How to Get Certified

Achieving SQF Certification can seem like a daunting task. However, SQFI has provided resources to help at every step of the way. With step-by-step certification instructions, training, customer service team, and more, SQFI has made food safety and quality certification easier to acquire.

Certification Steps

Step 1: Learn About the SQF Code
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There are different available options for learning about the SQF Code:

  • Attend a SQF Information Day – SQF Information Days are day-long, in-person informational seminars designed to introduce food suppliers at all levels of the food chain to the benefits of food safety and quality certification.
  • Online Courses – Our Implementing SQF Systems course is available through our online training center, Alchemy Academy
  • Instructor led Courses – Our Licensed Training Centers offer Implementing SQF Systems courses in many different locations throughout the US and Globally
  • Train Yourself – Our codes are available for free to download and study here
Step 2: Register Your Company in the SQF Assessment Database
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To register for an SQF audit in the SQF Assessment Database, click here

Registration Fees:

Classification Description of Classification Fee USD
A Primary Producers (farms, ranches, orchards, etc. or FSC 1, 3, 5, 6) $100
B Suppliers with a gross sales < $5 million USD $250
C Suppliers with a gross sales > 5 million USD < 25 million USD $350
D Suppliers with a gross sales > 25 million USD < 50 million USD $500
E Suppliers with a gross sales > 50 million USD $600
M Multi-site Organization
    Central-site $1000
    Each Sub-site $25
Step 3: Designate an Employee as the SQF Practitioner
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The SQF Practitioner must satisfy the below requirements as outlined in section 2.1.2.4 of the SQF Code:

  • Be employed by the site as a company employee on a full-time basis
  • Have completed a HACCP-based training course
  • Be competent to implement and maintain Good Agricultural/Aquacultural/Manufacturin Practices
  • Have an understanding of the SQF Code and the requirements to implement and maintain SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification.*

*To learn more about the SQF Code and requirements, please refer to Step 1

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Step 4: Choose Your Type of Certification
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Please choose either:

Fundamentals (Formerly Level 1)
Food Safety (Formerly Level 2)
Food Safety and Quality (Formerly Level 3)

Step 5: Obtain Proposals from SQF Licensed Certification Bodies
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To find  a Certification Body in your area, click here

Step 6: Conduct a Pre-Assessment (Optional)
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Either an SQF auditor or your SQF practitioner can identify the “gaps” between your program and the desired type of SQF certification.

Step 7: Choose a Certification Body and Schedule an Audit
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Select the proposal from the Certification Body that best suits your facility and its needs, then schedule an audit with this Certification Body.

Step 8: Certification Body Conducts Initial Certification Audits
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Initial Certification Audits consists of both a Document Review (Desk Audit) and a Facility Assessment (Facility Audit).

The SQF Assessment Database

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Training Corner

Need help learning about the SQF Program and how to get started, check out our educational tools and training classes.

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