The practitioner must:
1. Be a full time employee in a position of responsibility for the management of the SQF System. The practitioner may not be a consultant or contract position.
2. Complete a HACCP Course. This course does not have to be approved by SQFI, but the practitioner must be competent to implement and maintain the HACCP system
3. Be trained on and understand the SQF Code.
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When evaluating the credentials of an SQF practitioner, the auditor will ensure that the practitioner demonstrates knowledge of the SQF code. The auditor can evaluate the practitioner's knowledge during the audit by asking open-ended questions about the SQF system, code and general requirements. Our "Complete Training Package" is perfect for preparing you to meet this requirement.
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The SQF Code defines the required qualifications for this role in Section 126.96.36.199 "SQF Practitioner". A site may have more than one practitioner if needed to cover responsibilities for the operations or shifts.
As noted, there are no specific requirements for training (other than HACCP) or testing. The practitioner must demonstrate knowledge of the current version of the SQF Code. Some choose to do this by either successfully completing an Implementing SQF Systems training course, or by successfully completing an Implementing SQF Systems examination. Additionally, the practitioner may adequately demonstrate knowledge of the Code by having an effectively-implemented SQF System or appropriately address questions posed by the auditor at the time of the certification audit.
Additionally, note that there is no requirement to register or "certify" as a practitioner. A person in the role of a practitioner must meet the requirements of 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 of the SQF Code. Therefore there is no need to "re-register" or "recertify," nor is there a need to retake either the Implementing SQF Systems course or the Implementing SQF System examination if already successfully completed."
The above requirements are quoted from SQFI Website FAQs
Our complete training program provides the training sessions the practitioner needs as well as important implementation tools: Step-by-step guidance, checklists, to-do-lists and implementation plans, tutorial, document templates, PRP templates, forms templates and technical assistance when needed.
The practitioner will play an important role in the implementation of the SQF System. In most cases they will be the project manager or leader. Make sure your practitioner has the training and tools that they need to effectively design, document and implement the system.