Thermal Processing Professional Training Program

This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf
This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf
This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf

Thermal Processing Professional Training Program

September 16-25, 2015
 

This unique certificate program is an intensive series of workshops designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current, science-based techniques critical to the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf

Specially built for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only with the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so vital. This focus sets us apart from other thermal process workshops.

  • Why TPPT? Why Now? Why GMA? 

    Recent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to processed foods have renewed focus on the importance of understanding the science behind processing as well as the key role process authorities play in the food safety system. Regulatory agencies are emphasizing the review of thermal process filings and re-evaluating the application of traditionally conservative thermal food processes.

    While the Better Process Control School (BPCS) Program is mandated within current regulations, the process development and analysis materials covered in the BPCS program are not sufficient for the thermal processing professional.

    GMA’s TPPT Program focuses on development of thermal processes and resolution of deviations encountered during the processing of food products. Our diverse panel of instructors - many of whom are process authorities themselves - will ensure you are aligned with the appropriate regulatory standards. It is crucial that processors understand and practice the most current science-based methods in the development of thermal food processes and GMA will make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest processing advancements in the field. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf

    Recent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to processed foods have renewed focus on the importance of understanding the science behind processing as well as the key role process authorities play in the food safety system. Regulatory agencies are emphasizing the review of thermal process filings and re-evaluating the application of traditionally conservative thermal food processes.

    While the Better Process Control School Program is mandated within current regulations, the process development and analysis materials covered in the BPCS program are not sufficient for the thermal processing professional.

    GMA’s TPPT Program focuses on development of thermal processes and resolution of deviations encountered during the processing of food products.  Our panel of process authorities, scientists and regulatory experts will ensure you are:

    • aligned with the appropriate regulatory standards
    • practicing the most current science-based methods in process development
    • up-to-speed on the latest processing advancements in the field.

    Registration for the Entire Program is now full but select modules are still available!

Recent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to processed foods have renewed focus on the importance of understanding the science behind processing as well as the key role process authorities play in the food safety system. Regulatory agencies are emphasizing the review of thermal process filings and re-evaluating the application of traditionally conservative thermal food processes.

While the Better Process Control School (BPCS) Program is mandated within current regulations, the process development and analysis materials covered in the BPCS program are not sufficient for the thermal processing professional.

GMA’s TPPT Program focuses on development of thermal processes and resolution of deviations encountered during the processing of food products. Our diverse panel of instructors - many of whom are process authorities themselves - will ensure you are aligned with the appropriate regulatory standards. It is crucial that processors understand and practice the most current science-based methods in the development of thermal food processes and GMA will make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest processing advancements in the field. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf


Get Your Certificate Over Time!

Four modules conducted over the course of two weeks in Washington, D.C. can be a tall order for anyone's schedule.  That's why we have given you options!  Get your certificate in less time out of the office!  Whether you take it all this year, squeeze in two workshops in three days, or take one workshop over the next four years, we will track your progress and work with you.

 

  • Microbial Validation and Verification Workshop

    September 16-17, 2015

    The Preventive Controls for Human Food rule will require that companies identify and control hazards, including microbiological hazards.  You need to understand the current regulatory climate and FDA expectations regarding a thorough hazard analysis.  Validation of preventive controls, such as thermal processes, is essential to the success of the food safety plan.  Verification of control measures through product testing and environmental monitoring will also be required.  Increased regulatory scrutiny in these areas means companies have to button up these practices.  Doing things "the way they have always been done" may not be enough anymore.  You will need scientific support to justify your methods.  Don’t wait for an inspector to find these issues.

    This one-of-a-kind workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to :

    • Identify pertinent microbial hazard analysis, including outlining the most recent developments in FDA policy.
    • Define the role of microbial testing in the verification of food safety control measures
    • Design and conduct laboratory studies as well as in-plant validations
    • Use thermobacteriology and other concepts for conducting validation

    Click here to register for the Microbial Validation and Verification workshop!

    Member Pricing
    $1,199.00
    Non-member Pricing
    $1,499.00

     

  • Industry Guidance for Acidified Foods Workshop

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Diving deeper into the niche classification of acidified foods, this workshop delves into policies, regulations, and federal guidance on how to distinguish acid foods from acidified foods.

    Participants will walk away from this session with the knowledge and tools to:

    • draft a thermal process recommendation for acidified foods
    • reprocess and repackage acidified foods
    • determine the adequacy of a scheduled process
    • calculate the heat resistance of bacteria important in thermally processed acidified foods
    • address spoilage using appropriate quality control procedures

    This workshop is sold out!

    Member Pricing
    $799.00
    Non-member Pricing
    $899.00

     

  • Thermal Process Development Workshop

    September 21-23, 2015

    Building on its 20-plus year history, this workshop uses hands-on activities with different packages and product types to examine in detail the design of thermal processes for retorted products.  Working in teams, participants will:

    • improve their skills and understanding of basic thermal process establishment and evaluation techniques;
    • identify critical decision-making steps essential to thermal process establishment;
    • study different methods of process calculation;
    • explain the basic principles of retort system operation.

    Click here to register for the Thermal Process Development Workshop!

    Member Pricing
    $1,799.00
    Non-member Pricing
    $2,099.00

     

  • Management and Evaluation of Thermal Process Deviations

    September 24-25, 2015

    Though companies strive diligently to eliminate them, thermal processing deviations still occur in food and beverage production, making proper management and evaluation of deviations essential to protecting public health and ensuring regulatory compliance. Further, federal regulations require low-acid canned food processors to detect and properly handle deviations from the scheduled process. In this workshop, GMA experts will cover the critical issues and techniques required to address thermal process deviations in everyday manufacturing, including:

    • Types of Deviations
    • Strategies for Prevention
    • Recordkeeping and Review
    • Correcting In-Process Deviations
    • Evaluation Procedures 

    Click here to register for the Management and Evaluation of Thermal Process Deviations workshop!

    Member Pricing
    $1,199.00
    Non-member Pricing
    $1,499.00

     

Contact Information

Registration:
Tonnetta Brown
Coordinator, Science Policy
(202) 637-4806