The Institute of Food Technologists has launched the Certified Food Scientist program.
Through the program, food scientists will be formally recognized for their experience and expertise so they can distinguish themselves throughout their professional careers, according to a news release.
The program will also assist employers in identifying, hiring and retaining talent and meeting demand for knowledgeable food scientists throughout the food system.
The program will not only provide credentials to food scientists, it will:
- Demonstrate commitment to safe and quality foods for consumers
- Reinforce the institute’s commitment to ensuring a strong talent pipeline to meet the scientific needs of the food science and technology community
- Promote lifelong learning to complement both academic learning and work experience
- Generate greater awareness of the food science profession
- Build a foundation for ethical standards that will benefit the entire profession
To become a certified food scientist, a food professional must complete an application and meet certain eligibility requirements, according to the release.
These include one of the following:
- MS or doctorate in food science, food science concentration or global equivalent plus two years full-time food science experience
- BS in food science, food science concentration or global equivalent with three years full-time food science experience
- MS or doctorate in related science or global equivalent with four years full-time food science experience
- BS in related science or global equivalent with six years of full-time food science experience
The Certified Food Scientist certification exam will take place in February 2013. For more details on the program, visit www.ift.org/certification.