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Milk Gathering Plant Manager; Milk Laboratory Technician;
Milk Receiver; Milk Tester; Certified Milk Inspector


A Milk Gathering Plant Manager, also known as a Processing Plant Superintendent, manages a milk-gathering-station, factory or plant.

A Milk Laboratory Technician takes samples of milk and/or cream; determines weight or volume of milk and/or cream; makes bacterial counts of milk and/ or cream.

A Milk Receiver samples milk and determines the weight or volume of a producer's milk.

A Milk Tester tests milk and/or cream to determine milk fat content.

A Certified Milk Inspector is a private industry worker who is licensed to conduct dairy farm inspections.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in order to become licensed as a Milk Gathering Plant Manager, Milk Laboratory Technician, Milk Receiver, Milk Tester, or Certified Milk Inspector.

Age Requirement:

There is no minimum age requirement.

Education and Experience:

There are no minimum education and experience requirements.


Milk Receiver, Milk Laboratory Technician and Milk Tester
$5 -- Initial Application/License (valid for 5-year term)
$2 -- Annual Renewal
Milk Gathering Plant Manager and Certified Milk Inspector - no fee.

Examination Requirements:

Must pass both a written and practical laboratory test.

Examination Description:

Passing criteria: 75 percent on written; satisfactory technique in performing analysis.

Licenses Issued and Active:

As of September 1, 2011, there were 4,491 active licenses for these occupations.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
Phone: (518) 457-1772
Fax: (518) 485-8730

Standard Occupational Classification:

45-2011 - Agricultural Inspectors
45-2041 - Graders, Sorters, Agricultural Products
19-4011.02 - Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
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Additional Information:

Standard Method for Examination of Dairy Products, available from the following association:

American Public Health Association
1015 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-2605
Phone: (202) 789-5600
Fax: (202) 789-5661


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 10/19/12.

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