Better Process Control School: Retort Certification Course
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This course is intended for individuals involved in food processing operations that utilize thermal processing of low-acid foods in retorts. The FDA requires that operators of thermal processing systems work under the direct supervision of a person who has successfully completed a course provided by a recognized Better Process Control School (BPCS) provider. Registrar Corp is a recognized BPCS provider, and this course meets FDA requirements.
The BPCS Retort Training Course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles, regulations, and practices involved in ensuring the safety of low-acid foods in hermetically sealed containers.
Principles of Thermal Processing: This includes an introduction to the basics of heat transfer, the different types of heat processing methods, and the factors that affect the efficacy of heat treatments.
Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods: This covers the different types of microorganisms that can contaminate foods, their growth characteristics, and their resistance to heat.
Regulations and Industry Practices: This covers the regulatory requirements for processing low-acid and acidified foods, including the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system.
Container Closure Evaluation: This covers the different types of containers used in thermal processing, the importance of container closure integrity, and the methods for evaluating container closure.
Thermal Process Calculations: This covers the different types of heat processing calculations, such as D0, and Lethality, and the methods for calculating them.
Recordkeeping: This covers the importance of maintaining accurate records during thermal processing, including batch records, processing records, and temperature monitoring records.
You will complete at least 7 of the 9 chapters. Each Chapter includes videos, followed by interactive exercises that allow you to work with the information, and practice using it using real-world scenarios. There are interactive exercises within the training which you must pass, with a score of 80%, to move on to the next. If you do not pass, you may try again.
Please note: Students will need to purchase the Book separately ($125). It is available:
- Self-paced, practical online training
- Printable certificate of completion
- Downloadable student notes