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.

The Penn State Food Science Certificate Program is a way for participants who attend our regularly offered short courses and workshops to show evidence of continuing education in food science and 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) 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 succes. Emphasis on hands-on activities for applying theory to real-world applications.

 Please Note:

  • Most of our courses are held on the Penn State Campus or at other locations in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Currently, only one course is available online.
  • Visit the course web page for each event to view fee schedules.

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 three 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) are required for each certificate. 20 CEU are required to obtain the Dual 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 certificate.

Food Safety Certificate (12 CEU required to complete certificate)

  1. Required Courses (4.5 CEU):
  • Select one of the HACCP Courses below
  • Specialization Courses (6 CEU):

Food Processing and Technology Certificate (12 CEU required to complete certificate)

  1. Required Courses (5 CEU):
  • Select one of the HACCP Courses below
  • Specialization Courses (5.5 CEU):

Dual Certificate - Food Safety / Food Processing and Technology (20 CEU to complete certificate)

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

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.

Note: For information about specific courses, please contact the instructor directly.

Food Science Certificate Program Registration Information

If you would like to register for the Food Science Certificate program or receive additional information, please contact the Conferences and Shortcourse Office at:

For Information About the Food Science Certificate Program Contact

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