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Preventive Controls For
Human 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 Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) Course is offered either as a 20-hour (4 days x 5 hours per day) instructor-led course or in a 2-part Blended course, part 1 being on-line and part 2 being instructor led.

Rachel Montgomery of Simple Compliance Solutions has provided the 20-hour course since mid-2016 and the part 2 since early 2017 when she pioneered with offering the 8-hour instructor led part 2 of the Human Food course, live, virtually and interactively in 2 4-hour sessions to enable the training without the time, expense, and hassles of travel, and being away from the work site for a full day. The Simple Compliance Solutions course fee includes the $60 FSPCA official certificate (participants will not have to pay the fees directly to FSPCA).

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.

Note: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual.”  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.
  • Self-Paced eLearning environment (for the Blended Course).
  • 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, with reference material as PDF for the virtual course.

Who Should Attend/Participate

  • Food Safety & operational 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
Testimonials - PCQI Human Food Course Training

The 20-hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Course (16 Modules)

  • Introduction to Course & Preventive Controls
  • Food Safety Plan Overview
  • Good Manufacturing Practices & Other Prerequisite Programs
  • Biological Food Safety Hazard
  • Chemical, Physical and Economically Motivated Food Safety Hazards
  • Preliminary Steps in Developing a Food Safety plan
  • Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans
  • Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination
  • Process Preventive Controls
  • Food Allergen Preventive Controls
  • Sanitation Preventive Controls
  • Supply-Chain Preventive Controls
  • Verification & Validation Procedures
  • Record-Keeping Procedures
  • Recall Plan
  • Regulation Overview: cGMP, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

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 more days 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.

*We are creating classes outside the U.S., so if you don’t see your time zone, please contact us and let us know your time zone needs.

Virtual Online Course

Participants Ratings:

20 hours total

4 live virtual sessions
(5 hours each)

$700 USD

FSPCA Certificate Included

Upcoming Schedules:

Mar 25-28
Apr 22-25
May 13-16
Jun 24-27
Aug 26-29
Sep 23-26
Nov 18-21

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 Blended eLearning Course

16 modules self-paced eLearning + 8 hrs virtual instructor-led session

FSPCA Blended eLearning Course - Human Food
This 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. Both parts must be completed in order to obtain the certificate.
Part 01

Part 1 is the official 16 modules FSPCA curriculum online that you can complete at on your own pace, in one or multiple sessions. Individuals have completed in as few as 6 hours.   The Blended part 1 is $208 payable directly to FSPCA. 

Part 02

Live virtual interactive instructor-led part 2 of blended course. The course follows the Blended Part 2 course exactly but is live, interactive, instructor-led over Zoom or a similar platform. Usually the course is split over two days, which benefits those in manufacturing who cannot be away from operations for a full day. Personnel won’t have to leave the the plant or office AND won’t have to be tied up all day in training. This is the perfect solution for busy manufacturing managers and for executives alike! Include additional team members without disrupting the workplace!

Simple Compliance Solutions offers Part 2 as virtual instructor-led sessions (in two 4-hour sessions) so that you can complete the entire training online – saves time and money! During this session you will take a closer look at a Food Safety Plan to ensure you’re prepared to write or update your own plan to satisfy the Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements. The virtual session is directed by an FSPCA lead instructor. You must complete Part 1 prior to taking Part 2 to receive your certificate.

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

*We are creating classes outside the U.S., so if you don’t see your time zone, please contact us and let us know your time zone needs.

Blended eLearning Course (Part 2)

Participants Ratings:

Self-paced eLearning

Plus 8 hrs virtual instructor-led session

$350 USD

FSPCA Certificate Included

Upcoming Schedules:
No public course are scheduled at this time

11:00am - 3:30pm EST each day

  • 100% Virtual Online
  • Must have completed Part 1
  • Save on travel expenses & time

FSPCA 2.5 Day In-Person Classroom Course

In Person Classroom - FSCPA Training
This course is 2.5 day on site, includes $50 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

$795 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]