Better Process Control School

Aug 8, 2023 through Aug 11, 2023, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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.

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 July 25. This fee covers instruction, manual, and certificate. After the deadline, the registration cost is $825.

Class sessions will be hybrid. Participants can choose to attend in person on Ohio State's campus in Columbus, OH or virtually via Zoom.

The class will be held from 8 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday - Thursday and from 8 AM - 12:30 PM on Friday.

Registration -

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received by July 25 to receive a partial refund. There is a $50 cancellation fee ($150 cancellation fee if the book has been shipped to virtual attendees). No refunds will be given for cancellations after July 25 or for no-shows.

In the event of a low attendee registration, 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 allowed, but please notify us as soon as possible so we can update our list and contact the new attendee. Also, for virtual participants, if the book has already been mailed to the original attendee, that person will need to provide the book to the new attendee.

Baseline technical skills necessary for online courses

  • Basic computer and web-browsing skills
  • Navigating Zoom 

Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac (OSX 10.11+) or PC (Windows 7+) with high-speed internet connection
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Free Disk Space: 250 MB
  • Free RAM: 2 Gb
  • Resolution: 1024x768
  • Dowload Speed: 2.0 Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 0.1 Mbps

Necessary Equipment