PCQI Certification

Preventive Controls for Human Food called PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) training is highly valued in work environments associated with food or food production. The PCQI certification indicates your recognition as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual to conduct or oversee certain activities specified in Preventive Controls for Human Food rule (21 CFR 117). Curriculum for that course was designed by the FSPCA and is recognized by the FDA as adequate to meet the requirements of PC rule. BD Food Safety Consultants LLC offers FSPCA PCQI training in Chicago and Atlanta to keep you in compliance.

Meet your PCQI 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
  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
COVID Precautions & Classroom Safe Learning

COVID – 19 Precautions

  1. If you experience any symptoms of an illness, please do not come to the class and contact us to reschedule.
  2. Classroom has been arranged to provide an adequate space between attendees. We reduced the number of participants per class.
  3. Classroom furniture and equipment is cleaned and sanitized after each day of the course.
  4. Face coverings are required while in the classroom. Hand sanitizers and face masks will be available at the class. Instructors wear face masks while in the classroom. The podium is separated from the rest of the class with a Plexiglas shield to allow Instructors to give a clear  speech without a mask.

Dates & Registration


Dates Location Registration
November 4, 5 & 6, 2020 ONLINE LIVE COURSE   Register 
December 16, 17 & 18, 2020 ONLINE LIVE COURSE   Register
January 13, 14 & 15, 2021 BD Learning Center, Naperville, Illinois  Register
February 10, 11 & 12, 2021 ONLINE LIVE COURSE   Register 
March 17, 18 & 19, 2021 BD Learning Center, Marietta, Georgia  Register 


Training Locations

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

Metropolitan Atlanta – 2470 Windy Hill Road SE, Suite 441, Marietta, GA 30067

Online Live Course via Zoom or GoToMeeting / GoToTraining. Online Class Times are in CST.

Pricing & Course Details

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

20-hour course schedule: Days 1 & 2 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Day 3 at 8 a.m. – noon.

On – site training courses are available for groups of 7 plus participants. 

What Does PCQI Training in Chicago and Atlanta Include?

When you sign up for our PCQI food safety training in Chicago or Atlanta, you will learn how to develop, implement and maintain a food safety plan compliant with Preventive Controls rule. 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:

  • Performing hazard analysis of particular types of food
  • Using preventive controls for food safety and monitoring those controls
  • Determining required validation procedures
  • Creating supporting documentation that meets food safety record requirements

Who Should Attend PCQI Certification Courses?

Individuals responsible for food safety and participating in food safety-related tasks should acquire PCQI certification. 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 Preventive Controls for Human Food training.

Where Are PCQI Classes Held?

We host on-site PCQI training near Chicago at the BD Training Centre in Naperville, IL, and in Atlanta, GA, 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 PCQI certification training in Chicago and Atlanta or to register for a course.