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CP-FS Online Review Course

Course Overview

The Certified Professional–Food Safety (CP-FS) online review course has been developed by industry experts from across the various food safety disciplines to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to help ensure safe food in any retail environment — as a quality assurance or quality control manager, a facility manager, a food-safe chemical supplier, or as a regulatory inspector/investigator.

Who Should Take the Course

This course is designed to help candidates prepare for the National Environmental Health Association’s CP-FS credential examination.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will know and understand:

  • Causes and prevention of foodborne illness
  • HACCP plans and active managerial control
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Conducting facility plan reviews
  • Pest control
  • Risk-based inspections
  • Sampling food for laboratory analysis
  • Food defense
  • Responding to food emergencies and foodborne illness outbreaks
  • Legal aspects of food safety

Evaluation Process

At the end of the course, there is a practice exam that consists of 50 multiple-choice questions pulled from a test battery of 165 questions to help participants confirm their understanding of course content and help prepare for the written exam. Test questions are randomly selected from a test bank, making each test unique. Participants can retake the final test up to three times.

Course Duration

This online course is made up of 40 self-paced lessons. Participants may leave the course at any time and can resume where they left off. Total course duration depends on individual learning styles and prior knowledge of the subject matter.

About the CP-FS exam

The written exam consists of a total of 120 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are given a total of two hours to complete the written exam. There are seven different content areas the examination covers and the percentages allotted to each of those areas:

Content Areas


Developing Food Safety Policies, Procedures, and Training  20.00%
Assessing Food Safety33.33%
Reviewing Establishment Plans10.00%
Investigating Foodborne Illness15.00%
Performing Recall Activities6.67%
Managing Food Defense Practices6.67%
Responding to Emergencies8.33%


  • Member: $189.00
  • Non-member: $239.00