Institute to certify food scientists

09/28/2012 02:25:00 PM
Kayla Banzet

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 also will assist employers in identifying, hiring and retaining talent and meeting demand for knowledgeable food scientists throughout the food system, according to a news release.

Among other things, the program:

  •  provides credentials to food scientists;
  •  generates greater awareness of the food science profession; and
  •  builds a foundation for ethical standards.

According to the release, these are the requirements to become a certified food scientist:

  •  master’s degree or doctorate in food science, food science concentration or global equivalent plus two years of fulltime food science experience; or
  •  bacelor’s degree in food science, food science concentration or global equivalent with three years of fulltime food science experience; or
  •  master’s degree or doctorate in related science or global equivalent with four years of fulltime food science experience; or
  •  bacelor’s degree in related science or global equivalent with six years of fulltime food science experience.

The Certified Food Scientist certification exam is in February. For more details, visit www.ift.org/certification.



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