Implementing SQF Systems

The first step to achieving SQF certification is to clearly understand the SQF Food Safety Code.

This course is designed for those individuals, such as SQF practitioners, responsible for developing, aligning, verifying, maintaining, and otherwise supporting the site’s SQF food safety system and its culture of food safety.

With a focus on continuous improvement, practical activities provide attendees with the opportunity to align their existing programs with the SQF Food Safety Code and build an environment where food safety is a top priority.


Participants should have already successfully completed an HACCP training course meeting the definition found in the Glossary of the SQF Food Safety Code.

Course Format

  • 16-hour class.
  • Instructor-led: In-person, hybrid, or virtual classroom instruction offered by SQF-licensed training centers.

Course Objectives

  • Improve or align existing food safety programs to reflect the requirements of the SQF Food Safety Code.
  • Understand the interconnectedness of the SQF programs and how each contributes to an SQF system supported by a culture of food safety.
  • Outline actions to ensure the success of the SQF food safety system.