Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a tool that can be useful in the prevention of food safety hazards. HACCP is an introductory course that provides a practical training program giving guidance on the implementation of HACCP principles and how they should be applied to USDA regulated food processing plants, soft drinks, fruit juices and bottled waters in a factory environment. In addition, this course will provide students with the most current rules, regulations and policies as they relate to HACCP principles and implementation.


After completing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • Introduction to HACCP and its development
  • Legal obligations and future legislation
  • Defining hazards, possible causes and risks
  • Application of HACCP principles
  • Practical exercises in how to HACCP – making HACCP work for your company
  • Management considerations of HACCP for analysis
  • Implementation and maintenance of HACCP


Basic food hygiene and safety knowledge is recommended but not required. 

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam. 

Module 1: Introduction to HACCP

Module 2: Hazard Analysis

Hazards (biological, chemical, and physical) are conditions which may pose an unacceptable health risk to the consumer. A flow diagram of the complete process is important in conducting the hazard analysis. The significant hazards associated with each specific step of the manufacturing process are listed. Preventive measures (temperature, pH, moisture level, etc.) to control the hazards are also listed.

Module 3: Identify Critical Control Points

Critical Control Points (CCP) are steps at which control can be applied and a food safety hazard can be prevented, eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels. Examples would be cooking, acidification or drying steps in a food process.

Module 4: Establish Critical Limits

All CCP’s must have preventive measures which are measurable! Critical limits are the operational boundaries of the CCPs which control the food safety hazard(s). The criteria for the critical limits are determined ahead of time in consultation with competent authorities. If the critical limit criteria are not met, the process is “out of control”, thus the food safety hazard(s) are not being prevented, eliminated, or reduced to acceptable levels.

Module 5: Monitor the CCP’s

Monitoring is a planned sequence of measurements or observations to ensure the product or process is in control (critical limits are being met). It allows processors to assess trends before a loss of control occurs. Adjustments can be made while continuing the process. The monitoring interval must be adequate to ensure reliable control of the process.

Module 6: Establish Corrective Action

HACCP is intended to prevent product or process deviations. However, should loss of control occur, there must be definite steps in place for disposition of the product and for correction of the process. These must be pre-planned and written. If, for instance, a cooking step must result in a product center temperature between 165oF and 175oF, and the temperature is 163oF, the corrective action could require a second pass through the cooking step with an increase in the temperature of the cooker..

Module 7: Record keeping

The HACCP system requires the preparation and maintenance of a written HACCP plan together with other documentation. This must include all records generated during the monitoring of each CCP and notations of corrective actions taken. Usually, the simplest record keeping system possible to ensure effectiveness is the most desirable.

Module 8: Verification

Verification has several steps. The scientific or technical validity of the hazard analysis and the adequacy of the CCP’s should be documented. Verification of the effectiveness of the HACCP plan is also necessary. The system should be subject to periodic revalidation using independent audits or other verification procedures.


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.