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Food Safety Auditor Credentials

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 key functions of the regulations to keep communities safe and healthy.

Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits Credential

The Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) is ideal for professionals who are responsible for conducting risk-based facility audits (foreign or domestic) against internationally recognized food safety standards that are designed to mitigate risk, promote food safety, and enhance consumer confidence in the food supply.

CFSSA credential holders understand and are prepared to:

  • Complete first-and-second-party audits
  • Plan food safety audits
  • Conduct first-and-second-party audits
  • Verify food safety and prerequisite programs
  • Conduct post-audit activities

The CFSSA credential can also be a helpful step on a career path to becoming a third-party auditor.

Eligibility

  • 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

Or

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

Application Fee

  • Member: $355.00
  • Non-member: $495.00

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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.

Registered Food Safety Auditor Credential

The Registered Food Safety Auditor (RFSA) is an ideal credential for more experienced food safety professionals who hold an active CFSSA credential.

RFSA credential holders understand and are prepared to:

  • Complete third-party audits
  • Plan food safety audits
  • Conduct first-and-second-party audits
  • Verify food safety and prerequisite programs
  • Conduct post-audit activities

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a current Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) credential.
  • Audit or inspection experience of a minimum of five audits in one food sector/category (equaling a minimum total of 80 hours) with the audits meeting or equivalent to an audit program within that same sector. Acceptable sectors are Human, Animal, and Produce. Only experience within the past 18 months of the RFSA application being submitted will be accepted.
  • Have a sponsoring Certification Body (CB) submit an acceptable Witness Audit Checklist in one food sector/category. The Witness Audit Checklist must align with the audit or inspection experience as outlined in requirement 2.

Application Fee

  • Member: $225.00
  • Non-member: $355.00

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