Free Course Preview: Essentials of Produce Safety

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Essentials of Produce Safety

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) partnered with Alchemy Academy to create Essentials of Produce Safety. This 100% online course offers a detailed view of foundational programs, the laws that impact your production every day, the impact of traceability on your company’s success, and more.

Course Agenda

  • Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Module 2: The Basics
  • Module 3: Foundational Programs
  • Module 4: Structural Programs
  • Module 5: Hazard Assessment
  • Module 6: FSMA
  • Module 7: Sanitation
  • Module 8: Microbial Testing
  • Module 9: Course Summary

Using Traceability to Add Transparency

Elevate Your Traceability

Evolving traceability demands for food suppliers can create pressure to follow the latest trends. One step forward and one step back is no longer sufficient for growing consumer concerns in transparency of food sourcing. Adding Brand Trust with Increased Traceability delves into the transformation of traceability in food production and manufacturing.

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In this guide, we explore:

  • How traceability impacts your organization
  • Definitions for lot identities
  • Emerging technology for improved traceability
  • Industry updates to produce traceability
  • Case studies for areas to develop processes
  • Best practices for transparency
  • Challenges facing traceability practices
  • Tools to prevent outbreaks

Guide to Adding Brand Trust with Increased Traceability



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Your Online Resource for PCQI Training

Preventive Controls for Human Food – Blended
eLearning Course

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What is a PCQI?

A PCQI is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. PCQIs are employees within the facility that create and implement the Food Safety Plan. Once the Food Safety Plan is in place, the PCQI must also validate the plan and fully document its effectiveness. With thorough training and active modeling of best practices, PCQIs act as facilitators and leaders in a positive food safety culture within your facility.

Why does a facility need a PCQI and
FSPCA-approved training?

If your facility is in the United States or produces food for the United States, the FSMA Final Rule for Human Food applies to you. This rule requires every U.S. facility to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, or PCQI. PCQIs must undergo FSPCA-approved training, including 16 modules of standardized curriculum. The Alchemy Academy curriculum comprises not only the required material, but also a virtual instructor-led session to provide further clarification on Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements. This training helps you understand and address possible concerns that might come up in your facility and reduce the risk of costly recalls.

PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration
PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

What is our solution?

Alchemy Academy offers a fully online course to fulfill FSMA requirements and give you PCQI certification. Our FSPCA PCQI training offers a blend of self-paced learning and virtual instruction to ensure a deeper comprehension of FSPCA-required topics and gain valuable insight from instructors with decades of experience. Our team of Consultants built this course to help those seeking PCQI certification and needing to fulfill FSMA training expectations without leaving their facility. The online learning environment gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, stopping and restarting as needed.

More Information

PCQI training is a beneficial addition to any facility to verify that all Food Safety Plans are sufficient for FSMA requirements. In September 2015, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food was enacted with the intention of protecting consumers by addressing risks throughout facilities. The FSMA Final Rule redirected the focus from reactive to proactive, giving facilities the opportunity to identify where possible incidents might occur and take steps to prevent them. This Final Rule requires that each facility have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual to create the Food Safety Plan.

Food Safety Plans
While a company might own several facilities, the Food Safety Plans might vary vastly. Even facilities that produce similar products might have different layouts, equipment, and most certainly have different employees. For a Food Safety Plan to be sufficient, it must address all the areas where there might be risk, so they can’t be replicated from one facility to the next. Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals, through FSPCA training or ample experience, develop and help implement intensive Food Safety Plans that are in alignment with the new FSMA regulations.

PCQI Qualifications
One of the most vital pieces to FSPCA PCQI training is on proper documentation throughout the process, beginning with the Food Safety Plan and going through to records review. FSPCA training begins with 16 modules, explaining the expectations of Preventive Controls for Human Food. The qualification process beyond the FSPCA training isn’t as finite as other roles within production. The FSMA Final Rule calls for someone who not only completes PCQI training but also demonstrates competence. To fully understand the concepts covered in the FSPCA training, it is best to start with HACCP training. These two curricula are not interchangeable, but complementary. Beginning with HACCP training allows individuals to gain a firm grasp of the components of successful Food Safety Plans. FSPCA-approved PCQI training builds on this and refines expectations of the FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls of Human Food. Many facilities have been challenged to provide adequate training to ensure they meet these requirements.

The Online Solution
Added costs and time associated with travel were impositions on many companies, particularly smaller facilities. With PCQI training online, these expenses are effectively eliminated. Through self-paced learning, FSPCA expectations are met and learners’ progress can be tracked even more easily. Alchemy Academy’s Preventive Controls for Human Food—blended eLearning has assessments and interactions interspersed throughout the modules. Interactions help ensure comprehension of the concepts covered and act as examples for practical application. By allowing learners to return to the online PCQI training after completing it, they are able to revisit material to fully understand the expectations. Additional review encourages a more thorough Food Safety Plan that is fully aligned with FSMA guidelines. To fortify the programs you have in place, train additional PCQIs if resources permit. Having additional guidance from individuals in multiple steps throughout your Food Safety Plan helps ensure that the plan is being effectively and efficiently employed.

How Alchemy Academy Stands Apart
Alchemy Academy’s online learning solution expands on FSPCA training through the online learning, then continues one step further with the virtual session with industry leaders. Our Consultants offer unique insight in this interactive 8-hour online session, so learners have the opportunity to take a closer look at a Food Safety Plan. By blending these two learning methods, Alchemy Academy brings FSPCA PCQI training to you.

PCQI Texas Landing Page

Your Texas PCQI Training Authority

Join the thousands of food safety professionals from Texas successfully applying their training.

PCQI in Texas
PCQI Cerification

Get Certified.

Official FSPCA
PCQI training.
PCQI Budget

Stay in Budget.

Save time and Money by
eliminating travel.
PCQI Convenience

Pace Yourself.

Learn at your own
convenience online.
PCQI Requirements

Meet FSMA Requirements.

Save time and money by
eliminating travel.
PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

What is a PCQI?

A PCQI is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. PCQIs are employees within the facility that create and implement the Food Safety Plan. Once the Food Safety Plan is in place, the PCQI must also validate the plan and fully document its effectiveness. With thorough training and active modeling of best practices, PCQIs act as facilitators and leaders in a positive food safety culture within your facility.

Why does a facility need a PCQI and
FSPCA-approved training?

If your facility is in the United States or produces food for the United States, the FSMA Final Rule for Human Food applies to you. This rule requires every U.S. facility to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, or PCQI. PCQIs must undergo FSPCA-approved training, including 16 modules of standardized curriculum. The Alchemy Academy curriculum comprises not only the required material, but also a virtual instructor-led session to provide further clarification on Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements. This training helps you understand and address possible concerns that might come up in your facility and reduce the risk of costly recalls.

PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration
PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

What is our solution?

Alchemy Academy offers a fully online course to fulfill FSMA requirements and give you PCQI certification. Our FSPCA PCQI training offers a blend of self-paced learning and virtual instruction to ensure a deeper comprehension of FSPCA-required topics and gain valuable insight from instructors with decades of experience. Our team of Consultants built this course to help those seeking PCQI certification and needing to fulfill FSMA training expectations without leaving their facility. The online learning environment gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, stopping and restarting as needed.

PCQI California Landing Page

Become a PCQI in California

Join the thousands of food safety professionals from California successfully applying their training.

PCQI in California
PCQI Cerification

Get Certified.

Official FSPCA
PCQI training.
PCQI Budget

Stay in Budget.

Save time and Money by
eliminating travel.
PCQI Convenience

Pace Yourself.

Learn at your own
convenience online.
PCQI Requirements

Meet FSMA Requirements.

Save time and money by
eliminating travel.
PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

What is a PCQI?

A PCQI is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. PCQIs are employees within the facility that create and implement the Food Safety Plan. Once the Food Safety Plan is in place, the PCQI must also validate the plan and fully document its effectiveness. With thorough training and active modeling of best practices, PCQIs act as facilitators and leaders in a positive food safety culture within your facility.

Why does a facility need a PCQI and
FSPCA-approved training?

If your facility is in the United States or produces food for the United States, the FSMA Final Rule for Human Food applies to you. This rule requires every U.S. facility to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, or PCQI. PCQIs must undergo FSPCA-approved training, including 16 modules of standardized curriculum. The Alchemy Academy curriculum comprises not only the required material, but also a virtual instructor-led session to provide further clarification on Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements. This training helps you understand and address possible concerns that might come up in your facility and reduce the risk of costly recalls.

PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration
PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

What is our solution?

Alchemy Academy offers a fully online course to fulfill FSMA requirements and give you PCQI certification. Our FSPCA PCQI training offers a blend of self-paced learning and virtual instruction to ensure a deeper comprehension of FSPCA-required topics and gain valuable insight from instructors with decades of experience. Our team of Consultants built this course to help those seeking PCQI certification and needing to fulfill FSMA training expectations without leaving their facility. The online learning environment gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, stopping and restarting as needed.

Food Safety Templates

Streamline Your Audits with
Food Safety Templates

Food Safety Template Collection
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Built by experts with decades of experience consulting
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Environmental Monitoring Program and Risk Assessment Templates from Alchemy Academy

EMP & Risk Assessment Template Package

Reinforce your audit process with proper Environmental Monitoring Program and Risk Assessment documentation. This package offers templates and case studies to get you started with FDA, SQF, BRC, and FSSC 22000 audit standards.


USDA Template Package

FDA facilities have intensive requirements for documenting the audit process. Minimize your workload with preformatted templates for USDA and HACCP regulations. This package offers guides, checklists, and examples to support all aspects of the audit process.

USDA Template Package from Alchemy Academy

FSMA Template Package from Alchemy Academy

FSMA Template Package

Increase the accuracy of your food safety documentation with this robust package for FSMA requirements. This resource includes templates, completed examples, and logs to guide in creating a solid documentation structure for the audit process. Also included are backing documents in the event of recall to prepare and reduce stress in case of any incident.

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Discover the Top 10 Audit
Non-Conformances and How to Prevent Them

External audits are often intimidating and seem difficult to navigate. With various standards and pages of line items to address, it’s easy to feel inundated with your certifying body’s expectations. How to Prevent the Top 10 Audit Non-Conformances outlines each of the major non-conformances that pose a threat to a passing score on an external audit. Explore commonly overlooked items to protect food safety system.

White Paper: Top 10 Audit-Non-Conformances and how to avoid them

In this guide, we explore:

  • Why external audits are fundamental to your brand’s success
  • Frequent challenges with the audit process
  • Common major non-conformances and how to avoid them
  • How to address non-conformances in your facility
  • Best practices for ensuring compliance
  • Productive behaviors during an external audit
  • How to build out an internal audit team
  • Tools to reinforce your program

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SQF Consulting Services

Safe Quality Food (SQF) Consulting Services with Alchemy Consulting Experts

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Alchemy offers assistance through all stages of SQF audit preparation and certification

Our customizable, four-phase approach provides a systematic process for achieving SQF certification. Phases can be done separately or together, depending on your needs.

Benefits of Alchemy’s SQF Consulting Services:

Alchemy has certified consultants in multiple food sector categories with a proven track record for successful GFSI scheme systems certification. The process saves internal management time, assures accuracy, and completes the process on schedule.

  • Phase 1 – Gap Analysis
  • Phase 2 – Program Development
  • Phase 3 – Implementation Review
  • Phase 4 – Audit Support

Already certified? Alchemy Professional Services can help you:

  • Prepare for your first audit under the SQF Edition 8 code
  • Expand your SQF certification to include SQF’s new Quality Code
  • Enhance your SQF food safety system with industry tested best practices

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PCQI Online Training

What is a PCQI

The FSMA Final Rule requires each facility to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, or PCQI, to create and implement the Food Safety Plan. PCQIs must complete FSPCA-approved training with a minimum of the FDA standardized 16-module curriculum. Once the Food Safety Plan has been put in place, the PCQI must additionally validate the plan and fully document its effectiveness. Through thorough training and active modeling of best practices, PCQIs act as facilitators and leaders in a positive food safety culture within your facility.

PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration
PCQI Certification

Why does a facility need a PCQI and
FSPCA-approved training?

The FSMA Final Rule requires each facility to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, or PCQI, to create and implement the Food Safety Plan. PCQIs must complete FSPCA-approved training with a minimum of the FDA standardized 16-module curriculum. Once the Food Safety Plan has been put in place, the PCQI must additionally validate the plan and fully document its effectiveness. Through thorough training and active modeling of best practices, PCQIs act as facilitators and leaders in a positive food safety culture within your facility.

What is Our Solution?

Alchemy Academy offers a fully online course to fulfill FSMA requirements and help you become a PCQI. Our FSPCA PCQI training offers a blend of self-paced learning and virtual instruction to ensure a deeper comprehension of FSPCA-required topics and gain valuable insight from instructors with decades of experience. Our team of Consultants built this course to help those seeking PCQI certification and needing to fulfill FSMA training expectations without leaving their facility.

Price: $799

PCQI Overview - Frontline Worker Illustration

Course Agenda

MODULES 1-7

MODULE 1:

Introduction to Course & Preventive Controls

MODULE 2:

Food Safety Plan Overview

MODULE 3:

Good Manufacturing Practices & Other Prerequisite Programs

MODULE 4:

Biological Food Safety Hazards

MODULE 5:

Chemical, Physical and Economically Motivated Food Safety Hazards

MODULE 6:

Preliminary Steps in Developing a Food Safety Plan

MODULE 7:

Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans

MODULES 8-12

MODULE 8:

Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Determination

MODULE 9:

Process Preventive Controls

MODULE 10:

Food Allergen Preventive Controls

MODULE 11:

Sanitation Preventive Controls

MODULE 12:

Supply-Chain Preventive Controls

MODULES 13-16

MODULE 13:

Verification & Validation Procedures

MODULE 14:

Record-Keeping Procedures

MODULE 15:

Recall Plan

MODULE 16:

Regulation Overview: cGMP, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

Virtual Instructor-Led Session

Part 2 continues beyond the self-paced section of the course by offering an 8-hour live reinforcement of concepts covered. This session recurs monthly and offers the opportunity to dive deeper into the expectations for Food Safety Plans and requirements from governing bodies.

More Information

PCQI training is a beneficial addition to any facility to verify that all Food Safety Plans are sufficient for FSMA requirements. In September 2015, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food was enacted with the intention of protecting consumers by addressing risks throughout facilities. The FSMA Final Rule redirected the focus from reactive to proactive, providing opportunity for facilities to identify where possible incidents might occur and take steps to prevent them. This Final Rule requires that each facility have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual to create the Food Safety Plan. y Plan. By blending these two learning methods, Alchemy Academy brings FSPCA PCQI training to you.

Food Safety Plans

While a company might own several facilities, the Food Safety Plans might very vastly. Even facilities that produce similar products might have different layouts, equipment, and most certainly have different employees. For a Food Safety Plan to be sufficient, it must address all the areas where there might be risk, so they can’t be replicated from one facility to the next. Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals, through FSPCA training or ample experience, develop and help implement intensive Food Safety Plans that are in alignment with the new FSMA regulations.

PCQI Qualifications

One of the most vital pieces to FSPCA PCQI training is on proper documentation throughout the process, beginning with the Food Safety Plan and going through to records review. FSPCA training begins with 16 modules, explaining the expectations of Preventive Controls for Human Food. The qualification process beyond the FSPCA training isn’t as finite as other roles within production might be. The FSMA Final Rule calls for someone who not only completes PCQI training but also demonstrates competence. To fully understand the concepts covered in the FSPCA training, it is best to start with HACCP training. These two curricula are not interchangeable, but complementary. Beginning with HACCP training allows individuals to gain a firm grasp of the components of successful Food Safety Plans. FSPCA-approved PCQI training builds on this and refines expectations of the FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls of Human Food. Many facilities have been challenged to provide adequate training to ensure they meet these requirements.

The Online Solution

Added costs and time associated with travel were impositions on many companies, particularly smaller facilities. With PCQI training online, these expenses are effectively eliminated. Through self-paced learning, FSPCA expectations are met and learners’ progress can be tracked even more easily. Alchemy Academy’s Preventive Controls for Human Food—blended eLearning has assessments and interactions interspersed throughout the modules to ensure comprehension of the concepts covered and give examples for practical application. By allowing learners to return to the online PCQI training after having completed it, they are able to review material to fully understand the expectations. Additional review permits a more thorough Food Safety Plan that is fully aligned with FSMA guidelines. To fortify the programs you have in place, train additional PCQIs if resources permit. Having additional guidance from individuals in multiple steps throughout your Food Safety Plan helps ensure that the plan is being effectively and efficiently employed.

How Alchemy Academy Stands Apart

Alchemy Academy’s online learning solution expands on FSPCA training through the online learning, then continues one step further with the virtual session with industry leaders. Our Consultants offer unique insight in this interactive 8-hour online session, so learners have the opportunity to take a closer look at a Food Safety Plan. By blending these two learning methods, Alchemy Academy brings FSPCA PCQI training to you.

Free Course Preview: Verification and Validation

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Verification & Validation

Learn techniques to ensure proper monitoring and scientific accuracy of food safety plans through Alchemy Academy’s eLearning course. Alchemy’s expert instructors use their decades of experience to offer insight on how to prevent audit non-conformances and properly verify and validate your food safety system.

Course Agenda

  • Module 1: Overview
  • Module 2: FDA Food Safety Plans
  • Module 3: USDA HACCP Plan
  • Module 4: GFSI
  • Module 5: Examples
  • Module 6: Reassessments & Corrective Actions
  • Module 7: Course Conclusion

Free Course Preview: Environmental Monitoring Program

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Environmental Monitoring Program

Environmental monitoring is an essential program for facilities, especially food manufacturing sites that handle Ready-To-Eat (RTE) and microbiologically sensitive foods.

Course Agenda

  • Module 1: Terminology and key Concepts
  • Module 2: Purpose of an Environmental
    Monitoring Program
  • Module 3: Why establish an Environmental
    Monitoring Program?
  • Module 4: Sanitation Controls
  • Module 5: Establishing an Environmental
    Monitoring Program
  • Module 6: Testing Protocols
  • Module 7: Managing Results
  • Module 8: Corrective Action Plans
  • Module 9: Software Options
  • Module 10: Trend Analysis
  • Module 11: Sustainment & Improvement

Free Course Preview – Risk Assessment

FREE Course Preview

Risk Assessment

Sound risk management procedures are essential to assess and mitigate the risks associated with your management system. Discover key risk assessment methods and ensure regulatory compliance with Alchemy Academy’s eLearning course.

Course Agenda

  • Module 1: Your Why
  • Module 2: Hazard Identification
  • Module 5: Risk Levels
  • Module 6: Evaluation & Mitigation
  • Module 5: Hazard Identification
  • Module 6: Review & Reassessment