Thermal Processing Professional Training Program

Thermal Processing Professional Training Program
9:00 am Monday, September 12 - 2:00 pm Friday, September 23

The Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Thermal Processing Professional Training (TPPT) Program is a two-week intensive program of instruction 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.

GMA’s TPPT Program teaches professionals working towards becoming a recognized Process Authority not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but they are also taught “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus on “why” sets GMA’s TPPT Program apart from other training programs.



Why TPPT? Why Now? Why GMA? 


Because  of recent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to processed foods, a renewed focus has been placed on the importance of understanding the science behind processing and the key role process authorities serve in the food safety system. Regulatory agencies are also emphasizing the review of thermal process filings and are 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 and is 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 help make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest processing advancements in the field.


9:00 am Monday, September 12 - 2:00 pm Friday, September 23
GMA Headquarters
1350 I Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005
Business Casual
Non-skid Shoes (Closed toe)
Long Pants Preferred
Lab coat, glasses and gloves will be provided

Register for Select Topics as an Individual Workshop!

The GMA TPPT Program consists of five modules conducted over the course of two weeks at GMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Many attendees are interested in specific topics but are unable to participate in the full program.

The following modules are also offered as individual workshops. Click on the links below to view the content of these workshops.


"Industry Guidance on Acidified Foods" *NEW*

"Essentials of Thermobacteriology"

"Thermal Process Development"

"Management and Evaluation of Thermal Process Deviations"


Please Note: Workshops are not cumulative.  Thermal Processing Professional Certification can not be awarded to attendees of individual modules due to training offered only in conjunction with the TPPT Program and is not offered by GMA at any other time..



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