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

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.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68R Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist MOS some          
Warrant Officer 640A Food Safety Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 922A Food Service Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • 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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

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: staff@neha.org

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

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.

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

  • 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

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

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

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) testing process, visit the agency website.

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.