Job Analysis Update
Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS exam) is based on the results
of a Job Task Analysis (JTA) study. A summary of the results of the most
recent study, conducted in 2012, is described here.
In November 2012, a group of nine Subject Matter Experts met with the
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Professional
Testing Inc. (PTI) to perform a job task analysis and develop an
examination blueprint for the CP-FS exam.
Following the meeting, an online survey was administered between January
and February 2013 to validate the results of the job analysis study and
finalize the blueprint. The survey respondents reported working in 46
out of the 50 United States and reported working in both regulatory and
industry. About half of the respondents reports having the CP-FS
credential, and about half reported having the REHS credential. In the
survey, respondents answered questions related to the frequency a task
is performed by a CP-FS, and the importance of a task to the successful
performance of a CP-FS. Participants were surveyed on 134 job tasks and
216 knowledge areas.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why does the JTA need to be updated?
Periodically, a JTA needs to be reevaluated in order to validate its
relevancy to current practice.
How do the
changes in the JTA affect the CP-FS exam?
The blueprint for the exam has changed to reflect the current
practice of a CP-FS, according to the results of the survey. The new
blueprint is available at:
When was the new
CP-FS exam made available?
The new exam was first offered on July 8, 2013.
Will an updated
CP-FS study guide be available?
Yes, a new edition of the CP-FS study guide is available for
purchase through the
Has the length of the CP-FS exam changed?
Yes, the new exam consists of 140 questions, including 20 un-scored
pilot questions. Candidates will be given two and a half (2.5) hours to
complete the exam.
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