Process Technology

The Process Technology course is a module of the CAS Wood-Based Panels programme and provides you with a theory- and practice-based understanding of engineered wood product manufacturing.

The course:

  • is aimed at managers and experts in the engineered wood product industry and associated industries, processing companies and research;
  • deepens your knowledge of techniques for manufacturing chipboard, MDF/HDF and OSB;
  • gives you the opportunity to build a network with course participants and specialists from all over the world;
  • gives you the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of renowned experts;
  • helps you find solutions to real-life problems in everyday business.


  • Degree/Certificate Module Certification Process Technology
  • Duration E-Learning and one-week intensive course
  • Schedule Monday to Friday
  • Application deadline The application deadline is at least four weeks before the module begins.
  • ECTS credits 2 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 2'900.–
    If more than one participant from the same company: 10% price reduction.
  • Teaching language English
  • Location Biel
  • Department Architecture, wood and civil engineering
  • Next session September 2021


Content + Structure


Are you new to the engineered wood industry? Or do you want to deepen and expand your existing expertise? The Process Technology course combines basic principles and practical experience to prepare you for the current challenges in engineered wood product manufacturing. The cultural activities organised during the week-long intensive course in Biel also give you the chance to get to know other participants from around the world. This enables you to build a wide network of experts and specialists in the field.

Learning outcomes

The intensive course in Biel consists of input from industry experts, exercises at a press simulator, project work and a field trip to relevant businesses in the region.

  • E-learning
  • Lectures, discussions and knowledge-sharing
  • Reviewing case studies and exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Presentations by qualified specialists
  • Coaching and individual supervision
  • Latest findings from research and development
  • Independent study (literature review, project creation)
  • Company visits

You will complete a piece of group work and present it to a panel of experts at the end of the course.

Title + Degree


You will be taught by renowned experts from universities, the engineered wood products industry and plant construction companies.

Partners and Sponsors

Requirements + Admission

This course is aimed at:

  • managers and experts from the engineered wood products industry, associated industries and the research community
  • managers and experts from the research community
  • engineers in processing operations
  • engineers in machine manufacturing and distribution
  • researchers from universities and institutes

Entry requirements

University degree (university of applied sciences, university) or diploma in related subjects. Admissions decisions are made by the course leader based on applicants’ academic background and performance (‘sur dossier’).

Academic requirements

University degree (university of applied sciences, university) or diploma in related subjects

Language skills

Strong English skills

Practicalities + Application

The week of teaching in Biel consists of 30 lessons, including a one-day field trip to companies in the region, as well as an exam. Approx. 20 hours of self-study are also required.

The intensive programme runs from Monday to Friday. Instruction begins at 8:30 am each day and runs until 4:30 pm, including lunch. A varied programme of supporting events is offered in the evenings.

The application deadline is at least four weeks before the module begins.

CHF 2,900 incl. course materials, field trip with lunch and refreshments

This fee does not include the cost of hotel accommodation during the intensive programme in Biel or food, travel or parking.

These General Terms and Conditions apply to further education programmes at Bern University of Applied Sciences for which ECTS credits are awarded.

Infodays + Advice

Student advisory service

You are welcome to contact the course leader for a one-to-one consultation.

Location + Facilities

  • Laboratory for the application and drying of liquid coating systems
  • Laboratory for identifying and assessing key surface properties