FD207 Plan Review Course

architectural drawing of a restaurant kitchenCourse Overview

Note: This course is currently only available to the retail food safety regulatory community with a .gov, .us, or .mil email address. If you are a retail food safety regulator without one of these email addresses please reach out to Deirdra.Holloway@fda.hhs.gov.

This is a five-day, virtual course that involves a mix of instructor presentation and group and individual hands-on learning activities. The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the plan review process for retail food establishments with an emphasis on equipment and architectural design. The plan review process covered in this course is based on menu and food preparation procedures with an end goal of reducing foodborne illnesses resulting from poor facility design. Lessons will cover reviewing the application and menu, reading architectural drawings, review a complete plan set, reviewing equipment, plumbing, and physical facilities, conducting preoperational inspections, communicating with key players, and reviewing mobile establishments.

The course content is divided into eight (8) modules, and each module is comprised of specific lessons and topics. Exercises to support learning include practical application exercises to support learning outcomes in every lesson and include presentation or discussion of results. Exercises are designed to solicit discussion, as this course is based on best practice guidance. The course learning strategies include a blend of presentation, group discussion, group exercises, video presentation, and instructor demonstration. 

Upcoming Courses 

Individual course listings have information regarding prerequisites. 

*Note: Additional courses may be added throughout fiscal year. All course dates/locations are subject to change. Please visit the Pathlore LMS regularly for official course schedules and updates.



Registration information for each course can be found below. 

  • View the course announcement and review the details.
  • Download the Registration Form for the course you'd like to attend. To fill out the registration form, you will have to download the PDF and open it in a PDF reader on your device.
  • Complete and submit the course registration form to: ORA-OTED-Retail@fda.hhs.gov
  • Fee: $0

Note: Registration does not guarantee admission into the course. All applicants will be notified at a future date of their status.

Course dates and times are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be reflected in Pathlore. Please visit OTED's website to navigate to Pathlore, where you are also able to directly register for courses. For questions please contact Deirdra Holloway at Deirdra.Holloway@fda.hhs.gov


Mon, April 18, 2022 – Fri, April 22, 2022

Mon, May 2, 2022 – Fri, May 6, 2022

Mon, June 13, 2022 – Fri, June 17, 2022

*To fill out the registration form, you will have to download the PDF and open it in a PDF reader on your device.

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What Participants Are Saying

  • "I feel a lot more prepared to take on the challenge of plan review! I learned a lot of new things and got clarification on others I wasn't sure about. THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED."
  • "I learned many valuable things from the course and will definitely be taking this information and resources back to use in plan reviews here."
  • "I really enjoyed this course training! It was fun, energetic and full of great knowledge. I learned a lot and gained a better understanding of Plan Review to assist me in my career and everyday job duties. Thank you!"