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Implementing SQF Systems Course

About SQF

The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program is an integrated food safety and quality management system administered by the SQF Institute recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an organization representing more than 70% of food retail worldwide. The SQF Program, consisting of the SQF Code, Edition 9.0, applies to all sectors of the food industry, from primary production to distribution. The Program focuses on the benefits to both industry and consumers, whereby improved product quality enhances marketability and profitability.

For food suppliers, SQF certification provides assurance that food safety plans have been implemented in agreement with HACCP and relevant regulatory requirements and have proven effective to manage food safety. It is also a statement of the supplier’s commitment to produce safe, quality food, comply with the requirements of the SQF Code, and comply with applicable food legislation.

Canadian College of Food and Health (CCFH) offers both in-class and online training courses on Implementing SQF Systems.


Why take SQF training?

Today’s consumers are more educated on the food they are providing their families and requiring increased food safety assurance, which increases demand for the retailers and service providers to request suppliers to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. SQF Code Edition 9.0 ( is the international food safety standard preferred by many of the world's leading retailers and food service companies, and is recognized under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The SQF systems provide assurance to end customers that the food produced, prepared and handled by the food supplier is of the highest possible standards.

For food suppliers, the training course will equip your employees with SQF knowledge; and your company achieving SQF certification provides assurance that your products retain a high degree of acceptance in the market.

For employees, the SQF certificate training is absolutely of interest to individuals who are preparing to meet the SQF Practitioner requirements as defined in the SQF Code, Edition 9.0, who desire a detailed knowledge base for the successful implementation and maintenance of the SQF systems, or who wish to step into the promising food industry.


Course Description

Provided by SQF licensed trainers, this course is designed to provide an individual with understanding of the SQF Code, Edition 9.0 in order to meet the SQF Practitioner requirements and be ready for the Implementing SQF Systems examination to be designated as an SQF Practitioner. It also provides a detailed knowledge base to participants to facilitate the successful implementation and maintenance of the SQF systems.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the SQF Code, Edition 9.0 format, food sector categories and sector applicable modules
  • Understand requirements for SQF practitioners and SQF consultants
  • Describe the differences between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 of SQF certification
  • Identify the SQF System elements and mandatory requirements
  • Implement, manage and maintain SQF Systems
  • Develop, validate and verify the elements of food safety and quality plans and the SQF Systems
  • Know how to prepare for the SQF certification audit

To ensure an optimal learning experience and full benefit from this course, an understanding of the application of HACCP principles is mandatory for all participants.

Upon the successful completion of this training, the participant will achieve the Implementing SQF Systems certificate issued by CCFH.