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Implementing SQF Systems Course

The first step in achieving SQF certification is to clearly understand the SQF Code requirements. Oftentimes growers, processors and manufacturers already have in place many of the food safety and quality programs found in the Code, but an additional assessment must be made to identify any gaps to be sure they are fully protecting their product. Continue reading about this course here



Advanced Practitioner Course

The SQF Advanced Practitioner Course is designed for the current SQF practitioner seeking further information on how to improve and maintain the supplier’s SQF System. Through activity-based instruction, the course provides the tools practitioners need to use the internal audit program to manage, maintain and enhance the site’s SQF System; harness the corrective action/preventive action process to identify trends and build continuous improvement; communicate with senior management to more fully define the site’s commitment to food safety; and develop and prioritize key performance indicators to assure continuous improvement of the SQF System.

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SQF Training Center FAQs

How does SQF differ from other food safety certification programs?


•The SQF Program offers many unique features that ensure trust and consistency in the auditing process and greater oversight of auditing activities conducted by companies and individuals operating on behalf of the SQF Institute.

•SQF is the only program, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that is headquartered outside of Europe.

•SQFI provides complimentary copies of the SQF codes and free, comprehensive practical guidance to assist in the implementation of SQF systems.

•SQF is the only GFSI recognized standard that provides a separate, unique approach to incorporating a Quality certification component.

•Improves process management by helping to proactively identify and manage risk so as to avoid stock recoveries, market withdrawals and rework.

•SQF offers comprehensive and consistent training that upholds the integrity of the Program.

TUV USA is a Licensed SQF Training Center

Ralf Thomson, Managing Director and Vice President System Certification, Food & Agriculture Region, The Americas






TUV USA, Inc., has earned the status of licensed training center for the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program. SQF is owned by the Food Marketing Institute.


The SQF program is a leading global food safety and quality certification program and management system designed to meet the needs of buyers, manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. The program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled in accordance with globally accepted food safety standards.

"TUV USA, Inc. is proud to become a licensed SQF Training Center," said Ralf Thomsen, Managing Director of TUV USA, Inc. and VP System Certification, Food & Agriculture Region, The Americas. "This is our next step towards better supporting the food industry's compliance of the Global Food Safety Initiative's (GFSI) recognized food safety programs, and continuing TUV USA's commitment to providing food safety solutions to our customers."

TUV USA, Inc. will be hosting monthly SQF classes at various locations around the country, including Chicago, Orlando, Boston and Georgia beginning in August of 2017. Classes on the West Coast and in South America will be coming soon. Classes are open to all. For more information, contact TUV USA’s Academy at 844-488-8872 or via e-mail at



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Katie Lehoullier

TUV Academy Training Coordinator

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Katie Lehoullier joined the TUV USA team in 2016 as Administrative Office Support. Katie assists in the development of TUV USA’s Academy Division as the Academy Training Coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology.