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How to Become an SQF  Practitioner

This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Many people are confused about what it means and become an SQF Practitioner.  Watch our 4 minute video explanation and get the answers!


What is a Certified SQF Practitioner?

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:

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SQF Practitioner Responsibilities

"The Practitioner:

    “Senior site management shall designate an SQF practitioner for each site with responsibility and authority to:
    • i. Oversee the development, implementation, review and maintenance of the SQF System, including food safety fundamentals outlined in 2.4.2, and the food safety plan outlined in 2.4.3.
    • ii. Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the SQF System; and
    • iii. Communicate to relevant personnel all information essential to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.
    • The SQF practitioner shall:

      • i. Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis;
      • ii. Hold a position of responsibility in relation to the management of the site’s SQF System;
      • iii. Have completed a HACCP training course;
      • iv. Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP based food safety plans; and
      • v. Have an understanding of the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing and the requirements to implement and maintain an SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification."

      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 and 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.

      How to become qualified to be an SQF Practitioner

      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:

      • -Online Training on the SQF Code - See our Premium Online All-in-One Package or our SQF Complete Training Program. Both of these programs meet requirements for training the practitioner. The Premium Online All-in-One also includes online training sessions for additional employees and internal auditors.
      • -Classroom Training Programs