Professional development programs FAQs

Does BTEC offer an online training program and certification on critical utilities?

Because BTEC’s unique training facilities and equipment are a focal point of our courses, online courses are not currently planned on these topics.
How do I get a discount in BTEC courses for professionals?
A 20% discount is available to employees of companies belonging to the Biotech Manufacturers Forum and to five or more individuals from the same organization registering for a course. In addition, a special discount is extended to members of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB), and a 50% discount is available for faculty or staff working in an academic environment. See the registration page for any BTEC short course for details.
What is the last enrollment date for a given short course?
Typically, registration for BTEC short courses remains open until one week prior to a course’s scheduled start date.
Course enrollment is checked two weeks prior to the start date. If enrollment is insufficient, the course may be cancelled. To reduce the likelihood of cancellation, please register as soon as possible for any course you wish to attend.
If the maximum enrollment is reached for any course, an “enrollment closed” notice is posted on the BTEC website.
We are in need of training specific to our company; can you deliver such courses?
Yes, we can tailor any of the open-enrollment courses listed on our website to meet the needs of a requesting company or organization. Contact John Balchunas at to discuss your company’s training needs.
Which of your short courses provides a general overview of bioprocessing?
The cGMP Biomanufacturing Operations course.
I have some experience but need to learn more about the fundamentals of cell culture. What course do you suggest?
The Cell Culture Bioreactors for MAb Production course is recommended.
My interest is the recovery and purification of proteins; which course is best?
The Downstream Biopharmaceutical Processes: Fundamentals and Design course addresses those and related topics.
I would like a better understanding of the analysis and optimization of bioprocesses. Any suggestions?
The Introduction to the Design of Experiments (DOE) for Bioprocess Analysis and Optimization is a three-day course that teaches the application of fundamental principles through the use of JMP software, case studies and hands-on lab exercises.
Chromatography column packing is a key training need; do you have a course that could help us?
Yes, Chromatography Column Packing, which is taught by GE Healthcare experts, was designed with that as a key focus.
We need to eliminate waste and reduce variation. Does BTEC have a continuous improvement course?
The Level 1 Technical Training: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma for Biomanufacturing introduces basic Lean Six Sigma principles with a focus on application within the pharma/biopharma industry.