Better Process Control School

March 10-13, 2014

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) of The Ohio State University Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center is an FDA, USDA, and FSIS required course for processors of low-acid or acidified foods. BPCS satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations designed to prevent public health problems in low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods. All processors of these food products must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. Upon completion, the four-day course certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. Additionally, BPCS is an excellent food safety training for processing and quality assurance supervisors, academia personnel working with canned and flexible packed food products, government auditors and inspectors.

Topics covered:
• FDA Regulations
• Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
• Principles of Acidified Foods
• Principles of Thermal Processing
• Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
• Food Container Handling
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• Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems
• Still Steam Retorts
• Still Retorts: Processing with Overpressure
• Hydrostatic Retorts
• Continuous Rotary Retorts
• Batch Agitating Retorts
• Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
• Closures for Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers
• Closures for Glass Containers
• Flexible and Semirigid Containers

Participants are required to attend sessions and complete a standardized exam on each topic. A passing score of 70% or higher is required. Upon the successful completion of the course, participants become certified and their names are submitted to the FDA. All attendees with passing scores will receive a certificate from The Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center.

Course Fee
The cost to attend is $750 per person by the registration deadline of February 24, 2014. This fee covers instruction, manual, and certificate. After the deadline, the registration cost is $815. Optional lunches are $12 per day. Optional parking passes are $6.25 per day. If parking on the OSU campus, a parking pass is required.

Class sessions are held in Kottman Hall on The Ohio State University campus.
Sign In
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10th 2014.
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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area for course participants. Please make your hotel reservations using the block code BPCS by Friday, February 7, 2014, to receive the discounted rate. Please call 614-263-7200 OR visit for reservations. 

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus - University Area
3232 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202

Cancelation Policy
Cancellations must be received seven days before the course date to receive a partial refund. There is a $50 cancelation fee.

Substitution Policy 
Substitutions are permitted, but please notify us as soon as possible so that materials can be properly identified.

The Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center offers customized sessions of the Better Process Control School for companies at their location. A minimum of 15 attendees is required for on-site presentations. To discuss this option, please contact Heather Dean at or (614) 292-7004.