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3-A SSI Announces Accreditation Exam for Certified Conformance Evaluators

McLEAN, Virginia - Applications are now available from 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) for candidates interested in obtaining 3-A SSI Certified Conformance Evaluator (CCE) accreditation. Those who meet application requirements will be eligible to sit for the accreditation exam on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - Mall of America in Bloomington, MN in conjunction with the 3-A SSI 2022 education program and annual meeting. 

The CCE designation is required for those wishing to conduct Third Party Verification (TPV) inspections for reporting conformity of food processing equipment to 3-A Sanitary Standards and Accepted Practices.  

A TPV inspection is required for equipment manufacturers, equipment resellers, and process system installations to obtain, renew, or amend a 3-A Symbol Authorization, Process Certification or Replacement Parts & System Components Qualification Certification.

The basic qualification criteria for an individual to become a CCE include:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in science or engineering plus three years of experience in relevant food or pharmaceutical processing.  One year of the three years of general experience must be directly related to 3-A Sanitary Standards-covered equipment design or sanitary processes; or
  • High School graduation plus five years of experience in relevant food or pharmaceutical processing. Three of the five years of general experience must be directly related to 3-A Sanitary Standards-covered equipment design or sanitary processes

Beyond the basic education and experience requirements, all CCE candidates must have the ability to review and evaluate complex processes, demonstrate knowledge of the types of equipment and processes to which 3-A Sanitary Standards or Accepted Practices are applied, and to interpret 3-A Sanitary Standards or Accepted Practices as well as engineering drawings and designs. CCE candidates must also have knowledge of 3-A Sanitary Standards, Accepted Practices and must provide references attesting to the candidate's work experience and integrity.

Complete details about the requirements for obtaining and maintaining the CCE credential are shown in Criteria for Certified Conformance Evaluators available on the 3-A SSI website at https://www.3-a.org/CCE-Resources/Certified-Conformance-Evaluator-Program.  A copy of the application for the upcoming CCE examination is available upon written request from Eric Schweitzer at erics@3-a.org

Complete CCE application packages must be received by 3-A SSI no later close of business Thursday, March 31, 2022.  Candidates meeting the application requirements will be eligible to sit for the accreditation exam scheduled for the morning of Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

A non-refundable application fee of $475 is payable by check to 3-A SSI.  This fee covers the Application, CCE Exam Fee and the applicant’s first-year accreditation fee.

Event registration is not required for CCE candidates to sit for the accreditation exam.

Candidates passing the written exam will be eligible to become a CCE.  For more details, contact Eric Schweitzer at (703) 790-0295, ext. 1 or erics@3-a.org.

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