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Better Process Control School

Annually in November

Course Description

Two types of certification are offered in this course and the length of training varies with the type of certification being sought. All course participants must complete the Acidified Food Certification portion of the course. Those wishing to also obtain Low-Acid Certification complete an additional 1.5 days of training.

Acidified Food Certification (length = 1.5 days)
Day 1 - Introduction to FDA regulations, microbiology, container handling, food plant sanitation, and record keeping.
Day 2 - Glass closure evaluation, metal can and flexible packaging container evaluation, theory of thermal processing, instrumentation, and acidified foods.

Acidified and Low-Acid Food Certification (length = 3 days)
Days 1 and 2 above + day which includes detailed discussions of the various thermal processing systems

Course Schedule and Format


7:30 a.m.


Tuesday- Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. each day. Following each lecture there will be a brief study period and time for questions. Exams will be given immediately after the study session.


The course is taught by faculty from the Institute of Food Science and Engineering, University of Arkansas. Additional course instruction is provided by consultants from industry  and professors from Oklahoma State University and the University of Missouri

Course Location

All classes will be held at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


There are many hotels in the Fayetteville area but none are within walking distance to the UA Campus


Registration fees:
Acidified Food Certification: $425.00 per person
Acidified and Low-Acid Food Certification: $550.00 per person
Fees cover all texts, supplies, instruction material and coffee breaks.

In order to park a vehicle on campus, you must have a parking permit. Permits can be purchased from Steve Seideman but driver and vehicle information will need to be provided ahead of time.

To register:
Complete registration form and mail by October 20 to:
Steve Seideman
Department of Food Science
2650 N. Young Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Phone: 479.575.4450
Fax: 479.575.6936
Companies will be invoiced for registration fees. If the contact person listed on the registration form is not the person to receive the invoice, please be sure to provide the additional information necessary for proper invoicing.

Or register on-line.


If you have any questions about the school, please contact Steve Seideman at 479.575.4221 or fax 479.575.6936.



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University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Food Innovation Center
Institute of Food Science and Engineering
2650 N. Young Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72704 • USA
Phone (479) 575-4450 • Fax (479) 575-6963