SQF Exam: Advanced SQF Practitioner

The Advanced SQF Practitioner examination is intended to assess the knowledge of the experienced SQF practitioner, and evaluates the following topic areas:

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  • Developing SMART food safety and quality objectives to identify and prioritize areas of improvement
  • Analyzing food safety and quality data to identify areas for SQF System improvement
  • Verifying the effectiveness of the preventive and corrective actions taken as a result of the internal audit process
  • Communicating the effectiveness of the SQF System to senior site management
  • Applying the Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) process
  • Utilizing the root cause analysis (RCA) process
  • Building a continuous improvement program

Individuals will be allowed a total of three attempts to successfully complete the examination. The examination must be completed within 14 days of beginning the examination. A certificate of attainment can be printed after successful completion of the examination.

The passing score of the examination is 75%

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Frequently asked questions

How long do I have to complete the exam?
Once purchased, an online exam will remain available indefinitely. Once started, the user has 14 days to complete the exam in full before the expiry date. Users who fail to complete the online exam in the time available will not be eligible for a refund.

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.

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.

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.

If I pass the SQF exam, will that make me an SQF Practitioner?
No, there are various requirements to become an SQF Practitioner including the following:

  1. Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis;
  2. Hold a position of responsibility in relation to the management of the site’s SQF System;
  3. Have completed a HACCP training course;
  4. Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP based food safety plans; and
  5. 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.

You can also find this information in the SQF Food Safety Code, edition 8 in element 2.1.2.5.

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:

  1. Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis;
  2. Hold a position of responsibility in relation to the management of the site’s SQF System;
  3. Have completed a HACCP training course;
  4. Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP based food safety plans; and
  5. 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: http://www.sqfi.com/wp-content/uploads/3.-8-Steps-to-Certitification-Flyer.pdf

What is the difference between the primary production (pre-farm) exam or the manufacturing (post-farm) exam and the Advanced SQF Practitioner Exam?
Passing the primary production (pre-farm) exam or the manufacturing (post-farm) exam is required for SQF consultants and instructors. It’s also a way for SQF practitioners to demonstrate their knowledge of the SQF Code.

Whereas the Advanced SQF Practitioner Exam is intended to assess the knowledge of the experienced SQF practitioner.
The advanced one is for people who have:

  1. Been through at least one successful SQF certification/ recertification process as the designated SQF practitioner.
  2. Successfully completed a HACCP training class.
  3. Successfully completed the Implementing SQF Systems examination.

For more information about exams visit: http://www.sqfi.com/training-centers/online-exams/

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.

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