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Private FSPCA PCQI Training

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We provide on-location PCQI training in Canada and the United States. Book a private training session for up to 10 members, and get your team certified!

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  • Private PCQI training at your location!
  • Up to 10 attendees
  • $750 CAD per person
  • Includes certificates & training materials
  • Travel expenses quoted separately

About the Instructor

Karine Lawrence, Sirocco Principal, has worked for the Canadian and US wine and food industry for over sixteen years and brings an extensive working knowledge in Food Safety and Quality Management Systems (GMP, HACCP, SQF, Preventive Controls for Human Food) including regulatory compliance, program implementation and auditing. Karine holds a Master of Food Science degree as well as a diplôme d’ingénieur (specialized in agri-food industries). She is a FSPCA Lead instructor, an approved Food Safety Advisor (FSA), Certified Safe Quality Food (SQF) trainer/consultant and Certified HACCP professional (CHA-ASQ, CCHP).

Description for our PCQI Training Course is listed below! Are you seeking another type of training or certification? Please contact us with your inquiries. If we are unable to serve you, we will connect you to the right place!

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PCQI Training Course (FSPCA)

This course offered by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FSPCA provides training programs to assist the food industry to achieve compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for human food regulation.

Successful completion of this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual or PCQI.” Under the rule, the PCQI, which can be a company employee or a consultant, prepares or oversees the preparation of the food safety plan, validates preventive controls, performs a review of food safety documents and reassesses the plan a minimum of every 3 years or when changes are required.

This 2.5-day instructor-led course is designed as a workshop to allow participants to gain the knowledge and skills to develop a food safety plan that meets FDA’s Preventive Control Human Food requirements. Participants will take part in group exercises and will assess the safety of an array of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) and non-RTE food products. The course constitutes a robust and well-designed refresher for food safety/quality professionals that are already familiar with HACCP principles. The curriculum provides many examples of ways to meet record-keeping requirements under the regulation. Quoted Course Fee includes training materials, manuals, and PCQI certificates for up to 8 people.

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PCQI Course Testimonials

I recently attended the training session for PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) required by the FDA for food exporters and U.S. food processing facilities. Karine Lawrence presented a clear view of the requirements and provided good practical example on how to implement them. She worked her way through the extensive manual in a knowledgeable, effective, clear and timely manner while allowing for participation and discussion of the people attending the course. She followed up and researched questions that she did not have immediate answers to and provided valuable information based on her experience in the area of food safety.


I attended the FSPCA Preventive Controls (Human Food)/PCQI course offered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Course materials were good, the mentoring approach was good, and working with other people in group setting made the course content much clearer. Karine Lawrence, the PCQI instructor did a good job of communicating and making it a more intimate arrangement. She provided good references along with the course material.  Overall, I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.


I got a better understanding of the Food Safety Plan required for FSMA from this [FDA’s Preventive Controls Human Food] training. Karine has skillfully conducted the training as she provided fact-based examples and links to additional resources to help first-timers build an FSP.  Karine was a wonderful trainer with her knowledge of the subject matter and extensive experience in food safety.


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