The Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor (CFSQA) is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing a Food Safety and HACCP-based (or process-safety) system. A CFSQA uses various tools and techniques to examine, question, evaluate and report on that system's adequacy and deficiencies. The CFSQA analyzes all elements of the system and reports on how well it adheres to the criteria for management and control of process safety.
Please Note: The Certified HACCP Auditor (CHA) program was renamed to the Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor (CFSQA) on January 1st, 2020.
Here are the requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified Food Safety and Quality 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 Food Safety and Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge, with at least one year in a decision-making position. "Decision-making" is defined as the authority to define, execute, or control projects/processes and to be responsible for the outcome. This may or may not include management or supervisory positions.
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.
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.
Please Note: The Certified HACCP Auditor (CHA) Body of Knowledge was recently revised and starting in the January 2020 testing window, the program was renamed to Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor (CFSQA) and the new Body of Knowledge is being tested. Please read our Body of Knowledge Map that details the BoK revision process, and the differences between the previous 2012 CHA BoK and current 2020 CFSQA BoK.
Download the Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge
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. ASQ offers many books and training opportunities to help you prepare.
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 CFSQA 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 CFSQA 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.
To maintain the integrity of your Food Safety and Quality 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.