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Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training Programs

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Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Participant Training Courses

Trainings are specific for produce industry.

The Preventive Controls for Human Food 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 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.” The courses are taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.

Our United Fresh courses will focus specifically on produce commodities so you can develop food safety plans that are in compliance with the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. United Fresh developed specific fresh fruit and vegetable training modules to ensure these courses are relevant the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, while still retaining the FSPCA standardized curriculum.

Those who complete this session will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) and The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). Upon completion, you will be qualified to meet the standards in the regulation.

Please note, this training does not allow you to train other trainers.

About the Blended PCQI Course

United Fresh is now offering the FSPCA blended PCQI course consisting of two parts. Part 1 will be done online on your own with the IFPTI online training portal and requires around 8-12 hours of work. Part 2 will be a required, one-day, in-person training. United Fresh will also host 4 webinars for the blended course to supplement the online training/learning. Please note that these webinars will be recorded for attendees and are not a course requirement, rather a supplemental training benefit.

You must attend the online and one-day training to receive your PCQI certificate.  Training fee includes online payment to IFPTI (this will be done by United Fresh), morning coffee and lunch, training manual sent directly to each attendee, your certificate and other course materials.

Upcoming CoursesBlended PCQI Courses

Online Course Part 1 + PCQI Blended Course Part 2 in Salinas, CA
Monday, March 26, 2018 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hartnell College, Alisal Campus
Register Now!

Taught by Dr. Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh Produce Association

Online Course + PCQI Blended Course Part 2 in San Antonio, TX
Sold Out:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Metrix 360 Labs | H-E-B

Taught by Dr. Betsy Booren, OFW Law

Optional Webinar Schedule for Supplemental Information: To see the United Fresh PCQI webinar schedule, click here.

Hotel information for San Antonio, December 5 Training:
This map provides a quick view of how close the airport area is to the HEB meeting location and surrounding hotels.  From the airport, head east to 410 South take the curve and the Rittiman exit is but a couple of miles south of the curve then turn left to our location. **It is not recommend to stay at hotels along that portion of 410 South because the area is mostly industrial by the meeting location. Rather please stay near the airport or downtown San Antonio/River Walk area. Please ask the hotel you call for an HEB rate as most hotels will honor one.

Email Erin Grether if you have questions about this course or she can be reached at 202.303.3402.

FAQs About the PCQI Course

What is The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA)?
The FSPCA is a broad-based public-private alliance consisting of key industry, academic, and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training, and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food in complying with the preventive controls regulations. FSPCA was the only organization supported by FDA to develop a training curriculum to qualify attendees to be Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals.

Who is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual? 
A Preventive Controls Qualified Individual applies to those who have successfully completed specific 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. § 117.180 

How can I become Qualified? 
You can become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual in just 3 days by attending one of our training courses using the FDA recognized FSPCA curriculum! 

Is being a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual important? 

Yes! Each FDA-registered facility subject to the Preventive Controls Rule for Human Food (including fresh-cut operations, and some packinghouses, coolers and warehouses/distribution centers) must have a food safety plan that has been developed, or the development overseen by a PCQI, who is also responsible for validation of any process preventive controls, record review and reanalysis of the food safety plan.

Why should I participate in this course? 
These United Fresh courses are the only ones using models plans created by a team of experts convened by United Fresh, with an emphasis on the food safety controls, most important to packinghouses. This training is tailored for facilities that are required to have a food safety plan under the Preventive Controls Rule, but aren’t traditional “processors.” These example plans will ensure these three courses are relevant to packinghouse companies while still retaining the FSPCA standardized curriculum.

What will I receive from participating?
After completing the course, you will receive a certificate and be qualified to meet the standards in the regulation.