The Official FSPCA Curriculum
Preventive Controls For Human Food Course

Now offered in 2 virtual formats:


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 2.5 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 2.5 day 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.

Simple Compliance Solutions also has years of experience in actual food processing on two continents and helping clients on five continents, and 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 new 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 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


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Typical Agenda for the 20-hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Course
(16 Modules) 

Note: The blended course covers the same material; however, all 16 modules are on-line and participants participate only in a one day instructor-led, live interactive portion of the blended course. More information below.



This is The Official Curriculum Taught By Lead Instructors Holding Certificates.


  1. Introduction to Course & Preventive Controls
  2. Food Safety Plan Overview
  3. Good Manufacturing Practices & Other Prerequisite Programs
  4. Biological Food Safety Hazards
  5. Chemical, Physical and Economically Motivated Food Safety Hazards
  6. Preliminary Steps in Developing a Food Safety plan
  7. Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans


  1. Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination
  2. Process Preventive Controls
  3. Food Allergen Preventive Controls
  4. Sanitation Preventive Controls
  5. Supply-Chain Preventive Controls
  1. Verification & Validation Procedures
  2. Record-Keeping Procedures
  3. Recall Plan
  4. Regulation Overview: cGMP, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food




 Blended eLearning Course Format


Online Training 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.

Simple Compliance Solutions offers Part 2 as virtual instructor-led session so that you can complete the entire training online – saves time and money!


Blended Part 1 Portion of Course:
The Blended Part 2 described below requires a certificate from the 20 module on-line Part 1 version of the FSPCA Blended course.  The 20 on-line modules can be done in one’s own time, in one or multiple sessions; individuals have completed in as few as 6 hours.   The Blended part 1 is $198 payable directly to FSPCA or through this website which also offers an option which includes both parts.  Or if you have already taken a Part 1, you may book here for Part 2 only.


Blended Part 2 Portion of Course:
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!


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 7-day requirement for review of records.




 FSPCA Lead Instructor

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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 course 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, this was new. 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


Upcoming Training for Public Courses

Option 1 Online - FSPCA Blended eLearning Course


Virtual Online Course ($700)


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.


 Upcoming schedules for the virtual online course:

Oct 25-28 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Nov 15-18 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Dec 13-16 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST

Jan 10-13 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Feb 14-17 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Mar 21-24 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Apr 25-28 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
May 23-26 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Jun 28- Jul 1 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST


*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


Select a date to proceed:






Option 1 Online - FSPCA Blended eLearning Course


Blended eLearning Course 


The Blended course consists of two parts. Part 1 is the official 16 modules FSPCA curriculum online that you can complete at on your own pace. Part 2 is virtual instructor-led and is being offered in two 4 hour sessions. 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 both Part 1 and Part 2 to receive your certificate.


Upcoming dates for Part 2 virtual instructor-led sessions:

No blended course is scheduled at this time.

*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





Option 2 - FSPCA In-Person Classroom


Your location or Charleston, SC on Kiawah Island 
(Cost: $795)


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:
Beautiful Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina, 29455, 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.
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In Historic Charleston, SC
A vast assortment of hotels are nearby in Historic Charleston, voted America’s # 1 Small City, 5 years & counting:  (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(, 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 also available on Kiawah:

  • (Tel: 800-654-2924)
  • (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.




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 Phone: (843) 564-8583 
Email: [email protected]





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