Food Safety Certificate Program

  • Overview
  • Benefits
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Course Details

NSF offers the NSF Certificate in Food Safety Program. Participants taking one or all of the ANSI-accredited NSF courses included in this certificate program can have confidence in the quality of the program’s administration, management, analysis, design, development and evaluation. This four-course certificate program is designed to provide learners with practical knowledge that can be immediately implemented to meet food safety requirements and standards.

NSF International is an ANSI-accredited product certification body - accreditation #1029.


NSF programs meet predefined industry requirements for content, follow predetermined processes and include constant feedback for quality improvement. These programs help your company comply with regulatory requirements for consistently trained professionals, regardless of when or where they receive their NSF training.

Participants will learn valuable tools enabling them to:

  • Demonstrate an actively managed and continuously improving food safety system
  • Improve access to international markets and new customers
  • Display product quality, productivity and brand name protection
  • Increase knowledge and skills related to internal auditing

Why Work With NSF?

We work with academia and other oversight agencies to help ensure that our certificate programs include key aspects such as high quality material, best-in-class performance management protocols, multi-level evaluation cycles and technical advisory panels.

Our trainers are experts. We are auditors, practitioners and consultants and we know what’s important in your training because we’ve worked in the field ourselves. We can help assess knowledge gaps and provide solutions.

Course Details

Learners may attain the unaccredited NSF Certificate in Food Safety Programs after successful completion of these four ANSI-accredited courses within a specified three-year time frame:

  • Prerequisite Programs for Food Safety Systems (6.5 contact hours)
  • HACCP Manager Training (13 contact hours)
  • Advanced HACCP: Verification and Validation (6.5 contact hours)
  • Principles of Internal Auditing (6.5 contact hours)

These courses can be delivered as public courses, on-site or online. In addition, learners must meet the following course requirements:

  • Be present for a minimum of 90 percent of the course
  • Successfully complete and pass a criterion-referenced assessment

View the complete list of requirements for the NSF Certificate in Food Safety Programs.

NSF International is an ANSI-accredited product certification body - accreditation #1029.

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  • “NSF has provided excellent food safety training to the Wisconsin dairy industry for the last four years. Each trainer has been a technically proficient, highly skilled communicator who understands the industry and the needs of the audience.”Matt Mathison / Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  • “This course was extremely helpful in preparing for the test. A lot of questions and issues were cleared up, and I was able to pinpoint the things best for my company.”Jim Fuller / Papa Pita
  • “NSF has become a valued and trusted partner to MMTC and our customer base in all areas related to food safety and quality. The level of expertise and training are top shelf throughout the organization.”Jodi Gruner / Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • "Very informative, enjoyable and value-added.”Hugh Albert / Necco
  • “I really enjoyed the class. The trainer did a great job and it was an interesting group of professionals. By far one of the best trainings I have attended.”Tom Finnegan / Stay Fresh Foods