The newest Certified Food Scientists (CFS) were honored and recognized at IFT17 during the annual CFS Networking Breakfast and Celebration on Monday morning. The event was a way for credential holders to network and get the latest updates on the program. IFT President John Coupland and International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) Chair Brenda Knapp-Polzin—already Certified Food Scientists—were on hand to personally congratulate the newest professionals to join the ranks.
IFSCC is the independent, third-party certification body within IFT that oversees the testing, governance, and policymaking of the CFS program. With the last testing window, the number of Certified Food Scientists has now grown to more than 1,900 from 55 countries.
“The Certified Food Scientist program plays an important role for the profession by helping both professionals and their organizations raise the visibility of food science” said Knapp-Polzin. “On behalf of IFSCC, I would like to congratulate newest Certified Food Scientists as well as those certified before them for their commitment to the profession and lifelong learning.”
The CFS certification program recognizes a professional’s knowledge and applied skills in the science of food. In order to obtain a CFS, a candidate must meet the and successfully pass a rigorous exam. The program itself complements both academic and work experience, and ultimately, helps demonstrate the profession’s commitment to safe, nutritious, and plentiful food for consumers. The credential was designed to meet standards of internationally-recognized certification programs—the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17024 standard for personnel certification programs.
To learn more about how CFS can benefit your organization and career, and to get tips on how to prepare, attend the CFS Info Session today, Tuesday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the CFS lounge (room Marco Polo 806). Additionally, current Certified Food Scientists are encouraged to attend the CFS Maintenance and Renewal Info Session today at 3:00 p.m., also in the CFS Lounge.