Better Process Control School

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods.

This 3 1/2 day annual workshop is offered in the spring. 

The instructors are drawn from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Pennsylvania State University, and industry.

Who Should Attend

  • Retort Operators
    Each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. 


  • Microbiology of thermally processed foods
  • Principles of acidified foods
  • Food container handling
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • principles of food plant sanitation
  • equipment, instrumentation and operation
  • still steam retorts
  • Hydrostatic retorts
  • continuous rotary retorts
  • aseptic processing and packing systems
  • closures for glass, metal and plastic containers

For more information on this workshop, please contact Dr. Stephanie Doores (814-863-2956)

For date, location and registration information on this course please visit the link below:


Event Information and Registration