Process Technology

The Process Technology course is a module of our Wood-Based Panels training programme. It provides you with a theory- and practice-based understanding of the manufacturing processes in the particleboard, MDF/HDF and OSB industries. This course is organized in a hybrid format: While the full programme is offered on-site in Biel, Switzerland, selected presentations and seminars will be streamed, allowing participants to attend from anywhere in the world.

The course:

  • is designed specifically for engineers and managers from wood-based panel producing companies and associated industries
  • deepens your knowledge of the manufacturing technologies of particle- and fiber-based panel products
  • is taught by renowned experts from science and practice
  • provides room for discussing your specific technological challenges
  • gives you the opportunity to build a network with course participants and specialists from all over the world


The module "Process Technology" is offered on-site at BFH in Biel, or as reduced content online course. Find more information at "course structure" below.


  • Degree/Certificate Module Certification Process Technology
  • Duration 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, Switzerland / online
  • School School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
  • Next session 02 - 06 September 2024

Content + Structure


Do you want to expand your knowledge about wood-based panel manufacturing technologies, or are you new to this sector? This concise training program, offered since more than 15 years, provides expert knowledge, in-depth understanding of the relevant processes, and opportunities for networking with experts from the field. The core of the program is organized as an interactive week in hybrid format, with lectures, seminars, workshops, and much room for interactions with the other course participants. The week is supplemented by e-learning material.

The module "Process Technology" is offered on-site at BFH in Biel, or as reduced content online course. Both options are preceded by an e-learning package (as preparatory work).

For on-site participants (typically starting at 8:30 CET)
•    E-learning lectures prior to the course week
•    16 input lectures 
•    Hands-on computer simulation workshop 
•    Production technology project, with renown experts 
•    Field trip to companies from the sector

•    Build network with experts and course participants
•    Attractive evening program
•    Enjoy the unique Swiss beauty and hospitality

For online participants (selected times between 10:30 and 16:15 CET)
•    E-learning lectures prior to the course week
•    12 input lectures 
•    Hands-on computer simulation workshop

On-site participants will complete a group assignment and present the results to a panel of experts at the end of the course. In contrast, online participants will take a Moodle-based online exam shortly after the course week. The assignment or online exam is graded pass/fail.


Participants will receive a certificate. For on-site participants this can be credited as part of the CAS "Wood-Based Panels". 


You will be taught by renowned experts from universities and industry.

Partners and Sponsors

Requirements + Admission

  • Engineers and managers in the wood-based panel industry
  • Professionals from suppliers and associated industries
  • Researchers and graduate students from universities and research institutes

Entry requirements

University degree (Bachelor or higher) or equivalent qualification. The admission decision is made on the basis of the submitted documents.

Language skills

Strong English skills

Practicalities + Application

Our continuing education courses are held as face-to-face lessons (and include excursions). Certain parts are held in a hybrid form (face-to-face and online) or can be followed completely online. Should face-to-face lessons not be possible, they will solely take place online via Microsoft Teams.

The application deadline is August 4. The BFH reserves the right to cancel the course by this date. 

CHF 2'900 (on-site)
CHF 2'600 (online)

We offer a 10% discount if more than one participant from the same company registers.

For on-site participants: 2
For online participants: 1