Preventive Controls for Human Food

Virtual Online Course

August 23 to September 15, 2023

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Extension Food Technology is pleased to offer a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Training course for Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF) or Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) presented in English. This course meets the requirement for training required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This is a remote training event via "interactive remote video conferencing" "Zoom" that is intended for food processors and others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventative controls for human food or preventive controls for qualified individuals.

These courses are taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.

The course is presented over 8 sessions; 6 sessions that are asynchronous and 2 four-hour, synchronous sessions that are presented via Zoom. Please see Course Schedule below.

Registration & Fees:

  • Fee: $500 (Includes instruction, downloadable materials, and AFDO certificate.)
  • Register here: Online registration
  • Payments accepted are credit card, check, money order, or company Purchase Orders (PO).
  • Payment must be received or in process by the first day of participation to receive the certificate.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Dr. Nancy Flores at 575-646-1179 or email at by 08/15/23.

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating.


FSPCA PCHF manual pdf can be downloaded directly from FSPCA: FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Participant Manual (English).
Or purchase printed manual directly from FSPCA: FSPCA Human Food Participant Manual V1.2.

Refunds: No refunds accepted. However, people who must cancel may attend a course presented at a later date.

Course Schedule

Class Schedule by date, topic, and location
Date Topic Location
08/23 W PCHF – Chapters 1-3 asynchronous On Demand
08/25 F PCHF – Chapters 4-6 asynchronous On Demand
08/30 W PCHF - Chapters 7-8 asynchronous On Demand
09/01 F PCHF – Chapters 1-8 synchronous Zoom 4:30 – 8:30 PM
09/06 W PCHF – Chapters 9-11 asynchronous On Demand
09/08 F PCHF – Chapters 12-14 asynchronous On Demand
09/13 W PCHF – Chapters 15-16 asynchronous On Demand
09/15 R PCHF – Chapters 9-16 synchronous Zoom 4:30 – 8:30 PM

About FSPCS Training

This training program was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for the food and beverage industry which handle and produce food that must comply with FDA FSMA requirements for training. Compliance dates for various facilities are listed below. This course for Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) meets the FDA FSMA training requirement and will receive a certificate issued by AFDO.

The objectives of this training are for the food safety professional who must have the following skills:

  • Efficient management of a FSMA Food Safety Plan and Good Manufacturing practices.
  • Conduct a risk assessment to determine controls for process, food allergen, sanitation and supply chain procedures in the food processing environment.
  • Implement the requirements for verification, validation, and record keeping.

According to the guidance document for FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food, Compliance dates for food businesses are staggered over several years after publication of the final rule.

  • Receiving facility is not a small or very small business and its supplier will be subject to the human preventive controls rule or the produce safety rule: Six months after the supplier is required to comply with the applicable rule.

For more information see, Compliance Date Extensions and Clarifications for FSMA Final Rules.

Contact Info

ATTN: Dr. Nancy Flores, NMSU
Food Technology Extension Specialist
MSC-3AE, P.O. Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: (575) 646-1179
Fax: (575) 646-1889