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Acidified Foods Manufacturing School – 100% Online

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Register here: Acidified Foods Manufacturing School

The Acidified Foods Manufacturing School, sometimes called the Better Process Control School, is an FDA-recognized course providing instruction primarily for operating supervisors, meeting the requirements stated in 21 CFR 114.10 and 21 CFR 108.25. The school is intended for operators or operating supervisors producing thermally processed acidified foods. Those who complete the 100% Online and On-Demand Course will receive a Certificate of Course Completion to demonstrate they meet the training requirement of the FDA Acidified regulation (21 CFR 114.10 and 21 CFR 108.25). This training sequence is equivalent to the training received by attending a standard in-person Acidified Foods portion of the Better Process Control School.

Course Structure

Acidified Foods Manufacturing School is a 100% ONLINE/On-Demand program.

Those who complete the 100% Online Course will receive a Certificate of Course Completion to demonstrate they meet the training requirement of the FDA Acidified regulation (21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 114.10). This training sequence is equivalent to the training received by attending a standard in-person Acidified Foods portion of the Better Process Control School (BPCS) course.

Randomized 10-question multiple-choice examinations will be given after each of the nine online modules. Students must pass each module quiz with 70% correct and will only be allowed two attempts. Any student who has failed any module may not receive the Certificate of Course Completion—completing ALL modules and passing ALL examinations after that module is mandatory to be certified. Those passing the tests given during the online curriculum will be certified as supervisors under 21 CFR, Sections 108.25 (f) (Acidified Foods) and 114.10 (Acidified Foods). Once registered, you will have 365 days to complete the course material, which should take approximately 20 hours. Once you complete the online course, you will receive a Certificate and no longer have access to the online content.

For more information and course registration, visit the Acidified Foods Manufacturing School website.

Although this course is 100% online and taken at your own pace, you will have support from the NC State Process Authority. If you need help understanding course materials or need help with passing the required quizzes, an e-mail or phone call can be scheduled.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • History of Acidified Foods Regulations
  • Why pH and acid are essential to understand
  • How bacteria and other microorganisms grow and multiply in foods
  • Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation
  • Thermal processing
  • Containers and Closures
  • Required records and recordkeeping
  • Recall strategies
  • FDA registration and scheduled process filing requirements

International Clients:

Please note there is an additional shipping fee to cover International shipping charges. After registering for the course, please follow the instructions below to pay the shipping fee.

  1. Visit our website
  2. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click where it says Entrepreneurial Program, and then click on the Online Request Form.
  3. Close to the top of the page where it says, ” HOME >>REQUEST FORM AND PAYMENT.

Click on “Request form and payment.”

  1. This will take you to the page where you can pay for International Shipping.

AFMS Policies:

  • Once you have accessed the course and a manual has been sent, we cannot cancel or provide a refund. 
  • Registrants cannot switch participants once the online materials have been accessed. 
  • A $10 cancellation fee will be applied if a refund is requested before shipping a manual. 
  • We need a valid mailing address to ship a course manual. The manual and shipping (domestic) costs are included with the registration; however, if a valid address is not provided and the manual is sent back to us, a $25 fee will need to be paid before resending it.
  • If you score less than 70 on a quiz (two attempts allowed), you will need to contact me to continue with the completion of the course. If you score less than 70 on the third attempt, you will be required to correct your missed questions before I can reset the quiz again. 

AFMS Course Policies are subject to be updated at any time.


Written By

Nick Fragedakis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNick FragedakisProgram Director and Acidified Foods Process Authority Call Nick Email Nick Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 3 months ago
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