Better Process Control School

The Better Process Control School (BPCS), offered by The Ohio State University's Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center, is required by FDA and USDA-FSIS for processors of low-acid and acidified foods. These processors must operate with a certified individual on-site at all times during processing. Upon successful completion of this four-day certificate course, supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidified food operations, and container closure evaluation programs will be qualified to meet U.S. regulatory requirements. Additionally, BPCS is an excellent food safety training for processing and quality assurance supervisors, academics, auditors and inspectors working with low-acid and acidified foods.

Certification
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 $775 per person by the registration deadline of February 28. This fee covers instruction, manual, lunch, parking and certificate. After the deadline, the registration cost is $825.

Location
Class sessions are held on The Ohio State University campus. Room Location TBD.

Registration - https://go.osu.edu/bpcsregistration

Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email from osufic@osu.edu.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received before February 28 to receive a partial refund. There is a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after February 28 or for no-shows.

In the event of a low attendee registration or emergency, the Food Industries Center will reschedule or cancel the course. If a course cancellation occurs, a refund will be given in the amount of the registration fee.

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

COVID-19 Safety Measures  
In accordance with public health guidelines, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

Pre-packaged box lunches will be provided.

Individuals who test positive or experience symptoms of COVID-19 cannot attend the course and will be provided a full refund. A daily health check is the most effective way to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which include the following:

  • A fever of 100°F or higher
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Chills 
  • Loss of taste or smell Top of Form

Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email from osufic@osu.edu. If public health or university guidelines change to prevent in-person events, the course will be transitioned to a virtual platform and offered via Zoom on the same date.