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CCFS Credential Eligibility & Application

Eligibility

To be eligible for the CCFS credential, a candidate must meet the following criteria of a track below:

Bachelor's Degree Track

Or
  • Bachelor's degree with 30-semester hours core science. Degree must be from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent if an international institution.
  • At least two years full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement.

Associates Track

  • Associate degree from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent if an international institution. Degree must be in science.
  • At least five years full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement.

Experience Track

  • Hold a Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian (REHS) or equivalent credential in good standing
  • One full year of experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement
Or
  • Hold a Certified Professional Food Safety (CP-FS) or equivalent credential in good standing
  • Two years full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement

Fees

All fees should accompany the Application for Professional Credentials | PDF
MemberNon-Member
Application Fee$95.00$130.00
Examination Fee$165.00$275.00
Pearson VUE Fee$110.00$110.00

Apply

Applications must be completed and returned to us for review at least four weeks prior to the exam date. A complete application must include:
  • Completed Application for Professional Credentials | PDF
  • Official college or high school transcripts or GED. To be considered an official transcript, it must be mailed in a sealed envelope from the school's Registrar's Office or Transcript Office.
  • Completed Work Experience Verification form.
  • Appropriate fees.
  • Third party review (applicable for international candidates).

CCFS Credential Maintenance

To maintain the CCFS credential, individuals must:
  • Earn and submit a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years
  • Pay renewal fee every two years ($130.00 members; $345.00 non-members)
  • Agree to and sign our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Policy

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