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DFW: FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) Training

DFW: FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) Training

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 to Thursday, April 27, 2023

North Central Technical College - Wausau

1000 West Campus Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
United States

Event Details

Course Overview

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.” The PCQI is responsible for oversight of the written food safety plan at their respective dairy processing facility.

The course offered by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin follows the FSPCA standardized curriculum recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

These courses will be strictly dairy industry based, with all exercise materials focusing on dairy products.  These working exercises are designed to provide practical details covering all the required components of the written food safety plan mandated within the Preventive Controls for Human Food [PCHF] rule.

Required Course Prerequisites

  • Strong understanding of Prerequisite Programs and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Employment at a food manufacturing facility 


Recommended Course Prerequisites

  • HACCP training within the past 5 years 
    •  A copy of your HACCP certificate must be sent to prior to the start of the course, if available. 

Dairy Food Safety & Quality Certificate Requirement:


  • This course is required for all Dairy Food Safety & Quality Certificate – Level 1 Technicians

Course Technology Requirements

This course is an in-person training course. A computer is highly recommended, but not required. 

Core Instructors

Adam Brock, Alex O’Brien, Marianne Smukowski, Matt Mathison

Course Attendance

You must be present and engaged for at least 95% of the course to obtain your certificate at the end of the course. 

Course Assessment 

Learning will be assessed throughout the course, so it is imperative that you actively participate. A 20-question assessment will be administered at the end of the training. You must obtain a score of 80% of higher in order to receive credit towards the Dairy Food Safety & Quality Certificate. 

Continuing Education Credits

Contact hours for this course can be applied toward a number of professional certifications including those offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and many other organizations. If you are looking to utilize these credit hours for a professional certification, please let us know and we will provide a formal letter of contact hours and an agenda.

If you achieve a 80% or greater on the final assessment and meet the attendance requirements, this course will count toward the Dairy Food Safety & Quality Certificate Program.

Course Details:

This course will be offered during the week of 4/24/23. This two and a half (2.5) day, in person course is open to all Wisconsin dairy companies and will be held at North Central Technical College – Wausau. Attendance will be limited to the first 20 registrants, so please register early. The course fee is $300 and will cover registration, meals, breaks and all materials. The course will run as follows:

Tuesday, April 25th – 8:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM                                                                              
Wednesday, April 26th – 8:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 27th – 8:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM