This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Many people are confused about what it means and how to go about becoming a Practitioner. There is no "SQF practitioner certification" but there are requirements to meet in order to be qualified. Watch our 4 minute video explanation and get the answers!
Older versions of SQF required a certified SQF Practitioner. There is no longer a certification for Practitioners. However, there are requirements to meet in order to be an SQF Practitioner. An SQF certified company must designate an SQF Practitioner. This person will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the system, as well as the maintenance of the SQF Program.
The SQF Practitioner must:
Fulfill the training requirements for the Practitioner and at the same time, learn how to build your SQF food safety system.
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126.96.36.199 The SQF practitioner shall:
Quoted from SQF Code Edition 8
"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.
To become an SQF Practitioner there are 3 requirements. You will need to:
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. You have options for the training:
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