Those interested in learning more about the new Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential are invited to attend a session from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, in the Special Events Pavilion, Booth 776, on the Food Expo floor.
This initiative provides the food science profession with a formal certification program to recognize the applied scientific knowledge and skills of food scientists. The CFS credential, obtained by passing an exam, will test food scientists on a central body of knowledge that defines the core professional competencies of a food scientist. The CFS exam content areas are as follows: product development, food microbiology, quality assurance and quality control, food safety, food chemistry and food analysis, food engineering, regulatory, and sensory evaluation and consumer testing.
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The goals of the CFS credential include the following:
• Demonstrating the profession’s commitment to food safety and sufficiency;
• Promoting lifelong learning by making continuing education a priority;
• Providing food scientists with a way to demonstrate their applied professional skills and knowledge through a third-party, independent assessment tool;
• Helping employers and practitioners identify individuals with certain knowledge and skills;
• Raising the visibility and credibility of the food science profession; and
• Building a foundation for ethical standards moving forward that will benefit the entire profession.
The CFS application, fees, exam, candidate handbook, testing dates, and recertification policy will be finalized in August 2012. Visit ift.org/certification for more information and to receive updates as they become available. Here at the Annual Meeting & Food Expo, information is also available at IFT Central, Booth 943.