Am I eligible to be a Registered Food Safety Technician?

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Registered Food Safety Technician (RFoodSTech) is the entry level of the the four stages in IFST's Register of Food Safety Professionals.

As a RFoodSTech your role might typically be as an On-line Quality Controller, CCP operator or Hygiene Team Supervisor, where you will be accountable for specific food safety actions.

Your responsibilities are likely to include specific functions relating to GMP and GHP and contributing to the fundamental building blocks on which any Quality Assurance plan depends.

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Qualifications & Experience

We will accept applicants from the food and related industries with a wide range of qualifications and food safety experience. You may also meet our requirements by a combination of work based learning and other qualifications. You will also need to become a member of IFST (if you are not already).

You will typically be qualified to QCF level 3 (A' level) in a relevant subject, plus introductory (level 2) HACCP/Food Safety certificate with at least 2 years' experience related to the food industry involving work in food safety within manufacturing, retailing, agriculture, assessment or enforcement, including 1year experience at the level applied for.

EXAMPLE PATHWAYS TO REGISTRATION

These examples are meant to guide you on the timescales likely to be taken for you to achieve registration. Due to the large number of different qualifications and combinations that are available it is impossible to be absolutely prescriptive. Your application will be considered by a team of assessors who will evaluate your qualifications and the competencies you have demonstrated. If your qualifications aren’t shown below, they will be considered by the assessors on a case-by-case basis.

  • Three A levels (in Scotland Advanced Highers) in food technology or other science subjects and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification plus 2 years post qualification experience in a relevant role
  • BTEC National Diploma (renamed Extended Diploma from 2012) in Applied Science and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification plus 2 years experience in a relevant role. Up to 1 year work experience gained whilst working towards the qualification can count towards this
  • NVQ level 3 or SVQ 3 in a relevant science based subject and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification plus 2 years experience in a relevant role. Up to 1 year work experience gained whilst working towards the qualification can count towards this
  • Foundation degree or Higher National Diploma in food science or technology and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification plus 1 years experience in a relevant role. Work experience gained as part of your qualification can count towards this
  • Degree in a relevant subject and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification, plus 1 years experience in a relevant role. Work experience gained as part of your qualification can count towards this
  • Non-scientific and qualifications below level 3 (in Scotland level 6) plus 5 years experience in a relevant role and a Level 2 (Introductory) HACCP qualification

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

You will also need to demonstrate your personal commitment to highest professional standards by continually and actively maintaining and enhancing your knowledge and skills throughout your career. You will be required to renew your registration every 3 years by demonstrating that you are still professionally active and that you have engaged in CPD. IFST has adopted a set of standards for Continuing Professional Development. These are similar to those adopted by other science based professional bodies, including members of the Science Council and the Health Professions Council. A wide range of activities can contribute to your CPD. It is for you to recognise needs and opportunities both inside and outside your workplace and to take advantage of learning experiences to developing your own CPD programme.

Competencies

The professional skills and attributes that you are expected to demonstrate – through a combination of knowledge and experience – are set out in 5 key areas:

Application of knowledge & understanding

Your post qualification experience will be expected to demonstrate you have these competencies:
Generic competencies
Food safety knowledge

Identify and use relevant scientific understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address well defined problems:

  • Apply knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work
  • Review and select appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks
  • Interpret and evaluate data and make sound judgements in relation to scientific concepts

 

 

K1. Knowledge of the basic requirements for microbial growth, the difference between micro-organisms and pathogens, sources of pathogens in food production and the principal methods for control applied within a food factory.

K2. Knowledge of non-microbiological hazards, their sources and methods for control within a food factory.

K3. Knowledge of the concept of Critical Control Points, their importance and how these are managed within a food production operation i.e. monitoring against a Critical Limit and taking corrective action where appropriate.

K4. Knowledge of good practices/pre-requisite programmes used to prevent contamination of foods within the factory and methods used for monitoring effectiveness.

K5. Knowledge of methods of sampling, the importance of correct sampling and suitable tests for determining the food safety status of foods within storage, processing and distribution.

K6. Knowledge of the requirements for completing food safety records and the implications of poor record keeping.

K7. Knowledge of the tests undertaken in the factory, the reasons for the tests performed and the actions required to be taken in the event of adverse findings.

K8. Knowledge of inspection procedures required within the factory, and the reasons for the use of inspection.

K9. Knowledge of how to confirm the calibration of all measuring devices in the factory / laboratory

Professional practice

Your post qualification experience will be expected to demonstrate you have these competencies:
Generic competencies
Food safety practice

Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods:

  • Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement

P1. Experience of undertaking test procedures to ensure that test equipment and methods will deliver an accurate result in use

P2. Experience of undertaking food safety related tests or checks against a testing schedule and recording findings.

P3. Experience of evaluating food safety related test or check results against expected outcomes and effectively communicating resultant issues

P4. Experience of dealing effectively with identified food safety issues within the remit of the job role.

P5. Experience of undertaking inspections within the factory, reporting results clearly and assisting with ensuring resolution of the issues in a timely manner.

Personal responsibility

Exercise personal responsibility in planning and implementing tasks according to prescribed protocols

  • Work consistently and effectively with minimal supervision to appropriate standards and protocols
  • Manage and apply safe working practices
  • Accept responsibility for the quality of work of self and others
  • Take responsibility for completing tasks and procedures as well as using judgement within defined parameters
Interpersonal skills

Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and behavioural skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others
Commitment to professional standards

Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards

  • Comply with IFST's Code of Professional Conduct
  • Maintain and enhance knowledge, understanding and competence in your own area of practice through continuing professional development

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