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HACCP Auditor Certification CHA

HACCP Auditor Certification CHA


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The Certified HACCP Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing an HACCP-based (or process-safety) system. An HACCP auditor uses various tools and techniques to examine, question, evaluate, and report on that system's adequacies and deficiencies. The HACCP auditor analyzes all elements of the system and reports on how well it adheres to the criteria for management and control of process safety.

Download the HACCP Auditor Certification Brochure. (PDF, 302 KB).

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Retakes $298


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Requirements

Here are the requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified HACCP Auditor.

Work Experience

Candidates must have worked in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied toward the work experience requirement.

Candidates must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified HACCP Auditor Body of Knowledge, with at least one year in a decision-making role.

Education

Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the five-year experience requirement waived, as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):

  • Associate degree — one year waived
  • Bachelor’s degree — three years waived
  • Master’s or doctorate — four years waived

Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.

Expectations

Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified HACCP Auditor.

  • Will have a thorough understanding of the product safety aspects of HACCP and how HACCP relates to other risk management systems.
  • Will understand the primary benefit of HACCP.
  • Will be able to recognize the level of management commitment (vs. minimal compliance efforts) by analyzing how the program is deployed and by measuring its effectiveness.
  • Will be able to apply, assess, and implement operational and prerequisite programs that support the foundation of the HACCP system.
  • Will have a thorough understanding of management techniques as they relate to HACCP plan development, including assembling teams, flowcharting, etc.
  • Will have comprehensive knowledge of HACCP terminology and its seven principles.
  • Will be able to assess a HACCP plan, evaluate its effectiveness, and verify that it has been deployed, is being maintained, and is current.
  • Will be able to conduct different types of audits effectively in a professional, ethical, and objective manner using and interpreting applicable standards/requirements, with an awareness of potential legal and financial ramifications.
  • Will be able to plan, develop, communicate, and execute an audit effectively within a defined scope, including resource scheduling, conducting meetings necessary to the performance of the audit, and using appropriate auditing techniques.
  • Will be able to verify, document, and communicate audit results, develop an audit report, and evaluate the effectiveness of corrective action/follow-up.
  • Will have thorough knowledge of the interpersonal skills needed to resolve conflict, conduct interviews, and make presentations effectively, and will be able to work on teams as a participant, leader, and facilitator.
  • Will recognize how quality principles relate to business processes and be able to explain the importance of aligning the audit function to the organization.
  • Will be able to select and use a wide variety of quality and auditing tools and techniques in a variety of situations.

Body of Knowledge

The topics in this Body of Knowledge include the cognitive level at which the questions will be written and is designed to provide guidance for both the Exam Development Committee and the candidate preparing to take the exam. The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each entry refers to the maximum cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A complete description of the various cognitive levels is provided at the end of the document.

Download the Certified HACCP Auditor Body of Knowledge


Prepare for the exam

Choose an exam date

ASQ designed these resources to help you get ready to take the exam. Have you already reviewed these items? Choose an exam date below.

Review a list of references that provide the basis for the exam questions. These items give you a better idea of the material covered in the exam.

Take an interactive sample exam to receive additional feedback on the questions that appear in the sample exam. Print out the paper-and-pencil sample exam (PDF, 233 KB) to see the actual test format, including instructions and test questions from past exams.

ASQ offers many books and training opportunities to help you prepare.

Training

Need more training options? ASQ Sections and ASQ Forums/Divisions offer more training opportunities.

Books

Examination

Each certification candidate is required to pass an examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge.

Computer Delivered - The CHA examination is a one-part, 145- multiple choice question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 135 multiple choice questions are scored and 10 are unscored.

Paper and Pencil - The CHA examination is a one-part, 135- multiple choice question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.

All examinations are open book. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the FAQs.

 


Recertification

To maintain the integrity of your HACCP Auditor certification, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years. Find out the steps you need to take for recertification.


 

Computer-Based Testing Dates

ASQ certification examinations are delivered by ASQ's testing partner, Prometric. The examination scheduling instructions in your eligibility letter will direct you to a section of Prometric's website, where you can select and schedule your examination date and location.


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