Exam Description and Content Outline

Exam Description and Content Outline

The CFOI examination consists of a total of 140 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are given a total of two and ½ hours (2.5) hours to complete the exam. There will be a total of 140 items on the examination, 125 of which will be scored and 15 unscored pilot items. The scored items are reflective of the exam blueprint listed below.

Below is an outline of the nine (9) 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.

Duties and Tasks

Final Weight

125 Items

A

Detecting Outbreaks

6%

7

1

Collect Complaints

2%

3

2

Review Complaint Log to Determine if there are Possible Associated Foodborne Illnesses

2%

2

2

Link Complaint Information with Other Data Sources

2%

2

B

Preparing for Investigation

14%

17

1

Review Available Information

2%

3

2

Determine Scope of Investigation

2%

3

3

Inform Agency Administration

1%

1

4

Assemble Outbreak Team

1%

1

5

Convene Outbreak team

1%

1

6

Develop Response Plan

5%

6

7

Gather Requisite Equipment

2%

2

C

Contributing to Epidemiologic Investigation

7%

9

1

Develop Questionnaires

2%

3

2

Conduct Interviews

2%

3

3

Search for Additional Cases

2%

3

D

Performing Environmental Assessment

32%

40

1

Review Facility Inspection and Complaint Reports

2%

2

2

Meet with Person-In-Charge

2%

2

3

Conduct Walk-Through

6%

8

4

Interview Employees

3%

4

5

Conduct Food Flow Analysis

7%

9

6

Formulate Root-Cause Analysis

2%

2

7

Document Evidence

3%

4

8

Conduct Exit Interview

4%

5

9

Implement Interventions

3%

4

E

Collecting Samples

7%

9

1

Determine Sampling Plan

2%

2

2

Preparing to Sample

2%

2

3

Collect Samples

2%

3

4

Package and Transport Samples

2%

2

F

Reviewing Investigation Findings

13%

16

1

Compile and Share Findings with Partners

3%

4

2

Evaluate Investigation Evidence

8%

10

3

Develop Communication Plan

2%

2

G

Conducting Product Tracing

5%

6

1

Identify Necessity of Product Tracing

3%

4

2

Conduct Product Tracing

2%

2

H

Implementing Control Measures

14%

17

1

Identify Control Measures

6%

8

2

Implement Control Measures

4%

5

3

Evaluate Control Measure Effectiveness

3%

4

I

Concluding Actions

3%

4

1

Create Final Reports

2%

2

2

Conduct After-Action Report

2%

2

Total

100%

125

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