Preventative Controls Course

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course is being offered

at the 2020 Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference


Are you a farmer that plans on doing some value-added food processing?  Or perhaps, you want to do a value-added food business?  Then, the Preventative Controls for Human Food Course might be for you!

To Enroll (click here) Enrollment fee is $198.00

What is the Preventive Controls for Human Food Course?

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The 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”. 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.”

 Under the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, the responsibilities of a “preventive controls qualified individual” include to perform or oversee 1) preparation of the Food Safety Plan, 2) validation of the preventive controls, 3) records review and 4) reanalysis of the Food Safety Plan.

Please feel free to watch these free recorded webinars before enrolling in the course to learn more about Preventative Controls and how it might apply to you as a farmer or processor.

Ready to Eat:  Introduction to the Preventative Controls for Human Food for Small Farmers

Stephanie Smith, PhD, Washington State University

Watch the recording!

 Intro to Preventive Controls for Human Food for Very Small Value-Added Food Processors

Stephanie Smith, PhD, Washington State University 

Watch the recording!


Blended Course Description

This Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Blended Training course was developed to provide an alternative way for individuals to complete the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course. The Blended course consists of 2 parts. Part 1 is online (8-12 hours) and Part 2 (one-day) is in-person and Instructor-Led on February 21st at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. Both parts must be completed in order to obtain the certificate.

 Before you enroll for Part 1: Online course, please read the background information at this site to help you understand how the course is structured and what options will work best for you. You should plan from 8-12 hours to take the online course but you can start and stop at the end of each module along the way – it does not have to be continuous. There is a 4-hour inactivity time-out so make sure you complete an individual module before closing out or you will have to start at the beginning of that module again. Any completed modules will remain saved.

 The online portion of the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course is a prerequisite for attendance at the one-day in-person Instructor-Led training at the Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The online portion is completed through IFPTI's Learning Management system and emphasizes key-point concepts from the participant manual. The online portion covers all of the information presented in the first two days of the traditional three-day FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. 

 Online Course Curriculum (16 Modules – requires 8 to 12 hours to complete)

  1. Introduction to the FSPCA Human Food Course
  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
  8. Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination
  9. Process Preventive Controls
  10. Food Allergen Preventive Controls
  11. Sanitation Preventive Controls
  12. Supply-Chain Preventive Controls
  13. Verification & Validation Procedures
  14. Record-Keeping Procedures
  15. Recall Plans
  16. Regulation Overview

 How to enroll and complete the course:

  1.  To Enroll (click here) Enrollment fee is $198.00

  2. After Enrolling (send an email to Casey Matney to let him know you have enrolled in the course and plan on attending the Instructor-Led training on February 21stin Anchorage at the BP Energy Center).
  3. Complete the Part 1 online training (requires 8-12 hours) prior to February 21st. The Instructor-Led portion of the course will be led by Chris Sannito, Research Assistant Professor UAF and Brian Himelbloom, Associate Professor UAF (retired)
  4. Bring your printed proof of Part 1 completion (online completion ticket/receipt) to the Instructor-Led training (Part 2) beginning at 8:00 am at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage on February 21st. Plan on arriving at 7:30 to 7:45 am to ensure time for parking and to check-in with your instructors.  BP Energy Center Address: 1014 Energy Ct, Anchorage, AK 99508.
  5. Registration for the Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference is not required to enroll and attend only the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course. However, if you plan on attending both the Preventative Controls course as well as the rest of Conference, registration for the conference is recommended.