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AMSA Meat Industry Certifications

The American Meat Science Association is proud to offer the Food Safety & Science Certification, Culinary Meat Selection & Cookery Certification and Meat Evaluation Certification, all designed to verify individuals are prepared to enter all facets of the food industry, including fields related to the meat animal industry. Learners can earn these certifications in all stages of their education and career. The certifications allow employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jump-starting individuals’ careers.

Food Safety & Science Certification

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the food safety field is expected to grow at a rate of 27 percent over the next decade. In 2016 alone, more than 21 million people were employed in food safety, fraud and security jobs, which accounted for over 11 percent of total U.S. employment.

Meeting the Industry Need
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.

Industry Standards

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

Food Chemistry Principles
Food Handling, Packaging & Storage Procedures
Food Safety & Sanitation Methods
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems

“Our partnership with CEV 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 CEV to ensure high quality, accurate, science-based training materials for the food safety certification.” 
Deidrea Mabry, M.S.
Associate Executive Director
American Meat Science Association

Culinary Meat Selection & Cookery Certification

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1.6 million new restaurant jobs will be created by 2028.

 

Meeting the Industry Need
The certification validates fluency in culinary techniques, food safety, meat selection and retail cut identification. Those who earn the certification are more qualified to begin a career within the restaurant and culinary industries. 

Industry Standards

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

Culinary Foundations
Meat Science & Food Safety Principles
Meat & Poultry Overview
Beef Grading Procedures
Retail Cut Identification

“For students looking to start a career in the culinary arts, this new certification provides a viable path towards a successful and rewarding career in the culinary industry.” 
Deidrea Mabry, M.S.
Associate Executive Director
American Meat Science Association

Meat Evaluation Certification

According to the North American Meat Institute, the meat and poultry industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. It is broadly responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in wages. An estimated 527,019 people have jobs in production and packing, importing operations, sales, packaging and direct distribution of meat and poultry products.

Meeting the Industry Need
The certification validates knowledge and skills in meat carcass quality grading, meat handling and food safety. Those who earn the certification are more qualified to begin a career in the meat industry, which includes production and processing.

Industry Standards
The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:
Meat Science Principles
Animal Harvesting Procedures
Carcass & Cuts Evaluation
USDA Beef Grading
Retail Cut Fabrication & Identification

"All of the [American Meat Science Association] membership is interested in trying to find ways to make up the shortage that we presently have in the United States for meat scientists..."
Deidrea Mabry, M.S.
Associate Executive Director
American Meat Science Association


 
 

Why We Created These Certifications

We work closely with professionals in the food, culinary and meat science fields to provide leadership, education and professional development. Because of our knowledge and passion for the food and meat science industries, we take great responsibility in developing the future workforce of these fields. We see individuals in production, retail and consumption who would be better equipped if they had the opportunity to be educated on meat and food science, and these certifications are a way to ensure a workforce of safe, knowledgeable and skilled employees.

Testing Platform
AMSA utilizes iCEV, a division of CEV Multimedia, as the certification testing platform. As the testing platform, iCEV fulfills the following responsibilities:

  • Provides secure testing technology for certification exams
  • Regulates testing environment
  • Works with secondary and post-secondary academic institutions, workforce development associations and the public-at-large to offer certification options for career advancement
  • Provides certification verification to employers for potential job applicants
  • Offers optional study-guide material

Have Questions? Interested in Becoming Certified?

Contact:
Kelli Neuman
Director of Business & Industry Partnerships
CEV Multimedia
806.748.8736
kelli.neuman@cevmultimedia.com

 

 

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