Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) Credential

(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 for more seasoned food safety professionals who are one of the last lines of defense in the complex global food supply chain.

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.

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Who Should Apply?

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with 30 semester hours of core science education
  • Three years of experience in food production or inspection
  • Evidence of HACCP Training
  • Evidence of the Professional Food Safety Auditor Training Course or equivalent


  • 30 semester hours of college level core science education
  • Five years of experience in food production or inspection
  • Hold a current CCFS Credential or pass the NEHA CCFS certificate training course
  • Evidence of HACCP Training
  • Evidence of the Professional Food Safety Auditor Training Course or equivalent


Member: US $355

Non-member: US $495

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This information is a brief overview of the eligibility requirements. For complete details, please see the Candidate Information Brochure. If you don't meet the requirements of the CFSSA, please consider the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential.

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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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