PCQI Training (Preventive Controls for Human Food) – Online Course

20 Hours

Online PCQI Training - Zosi Learning

Languages Offered

Languages Offered

English (EN-US)

Please note: Subscription for this course ends six months from date of purchase.



The Zosi Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) training provides everything you need to meet FSMA requirements and become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). This PCQI training uniquely combines the benefits of a self-paced online course with a live virtual session led by a food safety expert where you will dive deep into writing and updating your food safety plan.

Through this 20-hour training, food safety professionals will receive a comprehensive and complete understanding of the FSMA requirements. Upon completion, you will have enhanced knowledge of preventive controls, recordkeeping, verification and validation procedures, and food safety hazards so you can update and/or create your food safety plan.

“In my opinion, this was the most informative and complete training experience I have received. The methods of teaching allowed me the flexibility to learn at my own pace and the live portion of the lesson was very hands-on, engaging, and allowed the class to ask questions relative to specific functions within their own organization. I would recommend this course to anyone no matter the skill level that they are currently at.”

— Danny Gouin, QA Manager, Little Big Farm Foods


  • Access the FSPCA course curriculum, conveniently online and on your time
  • Collaborate with experienced PQCI training instructors
  • Earn a FSPCA PCQI Certificate of Completion
  • Earn 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) after completing the on-demand course and instructor-led training

Zosi’s unique PCQI training course expands on the standard FSPCA PCQI training curriculum by providing food industry best practices, real-world insights, and practical advice by food industry experts. Our experts have over 200 years of combined food industry expertise, giving you the confidence you need to become a successful PCQI.

Meet Your Instructors

Jorge Acosta, Director of Technical Services for Intertek Alchemy, has over 20 years of experience in the food industry.

Jeff Chilton, VP of Consulting for Intertek Alchemy, has over 30 years of experience in the food industry and was recently recognized as a top instructor by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA).

Top Ten 2023 FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Lead Instructor
Based on the number of participants trained and issued FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food certificates between August 15, 2022 and August 15, 2023.

Together they bring a wealth of real-world knowledge to this course and the live virtual session where you can get your specific questions answered.



  • Receive FSPCA PCQI Certificate of Completion
  • FSPCA course curriculum
  • Self-Paced eLearning environment
  • Learn how to develop or update your food safety plan
  • Prepare for the new FSMA PCQI regulations
  • Engage in an interactive course portal
  • Learn best practices and review case study examples
  • Get 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs)

This course expands on the standard FSPCA PCQI curriculum and provides industry best practices, real-world insights and practical advice developed on the manufacturing floor by members of the Alchemy Consulting Team. This team features more than 200 years of combined food industry expertise so you can rest easy knowing that your training is based on a time tested foundation.



Official 16 module FSPCA curriculum

Section 1: Self-paced eLearning


  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

MODULES 8 – 12:

  1. Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination
  2. Process Preventive Controls
  3. Food Allergen Preventive Controls
  4. Sanitation Preventive Controls
  5. Supply-Chain Preventive Controls

MODULES 13 – 16

  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

Section 2: Live Session with PCQI Trainers

Part 2, the virtual instructor-led (ILT) portion of the course, is an 8-hour live interactive reinforcement of the eLearning curriculum. Our experts will help you take a closer look at a Food Safety Plan to ensure you’re prepared to write or update your own plan and satisfy the latest Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) requirements. The live session is directed by an FSPCA lead instructor from Intertek Alchemy. The opportunity to register for the live session becomes available upon completion of the eLearning section of your course. There is one session available per month.

Available Dates:

May 31, 2024
June 7, 2024
June 28, 2024
August 2, 2024
September 6, 2024
October 4, 2024
November 1, 2024
December 6, 2024

* ILT Sessions have limited spots in order to accommodate the interactive nature of the session in a practical manner. These enrollments are offered on a first come first served basis & seats cannot be reserved.

Who Should Register?

Who Should Register?

This training was designed for anyone looking to be a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) or backup PCQI. Food industry leaders who have a stake in developing a food safety plan for their organization will benefit from the comprehensive knowledge PCQI Training provides. We recommend members of the following teams complete the course:

  • Food Safety
  • Quality Assurance
  • Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Learning & Development



What is a PCQI certification?
While there is not an official PCQI certification, one can earn a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certificate of completion issued from the FSPCA. The training and certificate of completion from Zosi is the easiest way to prove you have successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventative controls that meet FDA standards. The FDA requires that a facility’s food safety plan be developed and overseen by one or more PCQI’s.

Does FDA require PCQI training?
Most facilities that are registered under section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act are required to have a PCQI. This ensures a qualified individual is in place to create and manage an FSMA-compliant food safety plan.

How long is the PCQI training?
The self-paced online training and 8-hour instructor-led training total approximately 20 hours.

PCQI Training (Preventive Controls for Human Food) – Online Course

20 Hours
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