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The Certified HACCP (Food Safety) Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing an HACCP-based (or process-safety) system. An HACCP (Food Safety) auditor uses various tools and techniques to examine, question, evaluate, and report on that system's adequacies and deficiencies. The HACCP (Food Safety) 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 (Food Safety) Auditor Certification Brochure. (PDF, 302 KB).
Here are the requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified HACCP (Food Safety) Auditor.
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 (Food Safety) Auditor Body of Knowledge, with at least one year in a decision-making role.
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):
Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.
Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified HACCP (Food Safety) Auditor.
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 (Food Safety) Auditor Body of Knowledge
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.
Need more training options? ASQ Sections and ASQ Forums/Divisions offer more training opportunities.
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 with the exception of the constructed response (essay) portion of the CMQ/OE exam. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the FAQs.
To maintain the integrity of your HACCP (Food Safety) Auditor certification, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years. Find out the steps you need to take for recertification.
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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