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Preventive Controls For
Animal Food Course

Become a PCQI

FSMA regulations require that key personnel in charge of developing and implementing the Food Safety Plan at a company must be a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, PCQI. The live virtual interactive instructor-led 20 hour Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) Course is offered as an alternative to the site-based PCAF course: the virtual approach enables multiple half-day sessions as an alternative to the 2 8-hour sessions & one 4 hour session and is very accommodating to individuals who cannot afford the time to travel for the PCAF course and need time in the plant daily. This is the perfect solution for busy managers and executives as well as plant personnel! Also, additional team members can participate without disrupting the workplace or incurring travel expenses! The Simple Compliance Solutions course fee includes the $60 FSPCA official certificate (participants will not have to pay the fees directly to FSPCA).

Rachel Montgomery of Simple Compliance Solutions has provided the PCAF course since mid-2016 and pioneered with offering the course live, virtually and interactively. Simple Compliance Solutions also has years of experience in actual food processing on two continents and helping clients on five continents. Participants rave about the meaningful examples Montgomery can share, and we have received excellent feedback about how the participants feel very engaged with the instructor and other participants.

Private virtual training is also available. Include your whole team to enhance implementation and have back-ups to handle the seven duties of a PCQI, including the requirement for review of records within 7 working days

Note: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Animal 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, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.” 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.”


  • Prepare for the new FSMA regulations, when a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) must perform or oversee activities, including preparation of the food safety plan, validation of the preventive controls, records review, and reanalysis of the food safety plans.
  • Learn how to develop a food safety plan compliant with the Preventive Controls rule.
  • Engage in an interactive environment, with an instructor who holds the FSPCA certificate and has real-world industrial experience with FDA compliance.
  • Learn best practices and review case study examples.
  • Receive the official FSPCA Certificate of Completion and the official FSPCA course book as PDF for the virtual course.

Who Should Attend/Participate

  • Food Safety personnel
  • QA Directors, Managers, and Supervisors
  • Other key leaders and cross-functional team members instrumental in building or strengthening a company’s food safety culture
  • Regulators, State and Federal (FDA/FSPCA designed the training so that Regulators would attend same classes as industry and understand what is being presented to industry)
  • Company trainers

The 20-hour Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course (10 Modules)

  • Regulatory overview & Introduction
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Animal Food Safety Hazards
  • Overview of the Food Safety Plan
  • Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination
  • Required Preventive Controls Management Components
  • Process Preventive Controls
  • Sanitation Preventive Controls
  • Supply-Chain Preventive Controls
  • Recall Plan

FSPCA Virtual Online Course

Live interactive virtual instructor-led sessions

The live interactive instructor-led virtual online course is identical to the site-based course with the exception of it being conducted over the ZOOM platform over an additional day with fewer hours each day. You will need webcam and audio (headset is ideal) to join the live but virtual conference training. The 20-hour course, normally 2.5 days on a site, is conducted in 4 live virtual sessions, 5 hours each, directed by an FSPCA lead instructor.

Once you register, you will receive additional information, including how to download the Zoom software. Participants must be ‘present’ virtually during the entire course, and actually, you will enjoy participating face-to-face and voice-to-voice virtually with the instructor and other participants over the full hours of the course, aside from the breaks that will be provided. Note: If you are not already internet savvy or have any concerns that your internet is not fast enough for full audio/visual communication over the Zoom platform, contact the instructor before the course for a ‘practice session’ just with you to try things out.

Blended course option:
You may contact the instructor if you are interested in the interactive Blended Part 2 Animal Food course which follows a completely online Part 1 covering the 10 modules site-based Blended Part 2 animal food course.

Virtual Online Course

Participants Ratings:

20 hours total

4 live virtual sessions
(5 hours each)

$795 USD

FSPCA Certificate Included

Upcoming Schedules:

Apr 8-11
May 6-9
Jun 10-13
Jul 8-11
Aug 19-22
Sep 9-12
Oct 7-10
Nov 4-7

11:00am - 4:30pm Eastern each day

  • 100% Virtual Online
  • No prerequisites required
  • Save on travel expenses & time

FSPCA Lead Instructor

Rachel Montgomery

Mrs. Montgomery is an FSPCA Lead Instructor (Human Foods Certificate # 32c592bd, Animal Foods Certificate # 1bd2c691, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Certificate # f3830814) with over 30 years experience as a food safety executive in large-scale manufacturing. Montgomery is the Principal of Simple Compliance Solutions, LLC and a Registered Microbiologist (National Registry of Certified Microbiologists). She can deliver the Preventive Controls or FSVP courses at your in-house or preferred location. Montgomery also provides consulting (See details on the Consulting Services page).

Great course! Skeptical of webex course at first because it’s not my favorite route. However, Rachel did an excellent job. Warm welcoming environment, knowledgeable and personable. I like how the virtual break-out rooms were used. Had a great group to work with and good conversations. I also liked how it was spread over 4 days (Virtual Online Course – Preventive Controls for Animal Food). It can be a lot of information to take it, so felt this was good. This was the best webex training I’ve attended!

Lorie Hannappel

FSPCA 2.5 Day In-Person Classroom Course

In Person Classroom - FSCPA Training
This course is 2.5 day on site, includes $60 certificate, course manual/reference book, light lunch and snacks.

Upcoming dates for site based courses:  
No public courses are scheduled at this time. Please contact the instructor to express interest in a site-based public course or to request a private course. 

Being in the class room that overlooks the beautiful ocean and beaches of Kiawah Island is a huge bonus to the class. It sets a very beautiful and relaxing atmosphere to learn in

Randy Franklin, Great Eastern Sun

Course Location
The Sandcastle Conference Room - In Person FSPCA Training

Beautiful Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina, 249455, at The Sandcastle, an Oceanside Conference & Event Center, One Shipwatch Road.

Kiawah Island is a world renowned conference and vacation locale, for families and special events, and voted # 1 island in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. Kiawah is the home of the Ocean Course: “Proud Host of the 2021 PGA Championship” and host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championships and 4 other beautiful public courses, among numerous other awards such as # 1 Family Resort and # 1 Tennis Resort.

Note: the conference room has windows overlooking the beach and a deck to gather during breaks or access the beach for a walk.


In Historic Charleston, SC
A vast assortment of hotels are nearby in Historic Charleston, voted America’s # 1 Small City, 5 years & counting:  www.charlestoncvb.com 

(Note: Charleston hotels closest to Kiawah that have been recommended by other course attendees are the Residence Inn Charleston, and the Holiday Inn Riverview, both with views of the Ashley River.)

On Kiawah
The Andell Inn(AndellInn.com, Tel: 843-793-6050), is a Boutique Village Resort Hotel, voted a Top 10 Hotel, 2015 by Southern Living Magazine and located in Freshfields Village, a unique town-center mix of shopping and dining, in a stylish atmosphere.

1,2 & 3 bedroom villas & also houses are available on Kiawah:

  • KiawahResort.com (Tel: 800-654-2924)
  • PamHarringtonExclusives.com (Tel: 800-845-6966), 5 night minimum

Refund Policy: 

Cancellations with refund up to 2 weeks prior. The $19.95 processing fee is not refunded.

In-Person Classroom

Participants Ratings:

2.5 Day

The Sandcastle

One Shipwatch Rd,

South Carolina, 29455

$850 USD

FSPCA Certificate,

lunch and snacks Included

Upcoming Schedules:
No public course are scheduled at this time

  • Beautiful setting
  • No pre-requisites required
  • In-person classroom

Private Options For Training

This course can also be delivered as private training in-house or at your preferred location for your company or organization. Please contact the Lead Instructor, Rachel Montgomery, to request a quote.

Facility and corporate executives:  bring your entire or key members of your food safety team to this public course (or as a private option) and take advantage of time to confer and to plan your compliance with this far-reaching rule.  Bringing in key leaders and cross-functional team members can be instrumental in building or strengthening your food safety culture. It is also an opportunity to bring family members and combine business with meaningful family time at a resort location.

Contact Us For Private Training

Phone: (843) 319-1377
[email protected]