Better Process Control School

Registration for this course is closed.

The Federal Food & Drug Administration published in the Federal Register, March 16, 1979, Vol. 44, No. 53, a regulation titled, ACIDIFIED FOODS AND LOW—ACID FOODS IN HERMETICALLY SEALED CONTAINERS—MANUFACTURE & PROCESSING.  Parts 113.10 and 114.10, Personnel state:

“All operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems, and container closure inspectors shall be under operating supervision of a person who has attended a school approved by the Commissioner for giving instruction in retort operations, processing systems operations, aseptic processing and packaging systems operations, and container closure inspections, and has been identified by that school as having satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of instruction.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.


March 8-12, 2021: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School

March 8-19, 2021: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

All synchronous sessions will take place 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. EST.


Online, live synchronous sessions via Zoom.


$500 per person - five-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School 

$400 per person - for the five-day Acidified Foods Course only

Registration fees include tuition. All registrations must immediately follow with payment. Registration DOES NOT include text books. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with information about purchasing the required text book. Text books cost $110. Exams are open book.

You may withdraw from this course with a full refund less a $100 processing fee provided we are notified of the cancellation by Feb. 26. After this date, you will be responsible for the full registration fee if you register and do not attend. A substitute from the original registrant’s institution or company may attend. 


After each live lecture session and related discussion, participants are encouraged to ask questions before taking the exam on their own. The exams are standardized by the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation with approval of the FDA. A minimum score of 70% for each exam is required for passing.

Monday, March 8

  • Welcome
  • Chapters 1-3
  • Exams 2 and 3 on your own

Tuesday, March 9

  • Chapters 4 and 5
  • Exams 4 and 5 on your own

Wednesday, March 10

  • Chapters 6 and 7
  • Exams 6 and 7 on your own

Thursday, March 11

  • Chapters 8 and 16
  • Exams 8 and 16 on your own

Friday, March 12

  • Comprehensive overview

*The Acidified Foods course is complete after exams in the preceding topics are passed with 70% or greater score.*

The following sections are required for the Low Acid Canned Foods course.

Monday, March 15

  • Chapters 9 and 10
  • Exams 9 and 10 on your own

Tuesday, March 16

  • Chapters 11 and 12
  • Exams 11 and 12 on your own
Wednesday, March 17
  • Chapters 12 and 13
  • Exams 12 and 13 on your own

Thursday, March 18

  • Chapters 14 and 15
  • Exams 14 and 15 on your own

Friday, March 19

  • Chapter 17
  • Exam 17 on your own


After satisfactory completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate. The certificate will list the subjects passed with a score of 70% or greater, and will be distributed via email after successful completion of each program.

MSU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the course is cancelled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information about the course contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or