BioNetwork Capstone Certificate in Pharmaceutical Quality Systems

This certificate demonstrates successful completion of a series of courses designed to provide the student with experience in biomanufacturing quality systems. Upon completion of this certificate, participants will demonstrate a familiarity with the regulations that drive pharmaceutical manufacturing cGMPs, proper SOP construction and revision, the ability to follow good documentation practices in all cGMP-generated records and the elements needed to effectively conduct investigations. Participants will be able to review and conduct external and internal audits and assist in U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory audits of their facility.

Who should earn this certificate?

  • New and incumbent biomanufacturing operators, process technicians and entry-level professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries
  • Individuals retraining and transitioning from other industries into biomanufacturing jobs
  • College students and recent graduates of life sciences programs, including Agricultural Biotechnology, Agriculture, Biology, Biopharmaceutical Technology, Bioprocess Technology, Biotechnology, BioWork, Chemistry, Engineering, Laboratory Technician, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance
  • Students who have earned or are pursuing a BioWork Certificate to enhance their job-related skills

Course requirements

Writing Effective SOPs
4 hours
Deviations, Root Cause Analysis
and CAPA Resolution
8 hours
FDA Audit Preparation
8 hours
Elements of Supplier
and Internal Audits
8 hours


One of these courses is also required.

Elements of Good Documentation Practices (GDP) and Data Integrity
4 hours
Good Documentation Practices
and Data Integrity
8 hours


One of these courses is also required.

CGMP Overview for Pharmaceuticals
4 hours
Elements of CGMP for Biomanufacturing Processes
16 hours

About BioNetwork Capstone Center

BioNetwork is an initiative of the North Carolina Community College System designed to promote the growth of life science industries, education and employment opportunities in North Carolina. The Capstone Center is hosted by Wake Tech Community College and located in the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Facilities include a certified cleanroom suite and state-of-the-art laboratories. Courses are led by faculty with industry expertise, allowing a unique and exceptional training opportunity.  Experientially oriented courses provide an array of critical hands-on experiences and problem-solving skills necessary for working within a cGMP-focused environment.

Course descriptions and registration information

For questions about the certificate or these courses, email [email protected].

Elements of Current Good Manufacturing Practices in Biomanufacturing ProcessesSEF-79524
This course focuses on the application of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) in the production of biopharmaceuticals. An overview of select topics will be covered from current regulations found in sections 210/211 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR...
Elements of Supplier and Internal Quality AuditsSEF-219CL
Regulatory authorities expect ongoing assessments of all processes and materials, and this course will help you understand regulatory requirements and expectations for audits. You will also learn the different types of audits, their purposes, and the investigatory and assess...
FDA Audit PreparationSEF-3001KI1
This course is designed to help in creating an environment of preparedness and a culture of quality assurance by raising the awareness of FDA compliance in regulated facilities. Maintaining current knowledge of preparation steps, do’s and don’ts, documentation completeness a...
Good Documentation Practices and Data IntegritySEF-211CL
This course presents the regulatory requirements and best practices for pharmaceutical documents, documentation, and record-keeping. It includes a review of the differences between documents and records; the typical ISO 9001 document hierarchy, as well as an explanation and...
Writing Effective Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)SEF-413CL
Students will learn how to write an effective Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as well as why these are a required and essential component of documentation systems in regulated industries. Discussion will include the functional areas in which SOPs are needed, the qualities...
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