A 2.5 day course leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Wednesday, August 9 – Friday, August 11, 2017

Registration deadline is midnight, August 1, 2017.

Scheman Building, 1805 Center Dr, Ames, IA 50011


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires facilities processing any type of animal food (complete feed or ingredients) to comply with new current good manufacturing practices and to implement a written animal food safety plan developed and overseen by a "preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI)." This course is the standardized training developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. It is accepted by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as meeting the requirements of PCQI designation. The course content will provide knowledge of the FSMA animal preventive controls rule, and training for creation of an effective animal food safety plan.

Target audience

This course is intended for individuals needing Preventive Controls Qualified Individual designation to create Food Safety Modernization Act Hazard Analysis Risk Based Preventive Control plans for their animal food facilities. A certificate of completion will be given by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. There will be in-class group exercises. This course is offered in collaboration with the American Feed Industry Association.


Certificates, acknowledged as compliant with FDA requirements, will be issued to participants successfully completing the course. Completion is dependent upon attendance for all sessions as listed on the schedule. Missing any part of the program will result in non-compliance and a certificate will not be issued.

Curriculum and schedule

Printable agenda
Time Topic
Wednesday, August 9
8:00 am Registration check-in
8:30 am Course introduction and logisitics
  Regulatory overview
  Current good manufacturing practices (CGMP’s)
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Animal food safety hazards
  Overview of food safety plan
  Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination
5:15 pm Adjourn for the day
Thursday, August 10
7:30 am Classroom opens, morning refreshments
8:30 am Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination (continued)
  Preventive control components
  Process controls
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Process controls (continued)
  Sanitation controls
  Supply chain applied controls
5:00 pm Adjourn for the day
Friday, August 11
7:30 am Classroom opens, morning refreshments
8:30 am Recall plan
  Course conclusion
  Discussion and application
12:00 pm Course concludes


Lead Instructors

Dr. Charles Hurburgh, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

Gary Huddleston, Director, Feed Manufacturing & Regulatory Affairs, American Feed Industry Association

Dr. Erin Bowers, Post doctoral research associate, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University


Registration for this course has closed.

Registration includes refreshment breaks and meals listed on the agenda and one copy of the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food manual.

Deadline for registration is midnight, August 1, 2017.

Class size is limited to 60 and pre-registration is required to attend. Registration will be closed when the course reaches capacity and a waiting list will be started.

To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu.

Registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

August 9-11, 2017

Registration check-in 8:00 am, August 9, 2017.
Program begins at 8:30 am, August 9 and concludes at noon on August 11, 2017. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory to receive final certification.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Course location and parking

The course will be held in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus. Class will be in room 004 on the ground floor.

Free parking is available for Scheman visitors in lots north and south of the building in designated areas.


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. There are many facilities nearby in a range of price points. Use the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau as a guide.

Program contact

Charles Hurburgh
professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
(515) 294-8629