How to Get Certified

Achieving SQF Certification can seem like a daunting task. However, SQFI has provided resources to help at every step of the way. With step-by-step certification instructions, training, customer service team, and more, SQFI has made food safety and quality certification easier to acquire.

Processus de certification

Step 1: En savoir plus sur le code SQF
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There are different available options for learning about the SQF Code:

  • Attend a SQF Information Day – SQF Information Days are day-long, in-person informational seminars designed to introduce food suppliers at all levels of the food chain to the benefits of food safety and quality certification.
  • Online Courses – Our Implementing SQF Systems course is available through our online training center, Alchemy Academy
  • Instructor led Courses – Our Licensed Training Centers offer Implementing SQF Systems courses in many different locations throughout the US and Globally
  • Train Yourself – Our codes are available for free to download and study here
Étape 2: Register Your Company in the SQF Assessment Database
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To register for an SQF audit in the SQF Assessment Database, click here

Registration Fees:

Classification Description de la classification Frais USD
A Primary Producers (farms, ranches, orchards, etc. or FSC 1, 3, 5, 6) 100 $
B Suppliers with a gross sales < $5 million USD 250 $
C Fournisseurs réalisant un chiffre d’affaires brut > 5 millions $ USD < 25 millions $ USD 350 $
D Fournisseurs réalisant un chiffre d’affaires brut > 25 millions $ USD < 50 millions $ USD 500 $
E Fournisseurs réalisant un chiffre d’affaires brut > 50 millions $ USD 600 $
M Organisation multisite
    Site central 1000 $
    Chaque site secondaire 25 $
Étape 3: Désigner un employé comme praticien SQF
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The SQF Practitioner must satisfy the below requirements as outlined in section 2.1.2.4 of the SQF Code:

  • Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis
  • Have completed a HACCP-based training course
  • Be competent to implement and maintain Good Agricultural/Aquacultural/Manufacturin Practices
  • Have an understanding of the SQF Code and the requirements to implement and maintain SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification.*

*To learn more about the SQF Code and requirements, please refer to Step 1

Looking for an SQF Practitioner? Why not Hire a Scholar?

Étape 4: Choose Your Type of Certification
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Please choose either:

Fundamentals (Formerly Level 1)
Food Safety (Formerly Level 2)
Food Safety and Quality (Formerly Level 3)

Étape 5: Obtenir des propositions des organismes de certification détenteurs de licence SQF
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To find  a Certification Body in your area, click here

Étape 6: Effectuer une pré-évaluation (facultatif)
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Either an SQF auditor or your SQF practitioner can identify the “gaps” between your program and the desired type of SQF certification.

Étape 7: Choisir un organisme de certification et programmer une vérification
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Select the proposal from the Certification Body that best suits your facility and its needs, then schedule an audit with this Certification Body.

Étape 8: Certification Body Conducts Initial Certification Audits
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Initial Certification Audits consists of both a Document Review (Desk Audit) and a Facility Assessment (Facility Audit).

The SQF Assessment Database

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Training Corner

Need help learning about the SQF Program and how to get started, check out our educational tools and training classes.

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