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The Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course

The Preventive Controls for Animal Food course covers the curriculum produced by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, as approved by the FDA, to inform the public and regulatory personnel of Part 507 of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The Preventive Controls for Animal Food course is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for animal consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.” This course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

Who Should Attend?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Foods requires that each facility have a written food safety plan and a hazard analysis that were prepared by a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). This course provides training for individuals seeking to be recognized as a  PCQI and helps develop the skills needed to create and maintain a food safety plan with a hazard analysis. The curriculum is designed for industry professionals with responsibility for developing and implementing a company's food safety plans. It is suitable for those working in any area of the facility (quality, sanitation, operations, logistics, maintenance, etc), where food safety plans will be used or where knowledge of the rule will be helpful (sales, marketing, upper management).

In-Person/'Live' Courses: 

These courses typically take place in a hotel conference room, please check individual course listings for specific locations. They are designed to follow the FSPCA curriculum directly which involves 2.5 days (20 hours) of instruction over 10 chapters of material. The cost of the course includes all materials, including a student manual, and a certificate of completion from the FSPCA. Courses typically run from 8am-5pm on days 1 and 2, and then 8am-12pm on day 3. 

Blended Courses:

For this course you are required to complete a self-study online course (Part 1) prior to attending. Part 1 is ran by FSPCA, Click here to register. Once you have completed Part 1, you have six months to complete the in-person Part 2 of the course. This is a one-day (8 hour) training in which we will review the material from the online course and work in small groups to practice the skills necessary for implementing Part 507 of FSMA. You will need to bring your student manual and notes taken during Part 1 to the Part 2 in-person training. Read more details from FSPCA.

Online Courses:

Self Study-  These courses are structured to allow for maximum flexibility while still ensuring learning of the major objectives and access to a knowledgeable instructor.  This is a self-study course with optional synchronous video meetings. Students will have 1 month to complete the required material. The required material will include watching recorded video lectures of the entire FSPCA curriculum, completing three assignments that are modeled after the FSPCA chapter exercises, and a post-test that covers the major learning objectives covered in the course. Completion of all of these aspects is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. Additionally, students will have direct access to the instructor in optional weekly Q and A sessions throughout the duration of the course- microphones and webcams are required during these sessions.. Students will receive feedback on their assignments from the instructor. Students will be sent a digital copy of the student manual or they may purchase a paper copy by visiting: 

Live Webinar- These courses utilize an Adobe Connect platform that allows for direct, lecture-style instruction and for small-group collaboration. They take place over 5 days, 4 hours per day. Please see specific course listings for exact times and dates. A Google platform is also used to facilitate small group work. Students are required to have a microphone and speakers (preferably a headset). A webcam is also preferred but not required. A second monitor is also a useful tool for this course. Students will be sent a digital copy of the student manual or they may purchase a paper copy by visiting:  This course is recommended for students with some previous knowledge of the Preventive Controls regulations. This course is not recommended for use with government firewalls or networks, please arrange to use a personal computer. 

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