Better Process Control School (virtual)

August 9, 2021 - August 13, 2021

August 9-13, 2021
9:00am – 2:45pm* EDT (Log in time: 8:45am EDT)
*This time is approximate and may end earlier on certain days depending on exams/make-up exams.

Comply with FDA/USDA regulations while advancing your food processing knowledge

Do you work in a plant that packs and thermally processes low-acid foods and acidified foods in hermetically sealed containers? Could your canned food products be vulnerable to contamination? Better Process Control School provides the training you need to comply with federal regulations, reduce your susceptibility, and minimize your liability.

This virtual online course provides essential information on how to effectively control the risks associated with manufacturing commercially-sterile foods, and how to comply with the U.S. laws that exist to prevent public health problems resulting from contamination in canned food products.

FDA and USDA Regulations Addressed by Better Process Control School

This virtual online course meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations in 21 CFR 108, 113, and 114, which require that each processor of low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods (including pet foods) operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. It also meets similar regulations and training requirements set forth in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations 9 CFR 318.300 and 381.300 for thermally processed meat and poultry products.

Increase Your Knowledge of Food Processing Principles

In addition to satisfying FDA and USDA requirements, Better Process Control School course attendees learn the practical applications of the principles underlying these regulations. You will increase your understanding of key concepts such as thermal processing system operations, microbiological food safety, equipment operations, and acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low acid and acidified canned foods.

BPCS Course Format

The Rutgers University Better Process Control School is approved by the FDA and follows the prescribed course of instruction for certification. After each section of the course is taught, students immediately take the related exam while the information is still fresh in their minds. Scores are provided before the next exam begins. To successfully complete the course, participants must attend all five half day sessions and pass the exams with a score of 70% or higher. Participants who meet these requirements become BPCS certified, and they also receive a certificate of training from Rutgers University.

Attention International Students

We cannot accept registrations from international students after July 9, 2021, due to International Mail Service Suspensions in various countries brought on by the pandemic.

Learn more or register here.