HACCP Fundamentals and Implementation

Course Summary

This course is appropriate for anyone looking to gain a working knowledge of HACCP and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and meets Global Food Safety Initiative requirements.

Event Details

16 hours
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
Available at QSG’s training facilities and on-site at your organization
Course available in Spanish

*All students who complete the course will receive a certificate. Those who successfully pass the exam will receive their certificate bearing a seal from the International HACCP Alliance.


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a practical, systematic management tool designed to ensure food and product safety. It identifies critical areas of handling and demonstrates where resources should be targeted to reduce the risk of selling an unsafe product. Benefits of HACCP include:

  • Confidence that food safety is being effectively managed in your operation
  • Prevention planning rather than defect control to ensure product safety
  • Significant improvement in the area of product quality
  • Customer confidence in the safety of your products through documentation

This course, provided by the HACCP Consulting Group, is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and meets Global Food Safety Initiative requirements. This course is based on International CODEX Principles for HACCP and addresses the U.S. HACCP requirements based on attendees’ specific  needs.

Who Should Attend

This course is appropriate for anyone looking to gain a working knowledge of HACCP, and in particular:

  • Quality Assurance managers
  • Food safety managers, auditors, and consultants
  • Production supervisors
  • Food retailers, distributors, and processors

Learning Objectives

During this course, students will gain a working knowledge of HACCP and write an actual HACCP plan for a fictitious product or process.

Course Outline

Day 1 (8 hours)

  1. HACCP History and Overview
    This session begins with student and instructor introductions and a review of the workshop agenda and objectives. Students learn about the history of HACCP and its benefits. This session also includes a discussion about HACCP and Its relationship to Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs).
  2. Introduction to Microbiology
    Introduction to Microbiology includes a discussion about food Illness and disease, as well as biological, chemical, and physical hazards.
  3. HACCP Principle 1 and Development Exercise
    This session provides students with an introduction to HACCP Principle 1: Conduct a Hazard Analysis and the First 6 Steps to Developing a HACCP Plan. Students break into small groups to participate in an exercise – Development of Principle 1 – and report back to the larger group upon completion.
  4. HACCP Principles 2, 3, and 4
    This session includes training on the following topics:
    HACCP Principle 2: Identify CCPs in the Process
    HACCP Principle 3: Identify Critical Limits
    HACCP Principle 4: Monitoring

Day 2 (8 hours)

  1. HACCP Principle 5 and Development Exercise
    This session introduces HACCP Principle 5: Corrective Actions. Students participate in a small group exercise: Development of Principles 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  2. HACCP Principles 6 and 7
    This session provides training on HACCP Principle 6: Verification and HACCP Principle 7: Record Keeping. Students participate in a breakout exercise and review.
  3. Implementing and Maintaining the HACCP Plan and System
    Students learn the skills necessary to implement a HACCP Plan, including: monitoring, record-keeping, corrective action procedures, and additional activities. This session also includes training on maintaining an effective HACCP System through regularly scheduled verification activities.
  4. Review and Exam*
    This session begins with a review of HACCP, and students are given a course exam. It concludes with a review of the exam and a course evaluation.




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