Ongoing registration

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Registered Auditors and Mentors are required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. This includes a minimum requirement of 35 hours of appropriate CPD activities per annum using a balanced portfolio of activities.

Registered Food Auditors are also required to submit audit log annually prior to re-certification.

Extension to scope is free of charge during the annual revalidation time and £95 any other time. To apply for the new scopes please return the form below together with rest of the paperwork.

Re-registration, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements and Learning Activities

Registered Auditors and Mentors are required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. This includes a minimum requirement of 35 hours of appropriate CPD activities per annum using a balanced portfolio of activities.

CPD can be acquired through activities in the work-place environment, through professional activities, by formal education/training, by self-directed learning and by other methods. It should be stressed that the importance of CPD is the competence gained by the activity and certain methods of acquiring CPD are more effective than others. If you have a line manager in your business then it is usually them or your peers who assess whether you have gained the competency required by participating in the CPD activity. If you work alone it is you who assesses that competence gained (ie self certification). You will be required to submit sufficient, but appropriate evidence (eg course details, agendas of meetings, Certificates of attendance, receipts etc.) if possible ensuring that they are properly verified.

A balanced portfolio of CPD activities should include a selection of activities in at least 3 of the following categories:

  • Work-based learning
  • Professional activity
  • Formal / Educational
  • Self-directed learning
  • Other

This categorisation is based on the model provided by the Science Council for applicants for Chartered Scientist status (Examples of the classes and types of these activities are shown here). In all cases the list is not exhaustive and should be used as exemplar activities only.

Registered Auditors and Mentors are required to provide evidence of their CPD activities annually when they apply for continued registration. CPD evidence should be submitted to the IFST office annually at least 4 weeks before the date on the Registration Certificate. Applicants should use the CPD Record Form.

View an example of a completed CPD Record.

In addition, Registered Auditors must demonstrate continued competency in auditing practice by submitting a log detailing a minimum of 4 recent audits.

Where appropriate, in order to verify your CPD activity, please complete and print off the proforma, prior to attending each activity. After the activity, get the tutor/organiser to sign the proforma. All completed and signed proformas must be submitted with your CPD records, in order to provide the assessors with verification.

Extension to Scope

IFST Registered Auditors and Mentors can apply for an extension to the scope of their registered fields of operation when they have evidence of sufficient experience to prove competence in the new field(s).

Application to extend scope can be done at the time of the annual re-registration, in which case the annual re-registration fee will apply, or at any time in the year, in which case an additional extension to scope fee will apply.

Applicants should complete the IFST Register of Professional Auditors and Mentors Extension to Scope Form and provide detailed evidence of experience in support of the application.

Application to extend scope can be done at the time of the annual re-registration, in which case the annual re-registration fee will apply, or at any time in the year, in which case an additional extension to scope fee will apply.

Applicants should complete the IFST Register of Professional Auditors and Mentors Extension to Scope Form and provide detailed evidence of experience in support of the application.

CPD report template - all registers