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FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Animal Food training from SGS – get your PCQI certificate.

Within a food processing facility, the PCQI is crucial to the management and preparation of the food safety plan, validation of preventive controls and more. You can become a PCQI for animal food by successfully completing our specialised training.

Why choose FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI) Animal Food training from SGS?

This course includes training developed by the FSPCA and uses an FDA-recognised standard curriculum. Students will take part in class discussions, interactive group workshop exercises, individual learning activities and information sessions. On successful completion of the course, you will qualify as a PCQI for animal food and gain your official FSPCA PCQI certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

The course is aimed at those who wish to demonstrate that they meet the training requirements for PCQI Animal Food. It is designed for those who: 

  • Prepare food safety plans
  • Validate preventive controls
  • Review records
  • Perform reanalysis of food safety plans
  • Perform other relevant activities as appropriate to the food

Course topics include:

  • Regulation overview; food safety plan overview
  • Good manufacturing practices and other prerequisite programs (PRPs)
  • Biological food safety hazards
  • Chemical, physical and economically motivated food safety hazards
  • Preliminary steps in developing a food safety plan
  • Resources for food safety plans
  • Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination
  • Process preventive controls
  • Sanitation preventive controls
  • Supply chain preventive controls
  • Verification and validation procedures
  • Record keeping procedures
  • Recall plan; FSPCA Regulation


It is recommended that students taking this course have prior knowledge of GMPs, HACCP or experience with animal food safety management systems.  

Course details 

  • Duration: 2.5 days 
  • Accreditation: FSPCA, AFDO 
  • Delivery methodology: face to face, instructor-led virtual (online) training 

Upon successful completion, learners will receive an official FSPCA PCQI certificate, issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). 

Trusted food safety training from a leading course provider 

As a leader in professional food safety training, we have in-depth knowledge of the standardised curriculum recognised by the FDA. We draw on years of global training experience to support you on your professional journey. 

To find out more about our PCQI Animal Food training, contact us today.