PCQI training (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) is FSPCA’s 2,5 Day curriculum recognized by FDA. Preventive Controls training is required for certain individuals at companies that manufacture, process, pack or hold human or animal food.  The PCQI certificate earned by course participants indicates your recognition as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual to conduct or oversee certain activities specified in Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (21 CFR 117). Curriculum for that course was developed by the FSPCA and is recognized by FDA as adequate to meet regulatory requirements for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals. This training course is the best way to become a PCQI as required by the rule. BD Food Safety Consultants LLC offers instructor led, FSPCA PCQI course in our Training Center in Chicago / Naperville and in an online live format. Read full description of the PCQI Training course including course agenda here.

Meet your PCQI Lead Instructors

Bart Dobek

Bart Dobek

Lead Instructor

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Lauren Daley

Lauren Daley

Lead Instructor

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Carmen Ciocan

Carmen Ciocan

Assistant Instructor

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Learn More About Online Live Course Criteria

Live Online Course features include Expert Instructors, Interactions, Breakout Rooms and Electronic Training Materials. Learn more about online live training criteria below. 

  1. Course Access
    You will receive a web page link to Zoom, GoToTraining or GoToMeeting. Please follow the instructions to access the course.
  2. Visual contact during the course
    It is required that Course Instructors maintain visual contact with participants at all times throughout the course. The system allows for webcam sharing and this function will be activated at the start of the class. Please assure your webcam is properly working before the class. You can test your webcam by clicking on the link below:
  3. Audio connectivity
    It is required that participants share their work results and respond to questions during the class. Please test your audio functions by using the link below:
    We Strongly recommend using a headset to minimize background noise.
  4. Participation
    FSPCA’s, IHA’s and BD’s attendance Policy is very strict. It is required that course participants attend the full length of the course. Participants arriving late, leaving early or being in and out throughout the course will not receive their certificates.
  5. Successful completion of the course and work evaluation
    There will be no pre and post assessment for most of the courses except HACCP. Successful completion of the course is determined based on the attendance – see 4) Participation – and completing Group Exercises. Additionally, the HACCP Course requires written quiz at the end of the course with 75% passing score. Participants will complete work exercises and share their work results during the class.
  6. Training Materials and Certificates                                                                                                      Training materials for the Online Live Courses are provided in electronic version only. If you wish to obtain a hard copy of the materials for FSPCA Courses, please visit https://bookstorefspca.ifpti.org . For all other courses please contact us directly at training@bdfoodsafety.com . Certificates will be emailed or mailed to participants after successful completion of the course

Dates & Registration – Public Courses


Dates Location Price 
March 22, 23, 24, 2023 BD Learning Center, Naperville, Illinois $699 Register
April 19, 20 & 21, 2023 ONLINE LIVE COURSE $699 3 Seats Left    Register
May 17, 18 & 19, 2023 BD Learning Center, Naperville, IL  $699 Register
June 14, 15 & 16, 2023 ONLINE LIVE COURSE  $699 Register
July 26, 27 & 28, 2023 BD Learning Center, Naperville, IL $699 Register
August 16, 17 & 18, 2023 ONLINE LIVE COURSE  $699 Register
HACCP & PCQI Course Bundle Registration – $100 Savings (mix and match the dates) $1098  Register


Training Locations & Times

Chicagoland – BD Learning Center – 600 W 5th Ave, Suite B, Naperville, IL 60563

20-hour course schedule: Days 1 & 2 at 8 am CST– 5 pm CST, Day 3 at 8 am CST – 12:00 pm CST

Online Live Course conducted via Zoom. Online Class Times are in Central Standard Time.

Pricing & Course Details

Price per person: $699, (5% off for three or more participants, 10% off for five or more participants) – Price includes FSPCA certificate fees. Hard copies of training materials are provided to participants at no cost in classroom courses only. 

Private PCQI Training Session

BD Food Safety Consultants offers private PCQI Training sessions either on-site at your company, selected locations, online via zoom, or in our Training Center in Chicagoland in Naperville, Illinois. You can have between 6 and 15 participants in a private PCQI course. For in – person classes, training materials are provided in hard copy. In addition, we can provide training equipment such as projectors and flip charts. Contact us today regarding your private PCQI training course by clicking the button below.

What Does PCQI Training in Chicago, and Online Include?

When you sign up for our PCQI food safety training in Chicago,  or online, you will learn how to develop, implement and maintain a food safety plan compliant with Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation. The course materials are designed to meet training requirements for a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual under Title 21 CFR Part 117.180. During training, you will learn about:

  • Learning about the difference between HACCP and Preventive Controls
  • Performing hazard analysis of particular types of food
  • Determining preventive controls for process, allergens, sanitation and supply chain preventive controls
  • Learning about management components for preventive controls such as parameters and values, monitoring, corrective actions, verification and validation procedures. 
  • Determining required validation procedures
  • Creating supporting documentation that meets food safety record requirements
  • Hands on exercises to prepare learners to the role of PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual). 

Who Should Attend PCQI Training Courses?

Individuals responsible for food safety and participating in food safety-related tasks should acquire PCQI course. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires companies that manufacture, hold, process or pack food to have a PCQI available. The best way to become a PCQI and to prepare for compliance with the FSMA is to take FSPCA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food training that is recognized by FDA.

Where Are PCQI Training Classes Held?

We host on-site PCQI training near Chicago at the BD Training Centre in Naperville, IL, and online via zoom during various times of the year. You can find a detailed list of courses available below. The 20-hour course extends over two and a half days. We offer on-site training courses for groups with more than seven participants nationwide.

Why Undergo PCQI Training Through BD Food Safety Consultants LLC?

Our PCQI training courses are registered with FSPCA and follow standardized curriculum recognized by FDA as adequate to meet the requirements of Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. We conducted several training sessions for FDA inspectors and know their insight on regulatory requirements and inspections. In addition, all of our instructors have work experience from food and packaging manufacturing facilities that allows them to explain course content using operational examples. The courses cost $699 per person, but we offer a 5% discount to groups of three or four participants and a 10% discount to groups of five or more. Training materials and FSPCA certification fees are included in the course fee.

Contact us to learn more about our FSPCA’s PCQI training in Chicago, and online or to register for a course.

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