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Food Science Certificate Program

This program provides food industry professionals with educational opportunities in food safety or food processing and technology, and prepares food industry professionals for career advancement opportunities.

Expand your food science knowledge. Our certificate program is a sequence of classes that provides students with core competencies in a specific area. Because certificate programs focus on a specific skill set, students are able to earn non-credit continuing education units (CEU's) for this Penn State credential in a relatively short time and can help participants meet their career goals.

  • Only prerequisite is prior food industry work experience
  • Learn from faculty and staff experts committed to your success
  • Emphasis on hands-on activities for applying theory to real-world applications

Certificate Options

Participants may choose between two certificate options:

  • Food Safety Certificate
    Commodity: dairy, meat, produce
  • Food Processing and Technology Certificate
    Specialties: dairy, meat, produce
  • Dual Certificate - Food Safety / Food Processing and Technology

Course Requirements

A total of 12 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are required for each certificate. Participants must complete the required courses and can choose from a list of specialized courses to fulfill the remaining CEU requirements. Successful completion of the course and allocation of CEU credits will be determined by the course directors. Individuals who have attended courses in the last three years may receive CEU credits toward completion of a Food Science Certificate.

Food Safety Certificate

  1. Required Courses (4.5):
  2. Required HACCP Course (1.5):
  3. Specialization Courses (6):

Food Processing and Technology Certificate

  1. Required Courses (5):
  2. Required HACCP Course (1.5):
  3. Specialization Courses (5.5):

Dual Certificate - Food Safety / Food Processing and Technology

  1. Required Courses (7.5):
  2. Required HACCP Course (1.5):
  3. Specialization Courses (11):

HACCP Courses

Specialization Courses

To obtain a Food Science Certificate, candidates must successfully complete all curriculum requirements. All training courses offered by the Penn State Extension may be taken as stand-alone programs. For more information, view the Food Safety Courses and Workshops or call 814-867-1836.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questionsabout the Food Science Certificate Program.

Registration Information

If you would like to participate in the certificate program or receive additional information, please visit the link below:

Contact Information

Martin Bucknavage
Food Safety Extension Associate
Department of Food Science
The Pennsylvania State University
438 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: mwb124@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-1839

Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department of Food Science
The Pennsylvania State University
433 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: cnc3@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-8862