The WFSO®-FPL certification program is working to meet the requirements for certifying a Person in Charge (as referenced in FDA Food Code 2017, Section2-102.20) as well as providing the validation of global best practices in food safety protection and leadership in an establishment.
A Person in Charge demonstrates their knowledge as a food protection manager by earning certification through an approved food protection manager certification program. An approved program conforms to the Conference for Food Protection standards, has been evaluated, and listed by a Conference for Food Protection-recognized accrediting agency.
The purpose of the WFSO®-FPL certification examination is to assess whether a candidate has the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for competent practice as an entry-level WFSO®-FPL (as defined by industry standards and in line with the mission of the WFSO®-FPL certification program).
A high-quality credentialing program must follow certain logically sound and legally defensible procedures. WFSO® partnered with Scantron Corporation (Scantron), an assessment solutions company, to ensure the WFSO-FPL examination adheres to standards outlined in federal regulation (Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures) and manuals such as Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (published by the American Educational Research Association, 1999).
The WFSO® – FPL Certification Exam is an English-only, proctored, closed book exam with 90 questions. 79 questions will be graded with an additional 11 pilot questions that are for research purposes only. Questions are multiple choice with four options for each question. There is only one correct answer presented in each question. The exam is only available via computer. Paper copies are not offered. The examination is timed to 2 hours.
The WFSO®-FPL certification exam is open to all candidates.
The WFSO® recommends:
- Candidates have a form of food safety training
- and/or food service industry experience prior to taking the examination.
Further, the WFSO specifically recommends the completion of the
- 8-hour Essentials of Food Hygiene training course
- 4-hour Food Protection Leader Exam Preparation Course
provided by the WFSO®
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If you feel you are not eligible to take the exam and require additional training, please check out the WFSO Training Options.