Knowledge Exam

The Knowledge Exam is taken in a “virtually proctored” environment. A quick installation of the YouTestMe online software monitors the examinee via a webcam as he/she completes the exam. Examinees are required to provide two pieces of Government issued ID for verification purposes.

The testing and proctoring services hosted through YouTestMe provides an easy and quick way to get setup for the examination, and allows you to administer the exam at your own time.

The quick video below explains how to get setup for our online examinations:

For the purposes of this exam, all forms of ID must include a photo and your full name, examples include the following;

• Registered driver’s license

• Passport

• Citizenship, Permanent Resident, Immigration/ Refugee Card – must have a picture to be valid

• Age of majority card

• For questions relating to acceptable forms of ID, please contact foodcert@fpsc-ctac.com; all discrepancies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.



What is Online Proctoring?

Online proctoring allows examinees to take their online exam from a quiet and distraction-free location, like their home, closed office, library, the location provided by the employer, etc.

The online certification platform helps students schedule their exam, successfully complete their online examination while at home, and test their technological components (webcam, microphone, etc).



What are the benefits of Online Proctoring?

• Taking the exam online without having to travel to a testing centre location

• Greater flexibility for shift workers, online exam appointments available 7 days a week

• 24-hour support for students and testing administrators

• Minimal time away from work

• Automated proctoring (simple software install required)

• Once registered, all virtual proctoring requirements will be sent to approved candidates.



What Can I Expect During My Exam?

Do not bring devices not being used to submit your exam, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and smartwatches into your test.

You’ll be answering different types of questions during your exam, such as:

• Multiple Choice – Single answer

• Multiple Choice – More than one correct answer

• Multiple Choice – Specific Number of Submitted Answers

• Fill-in-the-Blank – One correct answer

• Fill-in-the-Blank – More than one correct answer

• Ranking

• Matching

• True/False



Each exam uses different types of questions, and you may see some — or all — of these question types during your test.

Prior to starting your exam, you’ll learn how much time you have to complete the test, depending on the certification, and what score you’ll need to achieve to pass your exam.



What Kind of Candidate Support Can I Expect?

Food Processing Skills Canada (FPSC) will support candidates via phone or email in:

• Answering questions about the certification, application, eligibility and enrollment processes

• Providing guides and practice examinations

• Identifying study resources to prepare for the exam

• Ensuring accommodation for diverse needs when taking the exam

• Informing in-progress candidates of updates to programs and encouraging them to complete the process


Phone: 613-237-7988

Toll Free: 1-877-963-7472

Email: foodcert@fpsc-ctac.com



What Happens After I Complete the Exam?

Your exam score will be shown on your screen immediately after you’ve completed your exam. If you’ve passed the exam, you will receive a congratulatory email from FPSC with instructions on how to access your record.

Please make sure that you keep records of the following:

• Your score report with your exam registration number and instructions on how to access your record

• The email address that you used to register for your exam

• You will need this information to be able to log in to your certification account.



What Happens if I Do Not Pass my Exam?

Don’t give up! It’s not the end of your certification path, you can take your exam again. Here are some ideas how to prepare for your retake:

• Keep your score report to understand in which areas you are doing well in and which areas need improvement. Focus your study on these areas.

• Use the Study Guide to address your knowledge gaps.

• When you’re ready and feel confident about what you’ve learned, purchase a voucher and schedule your exam.



Technical Requirements

The examinee is required to have a webcam installed on their exam workstation and reliable access to the Internet. An internet connection disruption will suspend the test session. The following are minimum technical requirements:

• A good working computer with 1 GB of RAM or higher

• A high-speed internet connection (3MBps). Wireless is acceptable; however, a wired connection is preferred

• A webcam with 640x480 video pixel resolution (a laptop camera is acceptable)

• Working speakers connected to the computer

• A microphone connected to the computer (consider a webcam with a built-in microphone)

• Flash player version 7 or higher

• Browser compatibility: IE (recommended), Firefox, Chrome, Safari



Work Experience Portfolio Form

Candidates will be required to fill out a record of information on relevant experience including employment history, professional voluntary activities, and completed education and training.

Note: To meet the work experience requirements, candidates must demonstrate a designated range (in years) of relevant work experience within a specific period of time (E.g: past 5 years).

Work experience can be in the food processing field, in a related profession, or in a similar role in which they can demonstrate relevant experience.


Candidates must demonstrate that their experience was acquired by:

• Work Experience - Minimum 70% of the experience total must come from paid work experience.

All work experience may come from paid employment; however, candidates may also demonstrate additional experience in the following areas, up to the indicated maximum contribution of their total.

• Volunteer Experience - Maximum 10%

• Formal Education / Academic Studies – Maximum 10%

• Other Credentials and Training - Maximum 10%

• Research – Maximum 5%


This includes any experience gained from paid employment, volunteer experience (including co-op, intern or other unpaid work terms), formal education or other training, and should reflect the scope of practice as outlined in the Core Competency Profile.

1. Complete, sign and submit form to the Registrar:

a. Accepted methods of submission: Only accepting electronic submissions of this form via email, the form may be filled out electronically or by hand and scanned in.

b. Labelling the Work Experience Portfolio: To ensure that all applications are received and processed without error, the submission of the Work Experience Portfolio file must be properly labelled. Use the name of the document, followed by your full name. Example: “Work Experience Portfolio John Smith”

c. Where to submit: Email to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@fphrc.ca

2. FPHRC Registrar will verify submission:

a. Determine if sufficient information is provided by candidate

b. Determine if minimum work experience is achieved. This may involve verifying information for authenticity. The Registrar may contact you for additional information or clarity.

3. Candidate will receive notification of result: approved, declined, or incomplete.



Performance Assessment

This section is only applicable for certifications that include a Performance Assessment component; such as the Canadian Certified Industrial Meat Cutter (CCIMC) – Level 1 certification.

The Performance Assessment will be conducted by trained in-house evaluators using smartphone, tablet or digital camera, (e.g. Go Pro) technology to record candidates carrying out the tasks and a digital interface to upload the videos, and complete the checklists, enter observations and auto-fill the performance summary score.

Candidates must achieve the passing score for each section of the performance evaluation for the applicable certification. Applicants successful in the Knowledge Exam will receive instructions from their In-House Evaluator and FPSC regarding the next steps for the Performance Assessment.



What Does it Take for me to Become an In-House Evaluator?

Individuals who wish to become Performance Evaluators for any certification must meet the following criteria:

• Working within the facility, may be the direct supervisor or co-worker of the candidates;

• Must have completed the online knowledge exam portion of the certification they would like to become an evaluator for;

• Must have taken the Evaluator Webinar/Course with FPSC.

• Any other applicable conditions as stated in the certification handbook.