Food safety at the FIC

The Food Innovation Center offers education and training assistance to food processors, ranging from the beginner to advanced levels. Together with our partners at the Oregon State University campus and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, we offer programs that provide basic training in food safety, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), and advanced trainings needed to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements.

You could benefit from Food Safety Training if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you responsible for the safety of your food products?
  • Do you need to gain knowledge about the food law requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?
  • Do you need to write a food safety plan for your business and need training to become a Preventive Control Qualified Individual?
  • Do you need to understand the requirements for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)?
  • Do you have employees that need additional training in food safety?
  • Are you considering starting a food business or are you a food entrepreneur getting started and need to learn more about safe food handling and manufacturing or just need a refresher on food safety?


PCQI Course - March 26-28, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:00 am – Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:30 pm

This 2 & ½ day course meets at the Food Innovation Center, 1207 NW Naito Parkway, Portland OR 97209. Thiscourse is based on the curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). This course will be taught by Lead Instructors, who have been trained by the FSPCA in how to teach the FDA-recognized curriculum.

The course includes:

  • All course materials, including an FSPCA Manual.
  • Interactive team exercises that enhance the learning environment.
  • Registered Certificate of Training issued by AFDO. (Documents that the participant was trained under an FDA recognized curriculum. 21CFR117.180 (c) (1). Note: The $50 AFDO certificate fee is included in the course registration fee.)
  • Meals: Morning and afternoon lunch and beverage breaks provided on May 9th and 10th; break refreshments and snacks provided on May 11th.

Course fees:

  • $625 – Single registration
  • $575 – Multiple registrations (two or more from same organization, registered at same time)

Registration closes on March 17, 2019.

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Food Safety Training

The FIC has developed food safety trainings to help serve food entrepreneurs, start-ups, and industry members. 

  1. Food Safety Basics – dates TBD - Use the link below to sign up for notifications when training dates are scheduled.  This training is a general overview on the microbial, physical properties, food handling practices, and cleaning and sanitizing practices that can affect the safety of processed foods.  This session is designed for entrepreneurs, new employees, seasoned employees that need a refresher and for those who are thinking about starting a food business. Cost $110.00.  Contact us at 503-872-6680 for more information or to register.

  2. FSMA Preventive Controls training for small food processing facilities – dates TBD.This one-day workshop is intended for an audience that may not be familiar with food safety and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), or ready for the level of training offered through the standardized Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) curriculum for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). Through seven modules, participants will gain a basic understanding of food safety principles, preventive controls and requirements under FSMA. Taking this training will provide a strong foundation for those seeking future PCQI, HACCP, and advanced food safety trainings.

Advanced Food Safety Training

The Food Innovation Center hosts multi-day workshops that train participants and allow them to obtain an FDA recognized training and certificate for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). Our instructors are trained and certified to deliver the “standardized curriculum” from FSPCA that the FDA recognizes as adequate to meet the requirement for a PCQI.


Are you interested in learning about future trainings? Sign up to receive email notifications When training dates are scheduled.

Fridays @the FIC
  • Food Safety Basics training – a part of the Fridays @the FIC seminar series. Sign up here to receive email alerts when training dates are scheduled.
Food Safety Trainings
  • GMPs training - Sign up here to receive email alerts when training dates are scheduled.
  • Introduction to FSMA training - Sign up here to receive email alerts when training dates are scheduled.
  • Pre-PCQI training (Introduction to PCQI training) – a 1 day course with an OSU certificate on completion. Sign up here to receive email alerts when training dates are scheduled.
  • PCQI/FSPCA training – a 2 ½ day training seminar with an AFDO certificate after completing the seminar.  Sign up here to receive email alerts when training dates are scheduled.