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The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulation requires every processing facility to have a trained resource person or “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual  who has completed a specialized training course (such as this one) that was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and is recognized by the FDA. This person will oversee the implementation of the facility’s  food safety plan and other key tasks. (See 21CFR117.180 (c) (1))

This is a One-Day FSPCA Blended Course as an alternative to our traditional 2.5 Day Course.

Part 1: Online Course completed by the individual before Part 2.The Blended Course has two parts:

  • Part 2: A One-Day Instructor Led Course. (TechHelp’s next Course takes place September 13 in Twin Falls)
  • PLEASE NOTE – You CAN enroll in our Part 2 Course prior to completing Part 1 but you MUST complete Part 1 in order to take our Part 2 Course.

Certificate of Attendance will be provided to participants who complete both parts of the Course. Before you enroll for the Part 1 Online course, read this background information to help you understand how the course is structured and what options will work best for you.

Listed below are the elements of the Blended Course:

Part 1: Online

  1. Participants enroll in Part 1 Online portion of the course on the FSPCA Website here.
  2. Once enrolled, you can begin the course immediately. You will receive an automated enrollment confirmation email. You have six months to complete the online course, so plan accordingly.
  3. The Part 1 Fee of $198 includes a $50 fee for an AFDO Certificate.
  4. During Part 1, participants complete 16 modules online at their own pace. This portion should take about 8-12 hours.
  5. Participants are strongly encouraged to download a FREE FSPCA Manual that will be used during Part 1 and Part 2.
  6. After completing Part 1, the participant will receive a course completion email and an Enrollment Ticket, shown below, that authorizes enrollment in Part 2 of the Course.

Enrollment Ticket from Part One Course Online

Enrollment Ticket from Part One Course Online

Part 2: One-Day Instructor-Led Course

Food Safety Specialist, Jeff Kronenberg,  of TechHelp and the University of Idaho will Lead a Part 2 Course in Twin Falls on September 13, 2017.

  • The Part 1 completion email or Enrollment Ticket authorizes the participant to enroll in Part 2.
  • Participants must bring a digital or hard copy of the Free FSPCA Manual downloaded for the Part 1 Online Course.
  • Those who complete Parts 1 and 2 will receive an official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certificate issued by AFDO. The certificate will provide each participant with a unique registration number and seals from AFDO, IFPTI, and FSPCA.
  • The typical Fee for the Part 2 Workshop of $330/person covers all course materialscontinental breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, soda, and tea. Coffee service includes coffee, decaf coffee and an assortment of teas. FSPCA_Logo_RGB_Large
  • We honor special dietary requests made in advance during the registration process.
  • Registrants who cancel 7 or more business days prior to the workshop will receive a full refund. Registrants who cancel less than 7 business days prior to the workshop will be charged a minimum of 50% of the workshop fee. No show will be charged the full workshop fee. Tax deductible under IRS Section 1.162.5 *Certain restrictions may apply; refer to your accounting department for specific applicability.

For registration questions, please contact—Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or


The course runs from from 8am to 5pm.

  • Morning

    • Welcome and Course Introduction
    • Chapter Overviews/ Group Activities
    • Chapter 1: Introduction to Preventive Controls
    • Chapter 3: Good Manufacturing Practices Overview
    • Chapter 4 & 5: Biological, Chemical, Physical and Economically Motivated Hazards
    • Chapter 6: Preliminary Steps in Developing a Food Safety Plan
    • Chapter 7 Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans
    • Chapter 8: Hazard Analysis
    • LUNCH
  • Afternoon

    • Chapter 9: Process Preventive Controls
    • Chapter 10: Food Allergen Preventive Controls
    • Chapter 11: Sanitation Preventive Controls
    • Chapter 12: Supply-Chain Preventive Controls
    • Chapter 13: Verification and Validation Procedures
    • Chapter 14: Record- Keeping Procedures
    • Chapter 15: Recall Plan
    • Chapter 16: Regulation Overview

Successful participants will receive an official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certificate issued by AFDO. The certificate will provide each participant with a unique registration number and seals from AFDO, IFPTI, and FSPCA. 

FSPCA Certificate of Training

FSPCA Certificate of Training

Who Should Attend

Director/VP Food Safety, Maintenance Managers, Production Supervisors, Production Leads, Sanitation Supervisors, Plant Managers, Quality Assurance  Coordinators & Managers, Safety Managers, Training Supervisors, Lead Technicians, Packaging Supervisors & Managers, Regulatory Personnel, Potential Preventive Control “Qualified Individuals”, and Personnel responsible for the implementation of FSMA.

Required Prerequisites

Successful completion of the FSPCA Part 1 Online Course as evidenced by a course completion email or Enrollment Ticket.

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Our Partnership

Our FSMA information, training, assessments and implementation services are provided by members of our highly qualified partnership of the University of Idaho Cooperative ExtensionWashington State University ExtensionWSU & U of I School of Food ScienceWSU Food Processing Extension & Research, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences – Food Science & TechnologyIdaho State Department of Agriculture,  Washington State Department of AgricultureThe Manufacturing Community of Southern Idaho and TechHelp.

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The University of Idaho/Washington State University School of Food Science offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science. Twenty-five world-class faculty and extension specialists provide teaching, research, and outreach to serve students, the food industry, and consumers in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.

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Located within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), one of the oldest established programs in the nation, offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study supported by 19 tenure and tenure-track faculty, a number of adjunct faculty, and 40 graduate students. Most faculty are housed in Wiegand Hall. Off-campus facilities include the Food Innovation Center in Portland, Oregon and the Seafood Laboratory in Astoria, Oregon.

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Southern Idaho is known as “America’s Most Diverse Food Basket”, with food production, food processing and food science serving as the economic foundation for the region. This six-county region leads Idaho’s agribusiness sector, contributing well over half of the state’s Ag receipts. Few if any other region in the country has the depth in agribusiness as is found in southern Idaho. The area is part of an exclusive club of 24-communitiesnationally that earned the Federal Manufacturing Community ‘seal of approval’ — and only one of four (and the smallest community) in the U.S. recognized in the food manufacturing category.  The area’s food production, processing, and science industrial sectors contain a significant mix of key technologies and supply chain elements, making it a regional manufacturing focus.

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