FPSC is proud to offer current HACCP professionals the opportunity to advance their careers with this exam and designation. For your benefit, we offer multiple study resources and recommendations, and a step-by-step guide on how to be fully successful throughout the exam process. Explore our website and be on your way to gaining your designation!
Our process involves a simple knowledge exam and performance evaluation that is reviewed online after vetting the applicability and information of our candidates.
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Who Would Benefit from a CCHP Certification?
The CCHP designation is valuable for both experienced professionals already working in a HACCP role and for those who are working in other related positions within the food processing industry.
Steps to achieve the CCHP Certification
Step 1 – Review Qualifications
You will find all the information you need about the CCHP exam in the Candidate Handbook and the “About CCHP” tab in this website. This section contains eligibility requirements, benefits to the CCHP designation, and information regarding the entire examination process. You can also find information on the current fees for the exam and preparation resources.
Step 2 – Are you Eligible
Once you have explored the benefits and decided to apply for the exam, review the eligibility requirements.
Applicants are required to have:
- 3 years of practical work experience within the last 5 years. This must be in a role that is relatable with the HACCP profession, or in a profession or similar role where you can demonstrate relevant experience.
- Volunteer, research and academic practical HACCP work experience. This may count for up to 1 year of the 3-year HACCP work experience requirement.
FPSC is responsible for conducting an annual random audit of 5%-10% of all applications through which evidence of information reported by candidates is requested. Candidates will be informed if their submission may be subject to an audit.
Step 3 – Fill Out and Submit “Work Experience Porftolio"
Once you have determined you are eligible to take the exam, complete your Work Experience Portfolio. This form can be filled out and submitted online. This form must be completed before writing the exam. Without it, your experience could not be properly justified and you would not be deemed eligible.
Step 4 – Register and Payment
Once you have completed and submitted your Work Experience Portfolio to the registrar, you will be able to register for your Exam. After completing the registration form, you will be prompted to pay the exam fee. If you have one, a voucher number can save on some of the expenses. Have this number handy as you pay the exam fee and complete the registration process.
Payment with Credit Card
Follow the given instructions and proceed to pay with your credit card.
Payment with Voucher from Employer
If you have a voucher number given by your employer, enter the voucher number when prompted by the system during the online registration process.
Payment with Voucher given by the FPSC
The FPSC offers a discount to its members. If you are a FPSC member, you can call them at 613-237-7988 to pay for your exam by credit card. After payment, you will receive a voucher number from the FPHRC.
Step 5 – Prepare for your Exam
Prepare for Exam: When Steps 1-4 are fully completed, your application will be revised by the registrar to verify that you satisfy the 3 year work experience requirement and all other eligibilities. The registrar will:
- Determine if sufficient information is provided by candidate.
- Determine if minimum work experience is achieved. This may involve verifying information for authenticity.
- The registrar may contact you for additional information or clarity.
The review and approval process by the registrar will take approximately 5 business days. After that time has passed, you will receive an email letting you know whether your application was approved or denied. If denied, you will qualify for a refund. If approved, you can move on to the next step.
Step 6 – Approval of Application
Preparing is one of the most important steps for any exam. The FPSC offers several resources to prepare for this exam, which you can find in the HACCP Store. The Practice Exam (see Step 6B), National Occupational Standards Package, and Developing a HACCP Plan manual, E-Book are exceptional sources available for purchase. You can also find information on the content of the exam, sample questions, and additional resources for free around the CCHP website. 6B. The CCHP Practice Exam is an excellent study resource, as it mimics the feel, content, and structure of the designation exam. It is conveniently available online for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike the official exam, the Practice Exam is not virtually proctored. The Practice Exam’s main purpose is served when a candidate feels comfortable with the online, multiple choice structure, and is aware of what gaps in knowledge to fill when the practice is completed. Click here to take your Practice Exam and test your skills today!
Step 7 – Write Online Exam
Congratulations, you’ve been approved! As soon as you receive an email stating your application has been accepted, follow those included instructions.
The provided instructions will let you know how to set up your exam with the virtual proctor, and how to take the exam. Your virtual proctor acts as an online supervisor throughout the writing process to monitor cooperation via webcam. The exam and proctors are available on demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at a quiet location of your choice (home, closed office, library, etc.).
Make sure to schedule the exam within 30 days of being approved, or else the offer will expire. Candidates have one (1) year to write the exam after scheduling.
After completing and submitting your exam, the unofficial results (pass/fail) will appear in a pop-up on your computer screen.
Step 8 – Receive your Designation
Successful applicants will receive:
- An official certificate confirming their status as a Canadian Certified HACCP Professional;
- A transcript of the skills assessed during the exam;
- A CCHP logo lapel pin; and
- Their name added to the National CCHP Roster.
If the applicant was not successful, they will receive information on costs and steps to re-write the exam. Candidates will need to wait 30 days before re-writing the exam, as well as pay the additional re-write fee.
The CCHP Certification exam is based on the National Occupational Standard for a HACCP Professional. It is a virtually proctored exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions; each question has four (4) possible choices, with only one (1) correct answer. All choices are designed to be realistic, qualified candidates will need to read the choices carefully in order to be successful.
Candidates have two hours and thirty minutes (2.5 hours) to complete and submit the exam. The exam can be taken online at any time of the day and at any location of the candidate’s choice (i.e. home, closed office, library, etc.) with the oversight of a virtual proctor.
Virtually Proctored Exam
The CCHP Exam is taken in a “virtually proctored” environment. An online supervisor monitors the examinee via a webcam as he/she completes the exam. Examinees are required to provide the proctor with two pieces of Government issued ID. Virtual proctors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be scheduled “on demand”.
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The CCHP Certification exam is based on the National Occupational Standard for a HACCP Professional.
Number of Questions
CCHP is a virtually proctored exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions
Type of Questions
Each question has four (4) possible choices, with only one (1) correct answer. All choices are designed to be realistic, qualified candidates will need to read the choices carefully in order to be successful.
Length of Test
minimum of three (3) years practical work experience
No certification renewal required.
I believe, for our industry, this certification is very important because for us, as you know, we have a lot of language barriers, and a lot of people that have really good potential. These skills will help develop, better employees with an understanding of what we need and where we need to be to develop the best products for our customers.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No, you do not need to sign-up anywhere before purchasing an exam. An account will be created under your registered email address, AFTER your application gets approved by the FoodCert™ team.
You can refer to our prices here: http://foodcert.ca/store/. Our registration application will also show a price list, specific to the certification you are applying for. Please note, prices may be subject to change.
We accept all major payment methods:
- Credit Cards
- Master Card
You can find many helpful tools (specific to this exam) by clicking the resources link in the menu. We offer resources such as: Practice Exam, Study Guide, Handbook, and more.
Though the materials may differ based on the specific exam, we recommend having a high-speed Wi-Fi, working laptop, webcam, and pieces of government ID (for verification purposes).
All FoodCert™ notifications will be sent to the email address you use when filling out the exam application. This will be your official registered email address in our FoodCert™ database.
Do not worry! After successfully completing the last component of the certification, you should receive an official email from the FoodCert™ team asking you to confirm your mailing address. Be sure to include the one which is most accessible for you!
As we use Canada Post as our choice of delivery company, you can expect your package to reach you anytime between 2-5 business days (if local). Please note, we do not take responsibility for any unexpected delays due to any unavoidable external conditions (e.g., weather). Rest assured, we will do our best to make sure that your certification package reaches you safely and promptly!