Better Process Control School Slates Spring Courses

Two- or four-day courses available to receive certification for closure inspectors.

Published on: Feb 20, 2013

Certification courses from the Better Process Control School at Michigan State University (MSU) are slated for March 18-22 on the East Lansing campus.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration federal regulation states that all container closure inspectors and operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems need to be under the supervision of an individual who has received necessary certification from an approved school.

The MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation sponsor the Better Process Control School, which offers supervisors instruction and testing for certification. Registration is available for two- or four-day courses. Registration fees include tuition, textbook, lunch and refreshment breaks. Courses and fees are as follows:

Better Process Control School Slates Spring Courses
Better Process Control School Slates Spring Courses

March 18-20: Two-day Acidified Foods Course only, $410 per person.

March 18-22: Four-day Acidified Foods and Low-acid Canned Foods Course, $770 per individual or $695 per individual when two or more people from the same company register together.

(The four-day class will take place only if there are at least 15 people registered for this portion.)

March 18: Registration, 2:30 p.m; class 3-5 p.m.
March 19: Class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
March 20-21: Class, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March 22: Class, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

A brief study session will be permitted at the end of each lecture and related discussion prior to the closed-book exam for each registrant's specified subject.

Participants taking the final exam must pass with 70% or above to earn a certificate. Certificates stating that the individual passed at 70% or higher will be sent within four weeks to those who pass.

Reimbursement is not available for those who withdraw or do not attend the course. A substitute from the same company may take the original registrant's place, however.

The classes will take place at the MSU Brody Hall Complex, 241 W. Brody Road, East Lansing.

Lodging options are available at

To enroll in the course or view the class schedule, visit here. For more information, visit online or contact Megghan Honke at 517-884-7089 or