Online PCQI Training


Upcoming Date

March 28, 29, 30 ------------ Space available

Course Instructor: Sonia Akbarzadeh

Teaching Assistant: Bita Saidi

System Requirements: 
Webcam, microphone and speakers.

Course schedule follows Eastern Standard Time Zone.

USD $795.00 

Please note if you are newer to food safety or would like a good refresher, we highly recommend the Food Safety Expert Package which includes GMPs, HACCP and PCQI Training!
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This 2.5 day 100% live-online Preventive Controls for Human Food course follows the standardized curriculum designed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA.  During this highly interactive video-conference style training, you will learn the new FDA requirements for application of hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls.  This course will meet the requirements for a "preventive controls qualified individual" or PCQI. Practice exercises and training materials on how to build a FSMA compliant food safety plan and preventive control program are provided. Upon successful completion, you will receive an official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual" certificate issued by AFDO. 


Section 1 Defines the contents of the Food Safety Plan, reviews foundational programs such as GMPs, provides information about specific hazards and discusses the underlying principles used in food safety preventive controls systems. As each principle is discussed, the class will progressively develop a Food Safety Plan for a model product produced by a fictional company.  

Section 2 Practical exercises that introduce the participants to the process of developing a Food Safety Plan, including identification of tools and implementation tasks. 

Section 3 Explains the FDA requirements of the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation.


  • QA Directors and Managers

  • QA/Production Supervisors

  • Operations Managers

  • SQF Practitioners 

  • BRC Professionals

  • HACCP Coordinators

  • Food Safety Technicians

  • Food Safety Auditors

  • Food Safety/Food Science Graduates


  • Comprehensive electronic workbook & manual with the presentation slides and resources

  • Fillable forms and sample food safety plans

  • FSMA Food Safety Plan Schematic

  • 5 supplemental GMP video tutorials

  • Official FSPCA Certificate issued by AFDO (Association of Food and Drug Officials) 

FSPCA Certificate


"I really enjoyed the course. I thought the materials were excellent, really well put together with great examples of the concepts involved in each topic."

Agnieszka Patino
Quality Engineer
RR Donnelley Global Turnkey Solutions

"The instructor was knowledgeable and gave many examples to put the course into perspective with real cases. By the end, I felt prepared to build my own Food Safety Plan at my establishment in accordance with FSMA regulations, which was the whole point to begin with!"

Julie Montpetit
QA Manager
Wow Factor Desserts

"Thorough explanations, easy to follow along instruction, the ability to complete online as opposed to traveling was super convenient and cost effective. Sonia has the expertise and just the right demeanour to train on such an important topic."

Cindy Carlino
President Owner
Ohio Premium Provisions

"Sonia is wonderful at giving the presentation making sure to answer any questions with her extensive background in developing food safety plans. You can see in both Sonia, and her teaching assistant Bita, a passion in what they present in the course, and the responsibility they show in stressing throughout how important the position of a PCQI is and the consequences of not understanding this course."

Donald Cox
Quality Control Officer
Wade's Dairy, Inc

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