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ANAB accredits two types of personnel credentialing programs:
Accreditation under this program is based upon ISO/IEC 17024 (Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons) or the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) Accreditation Standard for food protection managers.
Accreditation under this program is based on ANSI/ASTM E2659-18, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.
Accreditation under this program is based on ASTM D8403-21, Standard Practice For Certificate Programs Within The Cannabis And Hemp Industries, plus any additional state Responsible Vendor Training requirements
In all instances, ANAB’s accreditation process adheres to ISO/IEC 17011, the international standard defining quality third-party accreditation practices.
Certification and certificate are distinct terms. A certificate reflects completion of a training and/or education program and accomplishment of intended learning outcomes. Certificates are issued for life or for a specific time period, and cannot be revoked, which means they do not require ongoing maintenance or renewal. A certification reflects attainment of established criteria for proficiency or competency in a profession or occupation, and is granted upon an assessment of an individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. Certification is valid for a specific time period. A certification program has ongoing requirements for maintaining proficiency or competency, and can be revoked if ongoing requirements are not met.
In the food-handling arena, ANAB accredits two types of credentialing bodies:
This is a certification accreditation program for food protection managers based on the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) standard.
ANAB accredits organizations providing food-handler training courses and certificates.
Please note: If you are an individual seeking an accredited food protection manager certification, ANAB does not issue certificates.
Please seek an organization that can help you here: Food Handler Certificates
The U.S. Department of Labor has approved ANAB as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE). SREs evaluate and recognize Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) consistent with the Department’s rigorous standards. The IRAP model connects career-seekers in a variety of industries with paid job training programs to attain necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. In addition, the IRAP model connects employers with highly trained workers, creating a viable talent pool.