TPC Training Acquires Above Training as Part of Strategic Expansion of Food Safety Training Offerings

Chicago, IL – March 25, 2021

TPC Training, a provider of workforce training, performance, and compliance solutions, announced today the acquisition of Above Training, an eLearning company that specializes in partnering with regulatory agencies and customers to deliver food safety training to the restaurant, hospitality, and food retail industries through their State Food Safety division.

Above Training is TPC Training’s third acquisition in the past seven months and follows the December 2020 acquisition of eFoodHandlers, enhancing the company’s professional business unit.

Like other TPC Training professional business lines, Above Training offers recurring, compliance-driven training, based on state mandated requirements for professionals and businesses. This acquisition supports the vision to expand TPC Training’s compliance-driven eLearning and certification solutions and services for learners pursuing and professionals maintaining certification across a wide range of industries and professions.

"Bringing together State Food Safety and eFoodHandlers brands offers our customers immense value in the markets that they serve,” said Derek Dunaway, CEO of TPC Training. “The combination of the two will allow us to establish and deliver market-leading services in food safety and compliance."

State Food Safety partners with regulatory agencies nationwide to develop customized training and service solutions. Their online, mobile responsive courses are customized to meet multiple editions of the FDA Food Code, as well as state or local requirements, in eight supported languages. The courses feature animated avatars, which have been shown to increase learner engagement, as well as simulation-based interactivities to promote retention.

“Over the past several years, State Food Safety has made tremendous strides with many industry firsts. With the combination of TPC, the future will continue to be even brighter,” said Franklin Lewis, founder of Above Training.

TPC Training, a Frontenac portfolio company, continues to accelerate its focus on investing in innovative technologies that streamline the delivery of education and training to its customer base.

About TPC Training

TPC Training is a provider of workforce training, performance, and compliance solutions. Featuring a deep library of technical and safety training content, as well as software solutions to manage workforce operations, TPC Training helps companies maximize the full potential of their workforce, dramatically improve productivity, reduce downtime, and keep teams safe. For more information, please visit

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