Strengthen your chemical, petrochemical, and process engineering background and your pilot plant professional knowledge by learning how to set up and operate a pilot plant, transitioning research into production in the UW-Madison’s Pilot Plant Certificate Program.

Is this program right for you?

Pilot plants are typically found in the chemical, petrochemical, petroleum, upstream processing, refining, food processing, biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries, and the Pilot Plant Certificate through the Department of Engineering Professional Development will build your skills in setting up and operating these facilities.


You will learn from industry experts and faculty members in practical, problem-solving courses that will help you keep pace with best practices and technologies. The curriculum, presented in a face-to-face format in Houston, Chicago, and occasionally in Orlando, emphasizes how to handle the complex challenges that you’ll face in this dynamic environment.


Instructors focus on the latest industry innovations, codes and technologies to provide a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding pilot plants in a number of industries.


The certificate program offers high-quality training for plant professionals, researchers, project engineers, supervisors, operators and professionals with related experience.


What you Learn

  • Understand plant design, construction and operation and day-to-day problem solving in a pilot plant environment
  • Gain knowledge of plant and process safety issues and equipment needs at a pilot plant

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to face in Houston, Chicago, and occasionally Orlando


  • Take 4 core courses, each running 2 to 3 days
  • Chose one elective from a selection of three to fit your individual needs and interests

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