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CP-FS Job Analysis Update  


The Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS exam) is based on the results of a Job Task Analysis (JTA) study. A summary of the results of the most recent study, conducted in 2012, is described here.

In November 2012, a group of nine Subject Matter Experts met with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Professional Testing Inc. (PTI) to perform a job task analysis and develop an examination blueprint for the CP-FS exam.

Following the meeting, an online survey was administered between January and February 2013 to validate the results of the job analysis study and finalize the blueprint. The survey respondents reported working in 46 out of the 50 United States and reported working in both regulatory and industry. About half of the respondents reports having the CP-FS credential, and about half reported having the REHS credential. In the survey, respondents answered questions related to the frequency a task is performed by a CP-FS, and the importance of a task to the successful performance of a CP-FS. Participants were surveyed on 134 job tasks and 216 knowledge areas.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why does the JTA need to be updated?
Periodically, a JTA needs to be reevaluated in order to validate its relevancy to current practice.

How do the changes in the JTA affect the CP-FS exam?
The blueprint for the exam has changed to reflect the current practice of a CP-FS, according to the results of the survey. The new blueprint is available at:

When was the new CP-FS exam made available?
The new exam was first offered on July 8, 2013.

Will an updated CP-FS study guide be available?
Yes, a new edition of the CP-FS study guide is available for purchase through the NEHA Bookstore.

Has the length of the CP-FS exam changed?
Yes, the new exam consists of 140 questions, including 20 un-scored pilot questions. Candidates will be given two and a half (2.5) hours to complete the exam.


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