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AMSA Food Safety & Science Certification

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Food Safety & Science Certification verifies individuals possess an in-depth knowledge of food safety procedures and standards necessary to thrive in the food industry.


Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by AMSA, an internationally-known organization with a membership of more than 2,000 meat scientists. AMSA represents major university research institutions and prominent meat processing companies, such as Tyson Foods, Cargill, and Maple Leaf Foods.

The certification validates the expertise and skills needed to enter the meat and food industries. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to begin a variety of food handling, food storage, and food safety careers. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jumpstarting individuals’ careers.


Discover job opportunities aligned with the skills acquired through this certification.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the food safety field is expected to grow at a rate of 6 – 8% over the next decade, a faster average than all other occupations.

Related Occupations

  • Food Scientists & Technologists
  • Food Science Technicians
  • Food Prep Workers

Industry Standards

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following weighted industry standards:


Food Chemistry Principles
  • Chemical Properties of Food
  • Chemical Changes Related to Cooking & Food Processing
  • Food Production Processes



Food Handling, Packaging & Storage Procedures
  • Sanitary Food Handling Practices
  • Food Packaging Regulations
  • Cold Food Storage Methods
  • Food Additives
  • Food Preservation Techniques
  • Food Packaging & Labeling Guidelines



Food Safety & Sanitation Methods
  • Workplace Safety Procedures
  • Food Industry Inspections
  • Foodborne Illness Prevention Strategies
  • Sanitation Procedures
  • Sanitation Laws & Regulations



Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems
  • Hazards in Food Processing
  • Hazard Analysis Process
  • Critical Control Points Identification
  • Establishing Critical Limits
  • Monitoring of Critical Limits
  • Methods for Taking Corrective Actions
  • Establishing Verification Procedures
  • Recordkeeping Procedures



Optional Cert Prep


Optional Certification Preparation Materials

The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.

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Certifications give learners an opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge to potential employers. Discover the value industry leaders see in these certifications.

About the American Meat Association

The American Meat Science Association is a broad-reaching organization of individuals that discovers, develops and disseminates its collective meat science knowledge to provide leadership, education and professional development. Their passion is to help meat science professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance and reach even higher goals. They accomplish this by fostering a learning community of meat scientists, industry partners, outside thought leaders and other stakeholders who embrace this vision. Its members conduct basic and applied research and education programs in muscle growth and development, meat quality, food safety, processing technology and consumer and marketing issues relevant to the international meat industry.

"Our partnership with iCEV is a strategic part of the American Meat Science Association’s efforts to recruit and equip the next generation of meat scientists. Our member scientists have worked closely with iCEV to ensure high quality, accurate, science-based training materials."

Deidrea Mabry, M.S.
Chief Operating Officer
American Meat Science Association


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