Program Description

All virtual training is delivered in Eastern Time (ET).

This course is available for Private Team Training; groups of six or more participants recommended for training to be cost-effective. Please email us for a quote.

This virtual, instructor-led training course is delivered over 2.5 days (total 20 contact hours) on consecutive training days as follows:
Training Day One: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Training Day Two: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Training Day Three: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for animal 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, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system”. This course developed by the 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.” Join us for this 2.5-day training program that has been designed for the PCQI and meets the FDA requirements for FSMA training.

In this interactive web-based, live instructor-led training, we have incorporated several group activities that require us to utilize breakout rooms for group work and discussions. These types of activities reinforce better knowledge transfer and allow our learners to share experiences and knowledge. All participants will need to ensure they can join the web-based, live training via VoIP to participate in these activities.

Each learner requires the internet, a computer with a built-in microphone and speakers, as well as sufficient bandwidth (512 Kbps).

Participant attendance and engagement will be monitored throughout the entire course. Course participants are only eligible for the FSPCA Participant Certificate of Training if they are present for all FSPCA modules, as confirmed by Lead Instructor and/or Course Monitor. The entire virtual delivery of the course will be recorded. The recording will be made available to the FSPCA upon request.

This course is taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.

Participants will receive an official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) after attending this training program.

Prerequisite(s): An understanding of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) will be beneficial.

Program Benefits

At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss current Good Manufacturing Practices and Prerequisite Programs
  • Conduct hazard analysis and determine preventive controls
  • Define process, food allergen, sanitation and supply chain preventive controls
  • Discuss verification, validation, recall and recordkeeping requirements
Who Should Attend

The course is applicable to facilities that are to comply with Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. Individuals who need to understand and comply with the CGMP requirements will benefit by taking the course.


This 2.5-day program covers 20 hours of contact time and is delivered with the first two days running from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the third day runs from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

NSF is committed to accommodating the learning requirements of all of our stakeholders. If you require special assistance for any reason, please contact nsflearn@nsf.orgsflearn one week prior to your class.

Private Team Training

This course is available for Private Team Training; groups of six or more participants recommended for training to be cost-effective. Please email us for a quote.