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SQF Professionals FAQs

Who is considered an SQF Professional?

An Auditor, Consultant, or Trainer registered with SQF with an active status is considered an SQF Professional.

How do I become an SQF Consultant, Trainer, or Auditor?

Visit our SQF Professional page. Take a moment to review the qualifications checklist for each SQF professional via the SQF Professional Application Information page on the left of the SQF Professional tab. Begin your online application by the use of the application link via “Resources” at the right of each page of the SQF Professional tab.

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, contact Exemplar Global for further assistance.

How much does it cost to apply as an SQF Consultant, Trainer, or Auditor?

This actually depends on whether you are applying for the first time as an SQF Professional, or re-applying, or upgrading. A registration fee is payable upon approval of the application for Consultants, Trainers, and Auditors. There is an annual fee payable when the registration is renewed for Consultants, Trainers, and Auditors. There is an additional charge of $100.00 each time an applicant applies for an upgrade, regardless of the number of categories added.

Click here for the most current list of SQF Professional registration fees.

In order to become an SQF Consultant or SQF Auditor, which SQF courses do I need to take?

If you wish to register as an SQF Consultant you will need to take the Implementing the SQF Systems course and examination. Prospective SQF Consultants must also demonstrate that they have attended a HACCP training course with documentation of completion.

In order to register as an SQF Auditor you will need to complete either the SQF Lead Auditor Course or the Auditing SQF Systems course (dependent upon experience) and examination.

If you wish to register as both an SQF Auditor AND Consultant you will ONLY need to take the Auditing SQF Systems course and examination.

For more information on the qualifications on how to become an SQF Consultant, visit the “SQF Professional Application Information” page in the SQF Professional tab.

Which courses are acceptable for the Auditor Training requirement?

An Audit Training course specific to HACCP food safety, such as ISO 9000, GMA Safe, SERVE SAFE, ASQ and Exemplar Global, are all acceptable to meet this requirement.

Why must an Auditor be affiliated with a Certification Body?

The SQF Program has many unique features that ensure trust and consistency in the auditing process as well as greater oversight of auditing activities conducted by companies and individuals operating on behalf of the SQF Institute.

Certifying Bodies are entities licensed by the SQF Institute, and consequently able to ensure that Auditors working on their behalf are performing audits in a manner consistent with the criteria for Certification Bodies and Auditors that is mandated by the SQF Institute and the SQF Program.

Our licensed Certification Bodies can be found here.

Who do I contact to learn the status of my SQF Professional Application?

You will want to contact Exemplar Global, a third-party company that manages all incoming SQF Professional applications. Your application status inquiries should be emailed to Ms. Kira Ancich, Scheme Examiner, at