A critical first step in understanding the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing and the implementation and certification processes. This comprehensive course points those who are new to the SQF program in the right direction and covers six content areas that mirror the SQF Food Safety Code which flow together to facilitate learning about the Code. Knowledge Checks and interactive activities keep the learner engaged and apply the content to real world situations.
- Preparing to implement an SQF System
- Implementing an SQF System
- Developing food quality and food safety plans based on HACCP principles
- Preparing for the SQF audit and certification
- Preparing GMPs or GAPs to control hazards, threats, and risks to food safety
Frequently asked questions
How long do I have to complete the course?
Users have access to the course content for 30 days after beginning the course. During the 30-day period, the user may start and stop at their leisure. Users who fail to complete the eLearning course in the time available will not be eligible for a refund.
Can we use edition 8 of the Code prior to the implementation date of January 2nd?
Any audits scheduled prior to January 2, 2018, will be under edition 7.2. There will be no exceptions.
Where can I download Edition 8?
Edition 8 can be found on the SQFI website at www.sqfi.com/documents. All previous versions of the SQF Code can also be found by following that link.
Our initial certification audit is in 2017 under edition 7.2. Will I have to re-certify to edition 8 in January once the Code is implemented?
If a site is audited against edition 7.2 in 2017, then their recertification audit date will be conducted twelve months from their initial certification audit against edition 8. There is no need to have an audit prior to that date against edition 8.
If our unannounced audit is scheduled to be conducted in 2018, will it be to edition 8?
Unannounced recertification audits scheduled for 2018 will be under edition 8.
What is the difference between the modules and the Food Safety Codes?
Modules are the good industry practices that are specific to the industry sector. The modules contain the good agriculture practices, good manufacturing practices, good distribution practices, and good retail practices that the site shall meet in order to achieve SQF certification. To determine the appropriate the module the site shall refer to any of the SQF Codes, Edition 8, Part A, Section 1.2. The Food Safety Code is the site-specific reference that outlines the requirements that each site shall meet when implementing and maintaining the SQF Code requirements.
What is the best way to determine which food sector category and modules apply to my site?
The best way to determine which Food Sector Category bests fits your site, please reference the Food Sector Category list and description listed in any of the SQF Codes, Edition 8, Appendix 1. This list identifies the category and provides descriptions, product examples and relevant modules. It would be best to consult with your certification body to confirm the designation of the site’s food sector category.
How much documentation is required to update our current SQF system to edition 8? For example, should my system review be against edition 7.2 or edition 8?
Any auditors auditing against edition 8 of the SQF Code will be required to audit against all requirements (new and existing) that are contained in edition 8. Sites should evaluate their systems to ensure they meet the requirements of edition 8. It is recommended that there be at a minimum of 90 days of documentation to support any new program or requirement however that is not a requirement. The actual number depends on the program, policy or procedure that is being implemented.
Which exam or course should I buy if I want to be SQF certified?
An entire site seeks to achieve and maintain SQF certification, not just one person. However, part of a site becoming SQF certified is for the site to designate one of their employees as the SQF Practitioner. There are various requirements to become an SQF Practitioner including the following:
- Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis;
- Hold a position of responsibility in relation to the management of the site’s SQF System;
- Have completed a HACCP training course;
- Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP based food safety plans; and
- Have an understanding of the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing and the requirements to implement and maintain an SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification.
Our Implementing SQF Systems course helps you pass the SQF exam which fulfills the “Have an understanding of the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing and the requirements to implement and maintain an SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification.” requirement.
For more information on how your site can reach SQF certification, please visit: SQF Certification Information
I’m currently an SQF food safety practitioner; will I need to retake the training or exam for the SQF Food Safety Code, edition 8?
There is no requirement to register or “certify” as a practitioner. A person in the role of a practitioner must meet the requirements of 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 of the SQF Food Safety Code, edition 8. Therefore, there is no need to “re-register” or “re-certify,” nor is there a need to retake either the Implementing SQF Systems course or the Implementing SQF System examination if already successfully completed to a previous edition. Please note however, that the food safety practitioner is required to have an understanding of the SQF Code [edition 8] at their level of certification and the requirements to implement and maintain SQF System relevant to the supplier scope of certification, so the practitioner may feel they will need to take further training on edition 8, which can be done with our Implementing SQF Systems for Manufacturing Course.
Do you offer courses to help pass the Advanced SQF Practitioner Exam?
A two-day Advanced SQF Practitioner course is offered exclusively through approved SQF trainers who can offer the course around the world and in your facility.
The SQF Advanced Practitioner Course is designed for the current SQF practitioner seeking further information on how to improve and maintain the supplier’s SQF System.
A two-day Advanced SQF Practitioner course is offered exclusively through approved SQF trainers who can offer the course around the world and in your facility. The SQF Advanced Practitioner Course is designed for the current SQF practitioner seeking further information on how to improve and maintain the supplier’s SQF System. Click here for a list of approved Advanced SQF Practitioner trainers.