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Blended FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food: Part 2 (in-person)

Event date/time: 
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
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Event location: 
UMass Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003
$225 (early bird)
$275.00 per person plus credit card processing fee.


The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) are intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human 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”. 

This course developed by the 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.” This Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Blended Training course was developed to provide an alternative for individuals to complete the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course. 

The Blended course consists of 2 parts.  Part 1 is online, and Part 2 is instructor-led (in-person).  Both parts must be completed to obtain the certificate.  The online portion of the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food blended course is a prerequisite for enrollment into Part 2, the instructor-led of the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. The online portion is completed through IFPTI's Learning Management system and emphasizes key-point concepts from the participant manual. Part 2, the in-person portion covers all the information presented in the first two days of the traditional three-day FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. 

Registration for Part I of this 2-part course is $198 and the link for course registration is as follows: Part 1: Registration for Online Portion - FSPCA Blended Program

To complete the course, a participant must be present for the entire workshop and actively participate in all of the presented exercises. 

Upon completion of this course, the trainee will become a FDA-recognized “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI). The course covers: 

  • How to create a Food Safety Plan meeting the FDA requirements as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 
  • How to conduct a Hazard Analysis, and differentiate between prerequisite programs and risk-based preventive controls. 
  • Guidelines for choosing Critical Limits, setting up monitoring programs, and implementing corrective actions when deviations occur. 
  • Documentation for all aspects of the PCHF-required Food Safety Plan including verification and validation activities, monitoring, corrective actions, and records review. 


In order to attend this one-day training session, you must complete Part 1 of the course online ahead of time, and bring the Part 1 enrollment ticket to class. For more information on how to take Part 1 visit:

Participants are responsible for having the textbook for this class. We highly recommend the hard copy manual, which can be purchased 1) ahead of time on the online book store at: or on Amazon or 2) purchased at registration and provided at the start of Part 2 in-person session (Cost is $42/book). Alternatively, participants can access the PCQI manual as a pdf for free at: FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course Manual. Please note: Students that are planning on using the pdf version must access the digital manual using a digital device that is sufficient to read the manual. Cell phones and digital pads smaller than an 8-inch screen are not allowed. The manual is consistently used for all of the hands-on learning exercises and participants use the entire manual throughout Part 2.  

It is recommended that you read the UMass guide: Getting Started: What to Know When Starting Preventive Controls for Human Food Training, which introduces the course and gives some helpful tips, tricks, and guidelines for understanding the training and working with the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.  

PCQI Certificates: To receive the PCQI certificate, all participants must 1) present the Part 1 completion ticket prior to attending Part 2, 2) be physically attend the entire session of Part 2, 3) actively participate during the Part 2 program, 4) present their completed worksheets to the instructor at the end of the Part 2 course, and 5) complete the knowledge assessments and program evaluation surveys. 

INSTRUCTORS: This course is being taught by FSPCA Lead Instructor that has been trained to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum. 

Lead Instructor: Amanda Kinchla, Extension Assistant Professor/Food Safety Specialist, University of Massachusetts, 413-545-1017,  

COST: $275.00 per person (early bird is $225) (price includes participant workbook exercises, individually numbered certificate of completion from the Preventive Controls Alliance and the Association of Food & Drug Officials, continental breakfast, coffee/tea, and lunch). Registration is non-refundable after the registration deadline (September 16 at 11:59 pm). Cancellation prior to the registration deadline will incur a $25 cancellation fee. 

Upon completion of Part I of the online class, you have 9 months to complete Part 2- the instructor-led course. 

Upon completion of Part 1, you will receive an enrollment ticket and a completion email. Email a copy of either the enrollment ticket or completion email to Amanda Kinchla, This must be received no later than Sept 25th (the day before the Part 2 class). 


Speaker(s) / Instructor(s): 
Amanda Kinchla, Food Safety Extension Specialst, University of Massachusetts, Food Science Department
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 11:55pm
Contact's name: 
Amanda Kinchla
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1 Campus Center Way Amherst MA