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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Credential: Ensuring Food Safety from Farm to Fork  



CCFS Exam  

Exam Description and Content Outline

The CCFS examination consists of a total of 120 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are given a total of two and a half (2) hours to complete the exam.

Below is an outline of the seven (7) different content areas the examination covers and the percentages allotted to each of those areas. Please use this outline as a guide when preparing for the examination.

 

Content Areas

Percentage

A

Evaluating Food Facilities and Equipment

18.33%

1

Perform a Plan Review

 

2

Monitor Potable Water

 

3

Assess the Physical Facility

 

4

Evaluate Food Contact Equipment

 

5

Monitor Equipment Calibrations

 

6

Monitor Sewer and Waste Disposal

 

B

Managing the Food Flow

21.67%

1

Conduct a Risk Assessment

 

2

Evaluate Risks Associated with Special Processes

 

3

Manage the Procurement Process

 

4

Evaluate Products at Delivery

 

5

Evaluate Storage Practices

 

6

Observe Food Preparation/Processing

 

7

Monitor Handling of Finished Products

 

8

Evaluate the Transport of Finished Products

 

C

Preventing Contamination and Adulteration

23.33%

1

Monitor Employee Health and Hygiene

 

2

Evaluate Contact with RTE Foods

 

3

Monitor Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures

 

4

Monitor Pest Control Activities

 

5

Monitor Allergen Control

 

6

Prevent Chemical Contamination

 

7

Assess the Management of Training

 

D

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

12.50%

1

Verify Required Licenses/Permits/Certificates

 

2

Conduct Pre and Post Debrief Interview

 

3

Evaluate PICs Knowledge

 

4

Conduct Menu/Labeling Review

 

5

Complete Required Documentation

 

E

Managing Adverse Events

9.17%

1

Create a Response Plan

 

2

Respond to Adverse Events

 

3

Evaluate Effectiveness of Response

 

F

Managing Food Defense

9.17%

1

Create a Food Defense Plan

 

2

Implement Food Defense Plan

 

3

Evaluate Food Defense Plan

 

G

Managing the Sample Collection Program

5.83%

1

Conduct Sample Collection Activities

 

2

Perform Sample Collection Follow Up Activities

 

 

Totals

100%

 

What resources are available to prepare to take the CCFS exam?

The CCFS Training Course

To meet the learning needs of today’s workforce, the training course for the CCFS is being developed on two platforms:

  1. Instructor-led classroom settings for those professionals that prefer to learn through in-person interaction with an instructor and other candidates
     

  2. Online for those professionals that prefer a self-paced learning option


Individual Study References

Recommended Reading for CCFS Candidates (PDF)



 
 


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