National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)


Credential: Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)
Credentialing Agency: National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential is an intermediate-level certification for experienced food safety professionals. CCFSs manage and evaluate food safety plans, food facilities, and food production processes throughout the food supply chain; these professionals work in retail, manufacturing, food service distribution companies, and other food industry settings within the private sector. CCFSs conduct risk assessments, observe and train staff, assess physical facilities, and assure that corrective measures are implemented to control hazards and prevent foodborne illness. CCFSs demonstrate expertise in manufacturing and processing areas; serve in regulatory and oversight roles including, food safety management and compliance positions. Candidates must take and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: optional depending on education – NEHA Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian (REHS) or Certified Professional Food Safety (CP-FS) or equivalent credential
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

720 South Colorado Blvd.
Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO  80246-1925

Phone: (303) 756-9090

Fax: (303) 691-9490
Email: credentialing@neha.org

Track 1:

Bachelor’s Degree Track

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in food science or environmental health from a degree program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, and one year of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement, or;
  • Have bachelor’s degree with 30-semester hours core science, and at least two years of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement. Degree must be from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent if a foreign institution, or;
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent if a foreign institution, and at least five years of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement.

Track 2:

Associates Degree Track

  • Have an associate’s degree in science from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent of a foreign institution, and at least five years of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance or enforcement.

Track 3:

Experience Track

  • Have a Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian (REHS) or equivalent credential in good standing, and one year of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement, or;
  • Have a Certified Professional Food Safety (CP-FS) or equivalent credential in good standing, and two years of full-time work experience in food safety management, instruction, compliance, or enforcement.

The Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates and those who earn the CCFS are required to uphold and abide by the NEHA Code of Ethics.

Written Exam

  • Evaluating Food Facilities and Equipment (18.3%)
    • Perform a Plan Review
    • Monitor Potable Water
    • Assess the Physical Facility
    • Evaluate Food Contact Equipment
    • Monitor Equipment Calibrations
    • Monitor Sewer and Waste Disposal
  • Managing the Food Flow (21.7%)
    • Conduct a Risk Assessment
    • Evaluate Risks Associated with Special Processes
    • Manage the Procurement Process
    • Evaluate Products at Delivery
    • Evaluate Storage Practices
    • Observe Food Preparation/Processing
    • Monitor Handling of Finished Products
    • Evaluate the Transport of Finished Products
  • Preventing Contamination and Adulteration (23.3%)
    • Monitor Employee Health and Hygiene
    • Evaluate Contact with RTE Foods
    • Monitor Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures
    • Monitor Pest Control Activities
    • Monitor Allergen Control
    • Prevent Chemical Contamination
    • Assess the Management of Training
  • Ensuring Regulatory Compliance (12.5%)
    • Verify Required Licenses/Permits/Certificates
    • Conduct Pre and Post Debrief Interview
    • Evaluate PICs Knowledge
    • Conduct Menu/Labeling Review
    • Complete Required Documentation
  • Managing Adverse Events (9.2%)
    • Create a Response Plan
    • Respond to Adverse Events
    • Evaluate Effectiveness of Response
  • Managing Food Defense (9.2%)
    • Create a Food Defense Plan
    • Implement Food Defense Plan
    • Evaluate Food Defense Plan
  • Managing the Sample Collection Program (5.8%)
    • Conduct Sample Collection Activities
    • Perform Sample Collection Follow Up Activities

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential has the following recertification information:

NEHA certifications are awarded for 2-year periods. To remain certified, certification holders must:
  • Earn and submit a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years; and
  • Submit renewal fees for the CCFS credential every two years; and
  • Agree to continue to abide by and uphold the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Policy and the policies of the credential program.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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