Poultry Pro & New! Poultry Pro Plus!


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Poultry Pro

Course Content updated June 2021.

Poultry Pro is an introductory online course offered by the Poultry Industry Council.  This course was developed in response to a need identified by industry stakeholders for a relevant and comprehensive training opportunity applicable to the entire sector. Previously, no such industry-wide opportunity was available. Each module covers a wide variety of sub-topics and delivers a curriculum that was developed with industry representatives and subject matter experts.

The target audience of the course includes new farm workers, new industry employees, and new graduates hoping to work in the poultry industry.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Implement various disease prevention techniques
  • Identify tools for disease management
  • Find resources for successful breeder management
  • Distinguish appropriate practices for hatcheries
  • Discover best livestock management practices
  • Assess barn production
  • Distinguish best practices for feed management
  • Identify water management practices

Registration Fee:

$203.40 (includes HST)

NEW! Poultry Pro Plus

Prerequisite: Poultry Pro

If you have already completed Poultry Pro you might want to expand your knowledge with Poultry Pro Plus - a new online course offered by the Poultry Industry Council.

Your needs as someone working in the poultry industry are changing and the Poultry Industry Council has worked hard to make sure Poultry Pro has your back!  This new course has three additional modules covering the following important topics: transportation, managing the birds' environment and animal welfare, from a Codes of Practice perspective.

If you are seeking in-depth livestock transport training please check out the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification program or peruse the Poultry Handling and Transportation Manual

The target audience of the course includes participants who have already completed the Poultry Pro online course.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Ensure animal welfare of poultry throughout their lifecycle
  • Manage the bird's environment for maximum productivity and comfort
  • Understand the process for transporting birds safely, efficiently, and humanely

Registration Fee:

$67.45 (includes HST)

If you registered for Poultry Pro after May 31, 2019, you will be automatically registered for Poultry Pro plus by June 15th, 2021.  If you log in and do not see Poultry Pro in your enrolments email capthorp@uoguelph.ca.

Poultry Pro is all-encompassing for the poultry sector, it is not specific to any one poultry species. PoultryPro’s online course format brings together information that is very practical and useful at the barn level. It provides a foundation in poultry production for new farmers or farm workers and new industry employees, as well as new graduates looking to upgrade their practical knowledge of aspects that might not have been covered in school.

Poultry Pro isn’t meant to replace on-the-job training; rather, it will introduce those taking the program to important key poultry production concepts and make them familiar with relevant general information and aspects of the poultry industry.

More about both courses...

In order to successfully complete each module, participants take a test and a minimum score is required to pass and move on to the next module. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the entire course.

Poultry Pro will take participants between 10 to 25 hours to complete the five modules. Poultry Pro Plus will take around 10 hours.  Since the target audience consists of a few different types of participants who will have varying needs and backgrounds, the program was designed to offer flexibility when it comes to learning. There is critical information that everyone must know which makes up the basis of the course, and there is also a great deal of “good to know or “extra resource” material that participants can access and spend more or less time on, depending on their background and training needs.

Poultry Pro and Poultry Pro Plus are being delivered through a partnership with the Business Development Centre at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. 


Poultry Pro is hosted by Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre. Click the link below to begin your registration process.

Poultry Pro Course Registration

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The course information consists of online materials and a textbook and is provided in a variety of ways. It has been designed to be very interactive and features a number of interactive learning activities, clickable buttons, links and extra resources throughout each module.

While Poultry Pro is a very comprehensive training program, both the time commitment required and the cost are very manageable. Together with our industry partners, PIC has ensured that Poultry Pro is very relevant and useful.


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This project was funded by the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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