Personnel Credentialing

ANAB accredits two types of personnel credentialing programs:

Certification Program

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.

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Certificate Program

Accreditation under this program is based on ANSI/ASTM E2659-18, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.

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.

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Food Handler Permit

If you are an individual seeking a Food Handlers Permit, or an ANAB-CFP accredited food protection manager certification,  Please seek an organization that can help you at: Food Handler Certificates


Food Handling

In the food-handling arena, ANAB accredits credentialing bodies:

ANAB-CFP Accreditation Program

This is a certification accreditation program for food protection managers based on the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) standard.

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Food Handler Certificates

ANAB accredits organizations providing food-handler training courses and certificates.

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Cannabis Certificate Program

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

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ANAB Apprenticeship Recognition Program (ARP)

ANAB evaluates and recognizes apprenticeship programs. This model connects career-seekers in a variety of industries with paid job training programs to attain necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. In addition, it connects employers with highly trained workers, creating a viable talent pool.

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