As of right now, there are no certified training courses. Really there are no certified inspectors anywhere, the Canadian system does not have anything set up like this. The CGC has tests that an employee needs to pass to become an inspector, and further more difficult tests to be a fully fledged inspector, able to grade export. The elevator system as well as the 3rd parties (SGS, Intertek, etc) all using their own internal training. Usually the upper few in the training departments are ex CGC or could easily walk into the CGC and get jobs. The expertise of the staff is entirely based on the quality of the trainers. 99.9% of the time, an "underachiever" will wash themselves out of a position, especially in years like we just had, they will be caught out on not being able to handle the grading challenges. There are a few that can slip by of course, and when there are several years of easy to grade harvests, some people may slip by for a long time.
As for how did I learn, it is 100% on the job experience. Learn by doing, being shown what to look for, developing the skills needed. Honestly, the people that are good at it will pick up most things very fast. Those that struggle with grading never seem to get it, for whatever reason they just can't see things and it seems like no matter how many times they are shown, it doesn't stick.
The problem with alot of mistakes that are made when a sample is being graded is not always the fact that the person is not trained, it is sometimes being rushed, not easy to do a thorough job when there are 3 miles of trucks lined up and everyone yelling at you to go faster. Another big factor in mistakes is improper procedures. Just the way grain sits on the bench will allow you to see or hide grading factors. Often mistakes are just pure not knowing or laziness.
Last edited by lurker18; 04-10-2015 at 01:45 PM.