HACCP Auditor Certification (CHA) for a CQA?

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HACCP Auditor Certification (CHA) for a CQA?

Posted by Kirk Braggs on Jun 27, 2019 10:12 am

QA Supervisor here at a chemical manufacturing facility producing food-grade material.

My training objectives for this year include obtaining a CHA certification. However, I am nearing the end of the CQA training and will be ready to take the exam soon. I hold HACCP certification from NSF, and a PCQI as well so I have the HACCP piece covered for CHA. The CQA training will cover the auditing piece of the CHA certification.

My question is this: Is there any benefit to having both CHA and CQA certifications? The CQA training seems much more extensive from a quality perspective and would likely suffice for our purposes, and I already have enough knowledge and experience with HACCP to run our current food safety program. Perhaps there is some other benefit I have not considered. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks for your attention!

Re: HACCP Auditor Certification (CHA) for a CQA?

Posted by Paul Mignon on Jul 1, 2019 1:58 pm

Kirk – There are a couple of good reasons to have both certifications.  First off, I would wait to take the CHA until after January 1, 2020.  That will be the roll-out date for certification testing under the new Body of Knowledge (BoK) for this area.  The new BoK will include additional content surrounding Food Safety specifically, and some aspects of FSMA in particular.  The new certification will include all previous BoK content and will be called Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor (CFSQA).
The new CFSQA will specifically address food auditing and is a well-received credential to show regulators, suppliers, external auditors and peers that you’re not only a PCQI and HACCP certified, but are converse in the auditing of food safety systems whether internally or externally.  It will specifically address the “Qualified Auditor” requirement when a “supply chain applied control” audit is needed in 21 CFR 507.135 (for animal food) and 21 CFR 117.435 (for human food).  
And last of all, once you have a CFSQA you’ll be part of the team that develops BoK revisions, develops new test questions and evaluates the exam.
There will be additional announcements from ASQ this week.
Hope this helps.

Exemplar Global Food Safety Management Systems Auditor