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FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCQI) Course

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Next course: August 15-17, 2023

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If you are interested in attending a PCQI training course, please contact Marissa Cohen.


One regulation requirement of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the development of a food safety plan for facilities required to conduct a hazard analysis and implement preventive controls. Development and implementation of the plan must be done under the supervision of a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

This 20-hour training course, following the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA, is taught by certified lead instructors. Individuals successfully completing the course will receive an official certificate from FSPCA.


J. Edward Booth Field Learning Center
4000 Chi Road
Raleigh, NC 27603


Day 1 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Introduction to the Course
Chapter 1: Regulatory Overview and Introduction to the Rule
Chapter 2: Current Good Manufacturing Practice
Chapter 3: Animal Food Safety Hazards

Day 2 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Chapter 4: Overview of the Food Safety Plan
Chapter 5: Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Determination
Chapter 6: Required Preventive Controls Management Components
Chapter 7: Process Preventive Controls

Day 3 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Chapter 8: Sanitation Preventive Controls
Chapter 9: Supply-Chain-Applied Controls
Chapter 10: Recall Plan

Accommodations and Ground Transportation


Aloft Raleigh

The StateView Hotel

Ground Transportation

It is expected that most participants will drive to the course and provide their own transportation.

Important Scheduling Note

Participants must be present for the entire 20-hour training course to earn a certificate. If you are unable to attend the entire training, please contact Marissa Cohen to make arrangements to make up any missed materials, if possible.

Fees and Registration


Fee per participant $550

Fee includes all course materials (manual, workbook and completion certificate), lunches and breaks/snacks.


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If you are interested in being contacted when we open registration for the next Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCQI) training course, please email Marissa Cohen.

If the course is full, and you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please email Marissa Cohen, as additional seats may be made available dependent on demand. Also, if you are unable to secure a seat of this offering does not fit into your schedule, but you would like to confirm your interest in attending a potential second offering of the course, please contact Marissa as well.

Cancellation Notice

If you register and your plans change, please contact Marissa Cohen as soon as possible.

For Additional Information Contact

Marissa Herchler Cohen
NC State University
Cooperative Extension Service
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
234 D Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5396