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.

The BPCS is presented in two overlapping tracks. Days 1 and 2 meet the training requirements for processors of acidified foods in glass containers. Days 1–4 cover all process systems and types of containers and closures used to manufacture acidified and low-acid canned or jarred foods.

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

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 food plant sanitation
  • Principles of acidified foods
  • Food container handling
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • Records and record-keeping
  • Equipment, instrumentation and operation
  • Closures for glass containers
  • Still steam retorts
  • Still steam retorts with over-pressure
  • Hydrostatic retorts
  • Continuous rotary retorts
  • Batch agitating retorts
  • Aseptic processing and packaging systems
  • Closures for double seamed metal and plastic containers

Our next offering of this course is April 29 - May 2, 2019. Click on the link below to register.

Event Information and Registration