TNA180 - make a note that the XL spreadhsheet that was provided, as well as the courses all provided by RG3 are the BRC Food Standard, not for the BRC Packaging Standard. The reference to the training listed on the BRC website is right on, www.brctrainingacademy.com/CoursesinNSAmericaandCanada.aspx you will see a selection of courses. I like rains' thinking above - trainng in Las Vegas could be interesting....
As for the Standard, it's a free download from www.brcbookshop.com
The Bookshop is a little challenging to navigate, so I cut and pasted some support information...
With the introduction of BRC Food issue 7, all of our Standards are available as a free pdf download ( the entire Standard, requirements and protocol). This can be obtained from www.brcbookshop.com
Once you reach the landing page, you select the Standard (i.e. Food, Packaging, A&B…), then select the free pdf (it will say the UK version at this point, select that). When the next page loads, you scroll down and choose the translation (for example, N. American, French, or Spanish) where available. This will shift to the desired translation, and then add that to your basket. You will note that the cost remains at zero.
Just prior to downloading, you will be asked to provide contact information, including your e-mail address. This will allow BRC to communicate any changes, updates or positions statements direct to those downloading the Standard. This will satisfy clause 1.1.7 of Food 7, where the site is required to have a “current” copy of the Standard. The free download will be sufficient, provided any updates or changes are in place.
On the same website, can be found all other BRC materials that are available for purchase, including the pdf and hard copies of the Standards and Interpretation Guides. A credit card will be required for purchasing these materials.
There are some security features around the number of individual downloads per log in, as well as some restrictions on printability of the Standards. The intention behind these security features is to provide a certain level of Intellectual Property protection. It is encouraged that each person who needs a copy of the Standards, download their own personal copy.
Additionally, BRCParticipate is now available. This is a subscription based website, that for a single annual fee, provides access to electronic versions (including flipbook versions) of the Standards, Interpretation Guides, Best Practice Guides and BRC webinars. This subscription service is not mandatory, but provides access to significant resources for facilities seeking to improve their food safety systems. An introductory video about the site may be viewed at www.brcparticipate.com