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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 by earning a Penn State Certificate in Food Science or Food Safety. The program is a sequence of outreach classes that provide students with core competencies in specific areas. As a participant in the program, you are able to earn Penn State non-credit continuing education units (CEU's) in a relatively short time that will help you to meet your professional development 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

Note: We currently offer only one class in an on-line format: Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers (FSSFM). The remaining courses are held on the Penn State Campus or elsewhere in the state. However, several on-line courses are currently in development. 

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 or Food Safety 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 and Preventive Controls Courses

Specialization Courses

To obtain a Food Science or Food Safety Certificate, you must successfully complete all curriculum requirements. All training courses offered by the Penn State Extension may be taken as stand-alone programs. Courses are offered at regular times during the year. Check the calendar of upcoming events to learn when the next scheduled courses will be offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about 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

Dr. Luke F. LaBorde
Professor
Department of Food Science
The Pennsylvania State University
442 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email:
Phone: (814) 863-2298