Exam Description and Content Outline

The CCFS examination consists of a total of 135 multiple-choice questions. Of the 135 questions, 120 will be scored. The remaining 15 are unscored, pilot questions. Those items will not be called out to candidates during the exam. Candidates are given a total of two and a half (2.5) 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%