FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Courses

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PCQI Learning on your terms.

New FSMA regulations require that key food company personnel in charge of managing the Food Safety Plan be Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has partnered with the FDA to develop course curriculum to meet the PCQI requirements. Deadlines for complying with these requirements are fast approaching.

Alchemy, the largest food safety training company in the world, now offers classroom and blended eLearning training options:


  • Learn how to develop a food safety plan
  • Prepare for the new FSMA regulations
  • Learn best practices and review case study examples
  • Receive official FSPCA course book
  • Earn 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs)
  • Includes a Certificate of Completion

Who Should Attend

  • QA Directors and Managers
  • QA Supervisors
  • Operations Managers
  • SQF/BRC Practitioners and Auditors

Blended eLearning Course


Section 1: Self-paced eLearning

The Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended eLearning Course enables you to become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) on your terms. This two-part online course provides everything required to pass your next audit, but it also features industry best practices developed right on the manufacturing floor by Alchemy Professional Services consultants capitalizing on 200 years of combined food industry experience. Part 1 consists of the 16-chapter FSPCA curriculum delivered online at your convenience.

Section 2: Virtual Instructor-Led Session

Part 2, the virtual instructor-led portion of the course, is an interactive reinforcement of the eLearning portion directed by a lead instructor from the Alchemy Professional Services team. 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 new Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements.

In-Person Classroom Course


The Preventive Controls for Human Food classroom course covers the identical 16-chapter FSPCA curriculum broken out over two and a half days. Classroom attendees enjoy the benefits of peer interaction in a live classroom environment. See the complete course agenda here.

Just as with the eLearning course, classroom attendees will receive all relevant information regarding food safety audit preparation and food safety plan compliance, as well as invaluable best practices from our experienced Alchemy Professional Services consultants. The classroom course is taught by a Preventive Controls for Human Food Lead Instructor from the Alchemy Professional Services team.

FSPCA Lead Instructors


Jeff Chilton

Mr. Chilton is a Preventive Controls for Human Food lead instructor with over 30 years of experience in the food industry, specializing in food safety, quality assurance, and plant management. He was President of Chilton Consulting Group for 18 years assisting clients achieve GFSI certification under the SQF, BRC, or FSSC 22000 standards.

Jorge Acosta

Mr. Acosta is a Preventive Controls for Human Food lead instructor and auditor in numerous GFSI schemes including SQF, BRC and FSSC 22000. He is also an Approved Training Provider for BRC courses related to Food, Packaging and Storage & Distribution.

Brent Heldt

Mr. Heldt is a Preventive Controls for Human Food lead instructor with more than 20 years of food industry experience in production, quality assurance and management. He provides expertise on numerous GFSI schemes including SQF, BRC and FSSC 22000. He is also a Regional SQF practitioner, HACCP certified and Lean manufacturing trained.


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2018 Classroom Dates

  • February 20-22 - Austin, TX
  • May 15-17 - Austin, TX
  • August 14-16 - Austin, TX
  • November 6-8- Austin, TX

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Our Impact:

I would highly recommend Alchemy for PCQI training to anyone in the industry. The instructors were very strong, and you will be informed to develop your HARPC program.
Colleen Ball Quality ManagerCrest Hill Bakery
This Alchemy Academy course has been absolutely wonderful. The first day alone was worth the course fee.
Danny Gardner QA ManagerDessert Innovations
Alchemy is synonymous with training. This course included excellent supplemental materials, and the depth of knowledge that came from the instructors is something you won’t find elsewhere.
Miranda Peguese Customer Quality ManagerCSM Bakery
We have been using Alchemy for several years at our facility and we love it. The training and content that is delivered to the employees are invaluable.
LaWanda Phillip Regional Quality ManagerCSM Bakery
The industry experience of the Alchemy instructors really helped provide examples of how I could implement the new FSMA requirements in my facility.
Laura Dietrich
Before the course I was stressed about implementing all the required updates to our Food Safety Plan. Afterwards, with the guidance from the Alchemy instructors, I feel prepared.
Jennifer Pinney
The Alchemy instructors were full of knowledge. Jorge & Jeff went above and beyond sharing their knowledge and expertise with the entire class.
Richard Lindsay
This Alchemy Academy course really helped me understand the difference between HACCP and HARPC. My knowledge of the new regulations has increased tenfold.
Richard Lindsay

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Andy Chilton



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