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Western Kentucky University


Certificate in Food Processing & Technology

About the Certificate

The certificate in Food Processing and Technology is designed for professionals working in the food processing industry who have a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree in another field.  The certificate will provide professionals working in the food industry with the necessary knowledge in food processing, quality assurance, food regulations, and food safety to succeed and advance their careers in the food industry. Current undergraduate students at Western Kentucky University who are not majoring in Food Processing will be able to register and complete the certificate.


The certificate in Food Processing and Technology requires completion of 18 credit hours, including 9 hours of required courses and 9 hours of elective courses. The Core and Elective courses are as follows:


Core Courses (9 credits)

Credit hours

AMS 301: Introduction to Food Science and Technology


AMS 303: Food Laws and Regulations


AMS 352: Food Processing: Unit Operations




Elective Courses (choose 9 credits)


AMS 381: Food Quality Assurance


AMS 395: Fundamentals of HACCP


AMS 443: Food Packaging


AMS 462: Commodity Food Processing


AMS 271: Industrial Statistics



Benefits of the Certificate

  •  Expand your knowledge of food processing principles and concepts
  • Broaden your career opportunities in the food industry
  •  Increase your productivity and effectiveness in your current position
  • Increase your opportunity for promotions and pay raises
  • Be more competitive for upper management positions

Frequently Asked Questions

 Do I have to Apply for Admission to the University?

Although this is a non-degree program, you will need to be admitted to the university as a non-degree student. You do need to have a high school diploma to participate. If you are already a student at WKU, you will need to file an application for Undergraduate Certificate to add this program on to the degree you are already seeking.

How do I Start the Program?

You will need to apply for non-degree student status at the university, and then register for, and complete, the 18 credit hours of coursework.

To apply for the certificate, go to the WKU admission’s website

If you need assistance completing this application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 270-745-2551, or (800) 495-8463, or by email at

 Are Transfer Credits from another University Accepted?

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of food processing courses earned at other institutions or programs at WKU may be accepted toward meeting course requirements for the certificate program with advisor approval.

 How Many Courses can I Take per Semester?

The number of courses you elect to complete in a semester will depend upon the amount of time you will have available to commit to coursework. You set the pace for completing your certificate program. On average, an individual working full-time will take 3-6 credit hours (1-2 courses) per semester.

 How are Courses Delivered?

The food processing courses are delivered via Web or face-to-face. Because Western Kentucky University uses computer technology to deliver courses, you will need to have an e-mail address and internet access to participate.

 When Can I Start?

Courses are offered on a semester basis. Fall semester begins in late-August, spring semester begins in late-January, and summer semester begins in mid-May.

 How do I Obtain My Certificate?

When nearing the completion of your 18 credit hours, notify Charlotte Dixon ( or Ashley Source ( to initiate a review of your transcripts for verification of completion of credits. Once verification is obtained, the certificate will be mailed to you.

 How Much Will It Cost?

WKU offers this program at both On-Campus Undergraduate rate and the Distance Learning Undergraduate Rate. The On-Campus Undergraduate rate for Kentucky residents is $337 per credit hour for the 2011-2012 academic year, while the Distance Learning Undergraduate rate is $397.00 per credit hour.  The Distance Learning rate is not subject to Kentucky residency and remains consistent for all USA domestic students.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14