The Better Process Control School certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. All low-acid and acidified food processors must have a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This school satisfies the training requirements for both FDA and USDA regulations.
Bruce Applegate – Purdue University
Kevin Keener – Iowa State University
Mark Morgan – University of Tennessee
The Better Process Control School is sponsored by Iowa State University Center for Crops Utilization Research and Center for Industrial Research and Service, in cooperation with Grocery Manufacturers Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Requirements for Certification
Each person planning to be certified as a supervisor of a special thermal processing system or systems, must attend the lecture and pass the examinations for those specific subjects, in addition to the lectures and examinations on the following subjects:
- Food Microbiology of Canning
- Food Container Handling
- Food Plant Sanitation
- Records for Production Protection
- Principles of Thermal Processing
- Process Room Instrumentation, Equipment, and Operation
Each person planning to be certified as a supervisor of container closure inspection only is required to attend the lectures and be examined on the subject in the list above (except for number six) and one or both of the following, depending upon the type of closure to be inspected:
- Closures for Metal Containers
- Closures for Glass Containers
While participants are not required to attend all lectures on the subjects, we encourage all attendees to do so. Any person who attends all lectures and passes the associated examinations will be certified as a supervisor for the operations covered by the examinations, whether or not the participant will be working in these areas.
It is the responsibility of Iowa State University to identify to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the names and employers of those persons who satisfactorily complete this course of instruction and to identify which thermal processing systems and container closure operations have been completed. The unsatisfactory completion of any portion of the course will not be reported to the FDA. Certifications of completion will be prepared and mailed to each person who successfully completes the course.
Experience with the Better Process Control Schools has shown that students benefit when the examination on the subject covered in the course of instruction is given immediately following the lecture and group discussion for that subject. For this reason, examinations will be given at appropriate intervals and graded as quickly as possible, so that students are aware of their positions in the course.
The fee for the Better Process Control School is $800 per registrant. This fee includes the textbook, Canned Foods: Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluationpublished by GMA Science and Education Foundation, lunches, and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks. The registration deadline is October 15, 2017. Register here.