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Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS)
 

What is a CP-FS?

Exam and Application


 

What is a CP-FS?

The Certified Professional - Food Safety is for food safety professionals and is designed for individuals within the public and private sectors whose primary responsibility is the protection and safety of food. The exam for this prestigious credential integrates food microbiology, HACCP principles and regulatory requirements into questions that test problem solving skills and knowledge.
 

Obtaining the CP-FS

To obtain the CP-FS credential, you must apply, meet the eligibility requirements, and pass the CP-FS examination. More information is also available in the 
CP-FS Candidate Information Brochure (PDF) and the NEHA Credentialing Handbook (PDF).


 



Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the CP-FS credential exam, a candidate must meet the criteria for A, B, or C as follows:

  1. Degree Track: You are eligible for the credential if you have:

    1. A Bachelor’s degree in food science or environmental health from a degree program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. To find out if your degree program has been accredited by EHAC, please visit their website at: http://www.ehacoffice.org/accred-prog/under-prog.php; OR

    2. a Bachelor’s degree with at least two (2) years experience in food protection; OR

    3. a Bachelor’s degree and possession of the NEHA REHS/RS credential

  1. Experience Track: You are eligible for the credential if you have:

    1. an Associate’s degree and four (4) years of progressive experience in food-related work, and  successful passage of the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM), Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE), SuperSafe Mark Exam, or ServSafe exam; OR

    2. a High School Diploma or GED and five (5) years of progressive experience in food-related work, and successful passage of the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM), Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE), SuperSafe Mark Exam, or ServSafe exam

  1. “In-Training” Status: If you are applying under condition A-2 of the eligibility requirements, but do not yet have the required work experience, you may apply for an “In-Training” Status registration. You will have three (3) years to acquire the necessary experience to transfer your registration to full-credential status. If you do not acquire the necessary experience in three years, your “In-Training” status will expire. In order to obtain the credential you will need to once again apply and be found eligible to take the exam. 

     


 

NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook

It is strongly recommended that you read NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook: Guide to Policies and Procedures for NEHA’s Credentialing Programs. This handbook  outlines all the policies you are expected to follow by being a NEHA credential holder. The handbook also outlines in further detail the procedures for applying for a credential, submitting continuing education, and maintaining your credential.

If you would like to request a hardcopy of NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook, please contact the Credentialing Department at (303) 756-9090 ext. 310, or email credentialing@neha.org.
 

 


 


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