Blended Learning Option
This course, developed by 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 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) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. Food imported into the United States must meet the same laws and regulations as food produced in the United States.
The Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation is 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”. These activities include:
The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course has two parts:
Part 1: Online
Part 2: Instructor Led - Virtual
To successfully complete the course, you must completed both Part 1 and Part 2. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided after you have successfully completed both parts.
Part 2 - Instructor Led Virtual Training
The Part 2: Instructor-Led course is a review of the material from the Part 1: Online course, address questions that you may have related to the material in that course, and complete exercises applying the knowledge that you gained through the course materials.
To receive the Certificate of training from the FSPCA, you must complete Part 1 Online before the Part 2 class. To register for Part 1 please click here.
Instructor: Part 2 – Instructor-Led of this course is delivered by Amanda Evans-Lara who is a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course (Certificate #27709511).
Virtual Training: This course is delivered LIVE virtually. This means you must have a stable internet connection, webcam and microphone. You will be required to be in attendance with your webcam operational for the entire course.
Duration: 8 hours
Delivery: Virtual (face-to-face)
Note: This is virtual training. It is two-way interactive and live via video and sound. Numbers Limited.
Award: To successfully complete the course, you must be present for the entire delivery and actively participate in all the exercises. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided after you have successfully completed this course.
Prerequisite: You must complete Part 1 - Online of the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course. You will not be permitted to complete Part 2 without providing your Part 1 completion email. To register for Part 1 please click here.
Requirements: A stable internet connection that is capable of streaming video and audio, a webcam and microphone.
While currently most devices have built-in microphones and speakers we strongly recommend using a headset or earbuds instead of built-in or loud speakers. Using loud speakers may cause echo for everyone else in your live session at times when you are also using your microphone.
You are required to have access to an operational webcam as part of this course. All participants and the facilitator are required to see each other (just like an in-person classroom).
Read what some of our previous students have to say about this course.
I’m really happy to have templates to work with even though we can format any way we like it’s great to have some starting points for that.
Thank you so much for your time today to help me become a certified PCQI! This was the best live class I have taken.
Good course overall, Amanda was a clear teacher and presenter. Very happy with the overall process and course.
Thanks for the excellent course. It was enormously helpful for my understanding of food safety regulation. It would be a great asset in my career as a customs broker and FDA consultant.
I am very satisfied. I feel like I have a little hands-on experience with enough resources to be able to come up with a solid food safety plan.
The exercises were very effective and will help in developing our preventative controls. Overall I thought it was a great experience for my first virtual training. Thanks.
The most valuable part was filling out the forms correctly. The instructor was very knowledge and very pleasant which made this course much easier to go thru.
I was very surprised that the technology worked so well. This has not been my experience in the past. Great instruction, and a LOT of useful information. Despite the length, I wouldn’t hesitate to take another virtual course or to recommend this one.
Overall this was a good course, very informative and engaging. The information and exercises were helpful and valuable
It was a very good course to get the necessary information without having to travel and lose several days in the process. Effective and understandable. I would recommend and will look to have others from my business attend.
Amanda was a great instructor. She kept the class engaged with activities and questions.
Amanda did a great job on the course, thank you for a well-taught class.
Thank you so much for teaching the course online. It is valuable to not need to travel or commute anywhere for a good learning experience. The ability to learn to develop the food safety plan with specific examples illustrating the thought process of what is to be communicated and addressed was valuable. To actually practice through the written activities to implement the thought process, and the insight of what to look for when auditing and reviewing food safety documentation was also valuable. It was also valuable to have an international instructor to understand global application and concerns during feedback.
The activities through the course really allow for applying and understanding the material better.
Amanda Lara was an excellent instructor with easily understood examples/exercises. Exercises were reviewed individually instead of as part of a group. Great review of each chapter.
I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of taking the class on-line. It is very effective from a cost, time, scheduling and travel standpoint. Amanda was very skilled at doing on-line classes. I was impressed with how she juggled all of the technical issues so quickly.
The assignments and review of them were instrumental to me understanding with more confidence what I am learning. Amanda did great at sharing her knowledge on the topics at hand by making them relatable to all in the classroom.
I found the course experience very good. I feel more prepared and knowledgeable. Your good humored teaching style and the many exercises made the otherwise dry material much more enjoyable, thanks!
I got a lot out of the activities after every session. This helped to make the learning real.
I like how we reviewed everything from the book, and I love the templates in the back of book. This was a pleasant experience. Instructor was helpful.
It was valuable to see another sample example product than what was provided in the course work. The insights of the instructor was also extremely valuable.
To me the most valuable course was the chapter on allergens. I thought I understood this part of the chapter in depth, but I was incorrect. So learning more about the subject was a great help and made me feel more confident about becoming a PCQI. I enjoyed the instructor and if I were to take another class that she offered, I would. She was fantastic.
Having the Virtual format allowed better flexibility for timing and eliminated the need to travel. The course was easy to follow and I will take away much more than I would have a traditional classroom setting.
I learn best by doing, not reading, so getting real time feedback from the completing the activities was the most beneficial part of the course for me.
I was surprised to find it so helpful and you are incredibly knowledgeable. Amanda was great, very informed and to the point. Thanks so much!
Good class room information and instructor was engaging and kept us moving through the subject.
After completion of the FSPCA Part 1 Online course I was hesitant about Part 2 being a virtual course having never participated in something like that. Upon completing Part 2 with Amanda Evans-Lara, I was satisfied with the outcome. Everything from the login directions to the activities were clear and simple. There was never an uncomfortable feeling about the class. The combination of knowledge presented by the instructor and exercises asked to be done were informative and useful. Class participation was needed but not in a stressful way. Answers were submitted, and feedback was given without putting you on the spot if you were unsure of on a topic. Great experience for not having to travel.
Thank you, I found the class very informative and I think that you are a great instructor!
I really enjoyed the class, instructor, classmates, and learned quite a bit. I have a much better understanding of the course material overall.
The activities really helped strengthen my understanding of the course material. I really enjoyed this course and found it very helpful. The activities really helped strengthen my understanding of the course material.
The training was excellent and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to take it. I really enjoyed the real time feedback for the exercises. My colleagues are looking forward to taking the training with you in the future.
The training method used for the FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food Course was an excellent way to go! The ease and convenience of being able to complete this at my leisure was invaluable with my busy life. This was my first experience engaging in a virtual classroom setting. Amanda, our instructor was very helpful and patient with getting everyone set up. Even though, we were from all parts of the world, she managed to create a comfortable classroom feel that provided an easy platform to engage in the lessons being presented. Her extensive knowledge on the subject was evident from the start. The assignments she had us complete we’re very practical in the sense that we could take what we learned and immediately integrate it into our own facility programs. As an Operations Manager for a food manufacturing plant, I need to be involved in every aspect of the business. With the knowledge gleaned from this course, I feel armed & ready to ensure that each of my departments are in compliance with the new FSMA rules. Great course!
For me, the most valuable part of the course was the ability to learn a subject then practice it individually. Many times in these types of courses you will work in teams which leaves many members out of the learning activity. Excellent instructor and a good pace to the course.
The instructional delivery was very good. I was mentally prepared for having sound/feedback issues as is common with Webinars but this was very well done and well organised.
The most valuable part of the course was the explanation and side comments about how this links or is different from other programs. i.e. GMP, SQF, HACCP
HACCP Mentor’s virtual training is excellent for those that have been in the industry as well as those that are in the early stages of their food career. The combination of self-guided and online conference learning is an excellent method which allows participants to thoroughly digest the information and regulations presented. Compared to most other trainings I have taken, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of information that I learned as well as how thoroughly it was taught via case studies, examples, and virtual participation. I highly recommend this course and its experienced instructors.
Excellent course – especially considering it was online in a chat room – I was somewhat worried that it would be difficult/awkward, but Amanda made it easy and comfortable to use.
I found the most valuable part of the course to be the activities, followed up with instructor correction. They forced me to know that I know what I know. Had this been a lecture only, it might have been tempting to zone out.
The course was great! I liked that Amanda was very approachable and asked every person about experiences from their work and life (as well as provided examples herself) to draw connections from the material to real world situations and keep all of us engaged. Because Amanda had us continually return to the legal documents, I feel like I'm better able to navigate them and use them for my work place and our Food Safety Plan
The most valuable part of the course was the delivery of regulated material by a professional instructor, who is very passionate about subject.
Amanda was professional, patient, and very knowledgeable. The ability to be instructed by someone with her breadth of knowledge and background was excellent.