Food Safety

Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI) Credential

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(NEHA’s) Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI)  credential: image of chef and investigator

Are you interested in utilizing environmental health principles and food safety knowledge in collaboration with outbreak response partners to assess foodborne illness risks? If yes, this is the credential for you. The CFOI will prepare you to also perform environmental assessments, identify contributing factors and antecedents, and implement control measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illness and protect the public. Potential job opportunities after obtaining the credential include: Environmental Health Specialist, Food Safety Specialist, Epidemiologist, Public Health Officer, Health Inspector, and Quality Assurance Manager. These are just a few of the professions that this credential will open doors to.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree Track
    • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of science and a college level math class
    • Two years of experience in environmental health, food safety, or a related field
    • In Training – don’t have 2 years experience, have 3 years to attain
  • Experience Track
    • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with 5 years of experience
    • Associate’s degree with 15 semester hours of science (one course must be microbiology) and 7 years of experience

Price

Member: US $260

Non-member: US $405

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This information is a brief overview of the eligibility requirements. For complete details, please see the Candidate Information Brochure (PDF). 


A Professional Credential From NEHA

Since 1937 NEHA has been leading the way for practitioners to achieve a set of defined competencies, evidenced through testing and maintained through continuing education. These benchmarks of excellence have become the gold standard in recognizing those who are uniquely equipped to handle the wide breadth of environmental health issues. NEHA’s long-standing history in credentialing means that our standards are high and that individuals with a NEHA credential have mastered a body of knowledge and acquired practical experience to perform relevant work responsibilities.

As an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience, a credential stands in support of a candidate’s resume and professional references. It serves as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in his or her subject matter.

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Food Safety and Emergency Preparedness

These resources are from the CDC, EPA, and PAHO created to assist EH specialist with food safety and shelters after a hurricane or mass flooding event.

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These resources are part of an FDA course created to address concerns related to food safety after events such as flooding, fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

For additional information, please contact nehatraining@neha.org.

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Flood Recovery Resources

Flood Recovery

Resources to Protect and Restore Community Health

When flood waters recede, communities are often left with contaminated water supplies, nonfunctioning septic tanks, mold, increased vectors and pests,  spoiled food, and temporary shelters and housing.  Ensuring the proper information reaches community members and supports environmental health professionals  is essential in the efforts to restore communities and protect public health. The following resources provide best practices around flood recovery related to environmental health.

Floods and Public Health

CDC Water Sanitation & Hygiene for Flood Waters

Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

AHRQ Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide (PDF)

Community Resources

CDC Flood Water Home Clean-up

Drinking Water

U.S. EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

Private Wells

Minnesota Department of Health Well and Water System Disinfection for Private Drinking Water Wells

Septic Systems

U.S. EPA Septic Systems - What to Do After a Flood

Mold

U.S. EPA Mold Clean-up After Floods

Food Safety

FDA Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Emergency Preparedness & Response Training 

CDC Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness level (online) and Operations level (in-person) training.

Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety

CDC Worker Safety After Floods

OSHA Natural Disaster Recovery

Vector Control

Pan-American Health Organization Vector Control in Disaster Situations

Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee

Rebuilding Homes

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home (PDF) by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

Storm Safety

https://www.ul.com/code-authorities/buildingsafetyprograms/storm-safety/  This site provides storm preparedness, safety after the storm, and rebuilding safely after a storm information. This is provided courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

 

Food Safety Auditor Credentials

(NEHA’s) Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) credential: image of fields of red and green lettuceStand Out in the World of Food Safety

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has revolutionized the food safety landscape adding to the arsenal of required knowledge needed by those involved in any aspect of the food supply chain. Competent, Qualified Individuals are needed to carry out the functions described in the regulations. Equally, competent Qualified Individuals are needed for auditing the effectiveness of food safety programs internally, for supplier, and as an external third party observer.  

The NEHA Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) credential has been developed to help build the global capacity of qualified, vetted professionals that will be needed to meet the requirements of FSMA. Upon successfully passing the exam, the CFSSA credential holder will be prepared to complete 1st and 2nd party audits. They will be accomplished in understanding and planning food safety audits, conducting an audit, verifying food safety and prerequisite programs, and conducting post-audit activities. It is also a career path to becoming a third party auditor.

The NEHA Registered Food Safety Auditor (RFSA) credential enables individuals to complete third party audits. The RFSA is for more experienced food safety professionals who are one of the last lines of defense in the complex global food supply chain. If you're responsible for conducting risk-based facility audits (foreign or domestic) against internationally recognized food safety standards designed to mitigate risk, promote food safety, and enhance consumer confidence in the food supply, then the RFSA credential is the right choice for you. 

Food Safety Magazine published two articles, NEHA Credential Creates a Professional Pathway for Food Safety Auditors and New Food Safety Auditing Credentials, that outlined the work that went into creating this influential credential. The CFSSA credential with food sector specific auditing experience can lead to the Registered Food Safety Auditor (RFSA) credential for those who wish to become third party auditors.


Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA)

If you're responsible for conducting risk-based facility audits (foreign or domestic) against internationally recognized food safety standards designed to mitigate risk, promote food safety, and enhance consumer confidence in the food supply, then the CFSSA credential is the right choice for you.

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Registered Food Safety Auditor (RFSA)

The RFSA is for more experienced food safety professionals, who are one of the last lines of defense in the complex global food supply chain. One of the requirements to be a RFSA is to hold an active CFSSA credential. If you're responsible for conducting risk-based facility audits (foreign or domestic) against internationally recognized food safety standards designed to mitigate risk, promote food safety, and enhance consumer confidence in the food supply, then the RFSA credential is the right choice for you. 

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A Professional Credential From NEHA

Since 1937 NEHA has been leading the way for practitioners to achieve a set of defined competencies, evidenced through testing and maintained through continuing education. These benchmarks of excellence have become the gold standard in recognizing those who are uniquely equipped to handle the wide breadth of environmental health issues. NEHA’s long-standing history in credentialing means that our standards are high and that individuals with a NEHA credential have mastered a body of knowledge and acquired practical experience to perform relevant work responsibilities.

As an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience, a credential stands in support of a candidate’s resume and professional references. It serves as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in his or her subject matter.

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CP–FS Credential Review Course

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) developed the Certified Professional – Food Safety (CP-FS) credential to meet the growing need for professionals who have specialized knowledge and training in the protection and safety of food. The importance of food safety is recognized along the continuum of training from food handler to food safety manager, and the next step for professionals who want to advance their careers in food safety is obtaining the CP-FS credential.

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