Become a Certified Proctor
What is a proctor?
In order for us to maintain our accreditation with all health authorities, our program must contain two components: training (online or in-class) and a certification exam. All food safety exams must be invigilated by a Proctor certified by our organization. The proctor is there to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed.
What do proctors actually do?
Many things need to happen before, during and after an Exam, in order for the results to be valid and certification approved. Below are two condensed lists of tasks required of a proctor for either exam format.
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Additionally, all proctors are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the exams and exam results.
Some proctors will also be responsible for receipt and distribution of certification documents, once they have been processed by our administration team.
As a Certified Proctor, there are certain tasks and activities that you may NOT do:
- teach the program (only Certified Trainers may teach the program);
- provide guidance or direction to a test taker struggling with a question;
- leave the room during the exam;
- keep or make any copies of the Exam question booklets;
- proctor a family member (or member of your household).
If you have any questions pertaining to these roles and responsibilties, please contact our office at 1-888-829-3177 prior to submitting your application.
Who can become a proctor?
The list below outlines the criteria used to determine eligibility to become a Certified Proctor:
- Must be of legal age (i.e. 19 years or older);
- Must have a computer, internet access and and valid e-mail account;
- Have basic knowledge of computers;
- Must not have a vested interest in the outcome of the exam.
It is also recommended that applications should be a member of a profession such as health inspectors, teachers, librarians, government employees or chefs; however, these are not the only positions that may become proctors.
Please note: We reserve the right to reject applications for those who suspect they will invigilate fewer than 10 people per year.
Steps to Become a Certified Proctor
The steps involved in becoming a proctor are fairly simple:
- Complete the application.
- Wait for approval.
- Complete the Proctor Agreement.
- Complete the payment for the administration fee.*
- Receive credentials and instructions for proctoring NFSTP exams.
* The administration fee is $100 (plus applicable taxes). This covers the cost of administrative processes to set up proctors on all of our systems. Proctors have special privileges at the FoodSafetyMarket online store, and the FSM Campus.
Proctor cerification is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, the proctor's history will be reviewed, and a new agreement and administration fee will be required to maintain status.