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FSPCA Blended PCQI for Human Food Course
Time Zone Conversion

8:00 a.m. ET = 7:00 a.m. CT / 5:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. CT = 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. PT = 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT


Course Description

This two-part Preventive Controls for Human Food course follows the standardized curriculum designed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. This comprehensive training equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure safe manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States.
By taking this course, participants will learn how to implement a food safety plan by conducting hazard analysis and implementing risk-based preventive controls in accordance with FDA requirements. This course offers flexibility and convenience, allowing you to learn all the material at your own pace and then schedule the instructor-led review session.

What's Included

FSPCA Course Participant Manual

FSPCA Exercise Workbook

Fillable forms and model food safety plans

FIC Food Safety Plan Schematic

Access to FIC's Private Resource Centre

Official FSPCA Certificate issued by AFDO

Earn Your Official FSPCA Certificate

Upon successful completion, you will receive an official FSPCA "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual" certificate issued by AFDO.

Certificate Fees are Included.

Bundle & Save

If you are new to the food industry, we recommend bundling with the GMPs and HACCP Course to learn the foundational food safety principles.

FDA's Final Food Traceability Rule went into effect in 2023. To stay up-to-date on the latest requirements, we also recommend bundling with the 2 hour self-paced module.

Course Structure

Part 1

8-12 HOURS Self-paced

Once enrolled in Part 1, you will receive an automated enrolment confirmation email. Shortly after, an email with your login information will be sent to start the course. Upon completion of Part 1, you will receive an enrolment ticket and a completion email from IFPTI so you can attend Part 2. Present your Part 1 enrolment ticket to us in order to attend Part 2. 

Part 2

1 DAY Live-Virtual Instructor-Led

Instructor-Led course is a review of the material from Part 1. We will address questions that you may have related to the material and complete exercises applying the knowledge that you gained from the course materials. In order to receive the Certificate of training from FSPCA, you must complete Part 1 Online before the Part 2 class.

Become a Human Food PCQI | Comply with FDA Requirements


FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulation overview

Food safety plan optional and required components

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and other Prerequisite Programs (PRPs)

Biological, chemical, physical, and economically motivated food safety hazards

Preliminary steps in developing a food safety plan

Resources for developing food safety plans

Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination

Process, sanitation, allergen, and supply chain preventive controls, Recall plan

Verification and validation procedures

Record-keeping procedures


• Define Food Safety Plan contents and delve into foundational programs like GMPs

• Progressively develop a comprehensive Food Safety Plan for a model product throughout the course

• Engage in practical exercises to identify tools and tasks for effective preventive controls

• Understand FDA requirements for the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation

• Participate in discussions, group workshops, and individual learning activities

Recommended For

U.S. Food manufactures, processors, packers, holders, and distributors.

Food exporters to the U.S.

QA Directors and QA Managers

QA/Production Supervisors

Operations Managers

SQF Practitioners 

BRC Professionals

HACCP Coordinators

Food Safety Technicians


Food Science Graduates

Food Safety Consultants

Compliance officers

Regulatory Affairs Specialists

Course Instructors

Sonia Akbarzadeh

Food Safety Trainer, FSPCA Lead Instructor

Nima Saidi

Food Safety Trainer, FSPCA Lead Instructor

Sonia's outstanding contributions have secured her in the "FSPCA 1,000 Club"

 This club recognizes FSPCA Lead Instructors who have collectively trained over 1,000 FSPCA course participants across the four FSPCA training curricula; PCQl for Human Food, Animal Food, FSVP and IAVA, leading to the issuance of FSPCA certificates.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is FSPCA?

FSPCA stands for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. It is a public-private partnership established to develop industry-specific training and resources for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

Is PCQI for Human Food training considered a standard requirement for food industry professionals?

Yes, PCQI for Human Food training is considered a standard requirement for food industry professionals who are responsible for developing and overseeing food safety plans at covered facilities under FSMA regulations. Having a PCQI on staff is essential for compliance with FSMA requirements.

Is PCQI for Human Food training recognized by the FDA?

Yes, the PCQI for Human Food training provided by FIC, is a standardized curriculum created by the FSPCA and recognized by the FDA as meeting the training requirements for a PCQI who is responsible for implementing a food safety system.

Is FSPCA PCQI Training required by law?

While the FDA mandates that covered facilities must have a PCQI responsible for developing and overseeing the food safety plan, there is no specific requirement to attend FSPCA PCQI Training. However, completing this training is highly recommended as it provides comprehensive guidance on meeting FSMA requirements.