FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course
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Become a Human Food PCQI | Comply with FDA Requirements

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

What's Included

Official FSPCA Certificate

FSPCA Course Participant Manual

Exercise Workbook

Fillable Forms

Model Food Safety Plans

FIC Food Safety Plan Schematic

Access to FIC's Private Resource Centre

Recommended Bundle

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

GMPs are the necessary details and stepping stones needed before any advanced programs such as HACCP, GFSI Schemes and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls can be implemented.

You will learn how to implement and manage the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system including the 12 steps and 7 principles. This course has been developed to comply with GFSI Schemes.


• FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulation overview

• Food safety plan - optional and required components

• Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) andother Prerequisite Programs (PRPS)

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

• Preliminary steps in developing a food safety plan

• Important resources for developing food safety plans

• Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination

• Process, sanitation, allergen, and supply chain preventive controls

• Verification and validation procedures

• Record-keeping procedures

• Recall plan


• 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

• OA/Production Supervisors

• Operations Managers

• SOF Practitioners

• BRC Professionals

• HACCP Coordinators

• Food Safety Technicians

• Auditors

• Food Science Graduates

• Food Safety Consultants

• Compliance officers

• Regulatory Affairs Specialists

• Packaging Facilities

• Holding and Distribution Facilities

Course Instructors

Sonia Akbarzadeh

Food Safety Trainer, FSPCA Lead Instructor

Nima Saidi

Food Safety Trainer, FSPCA Lead Instructor

Sonia Akbarzadeh FSPCA 1000 Club Recognition Certificate 2023

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.