BPCS Training
Better Process Control School
Regulations for thermally processed low acid and
acidified foods packaged in hermetically sealed
containers (21 CFR 108, 113, and 114) are designed to
prevent public health problems from commercially
canned foods.
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There are 16 chapters covered, listed below.   

The mandatory number of chapters for the "Acidified
Foods Only" course (most small processors)  is 8
chapters out of the 16.

A passing grade is 70% for all exams; you are given the
option of two re-takes per chapter if you do not pass the
first time.  

-Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
-Acidified Foods - You MUST take IF your processing
facility relies on acidification as a means of ensuring
commercial sterility
-Principles of Thermal Processing
-Records for Product Protection
-Food Plant Sanitation
-Food Container Handling
-Process Room instrumentation, Equipment and Operation
-Still Retorts - Pressure processing in Steam
-Hydrostatic Retorts - Continuous Container Handling
-Still Retorts - Pressure processing with Overpressure
-Agitating Retorts - Continuous Container Handling
-Agitating Retorts - Discontinuous Container Handling
-Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
-Closures for Glass Containers
-Closures for Metal Containers
-Closures for Semirigid and Flexible Containers

The other chapters are not mandatory, but they are
suggested because you may work in facilities that utilize
these retorts or techniques sometime in the future.  For this
reason, we encourage everyone attending the BPCS to
study all the chapters presented and take all of the exams.
The school is particularly intended for
operators or operating supervisors involved
in production of thermally processed low
acid and acidified foods.  Production of
these preserved foods is covered by FDA
and USDA regulations.  This course and its
instructors approved by the FDA and USDA.

How the Course Works

Register and pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or
AmEx only- no Discover cards, sorry) or check.  Price is
$400 per person.

We mail you a textbook via FedEx Ground or US Postal
Mail for P.O. Boxes.

When you get the textbook, contact us for your
SmartSite account creation/login information.  A
reminder to do this is mailed out with the book.

Once you've created your account on SmartSite and
we've activated it and you've logged in, you will be
watching each video module, followed by taking each
chapter test.  Grades are scored immediately
afterwards in the "Gradebook2" link in SmartSite.

You have 3 months from your account creation date to
finish all the tests that you need.

Please Email us when you've finished all the chapters
that you need, and we will generate a certificate of
completion listing those chapters, and send it first by
PDF and later by postal mail.

Multiple registrants on one check (at $400 per person)
are fine; please email us the information for the
individuals if two or more.  Checks must be made out to
The Regents of the University of California.  The
remittance address is on the online registration form -
you need do only the first page of the form if you are
paying by check.  For wire transfers (international
registrants), please contact me so I can send you
transfer information.

If you are paying with a credit card, simply complete the
whole payment process online at the link above at top of
page.  You must have your own email account to register
- whether it is a company email address or a personal
one.  Email address cannot be shared between two or
more people taking the course.

Online Registration for
BPCS Online Training
Registration fee: $400/Person