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Details for training centers approved for performing PrimusGFS specific training are noted below. (This does not include generic training such as Lead Assessor, HACCP, Pesticides etc.)

Key Points
  • Training centers are approved by the PrimusGFS scheme to perform formal certificated training.
  • Trainer centers use approved PrimusGFS trainers.
  • There are two courses available:
    • PrimusGFS Standard (3 days) - mandated for auditors, optional for auditees.
    • PrimusGFS Auditor Training Day (1 day) - mandated for auditors.
  • Training center courses are targeted toward auditor training. Auditees and other interested parties’ attendance at PrimusGFS Standard training is optional; this training may help auditees understand the PrimusGFS scheme general regulations and auditing standard, and aid in the auditing process.
  • The training courses are not designed to teach food safety; rather, they are designed to explain how the scheme works and how the standard is applied. If food safety training is required, attendees are encouraged to seek out formal safety training on specific topics (e.g. HACCP).
  • Training examines all sections of the PrimusGFS standard, Food Safety Management Systems, GAP, GMP, HACCP and Preventive Controls.
  • Training centers can offer training in English and/or Spanish.
  • Training center fees are set by the training center. PrimusGFS bills the training centers directly a fee of $25/day of training/trainee that is to be certificated.
  • For a full listing of training events please Check
Calendar of Events

Approved Training Centers

Becoming a Training Center

Training companies seeking approval as PrimusGFS training centers should contact the PrimusGFS scheme for more details, copies of specific training center/trainer SOP’s and copies of current application/licensing documentation.

Some points to consider in regard to becoming an approved training center:
  1. Proof of company legal status, details of company ownership, and company organization chart, including roles and responsibilities.
  2. Signed application form (available from PrimusGFS) and enrollment fee of $4,000.
  3. Signed license agreement (form available from PrimusGFS).
  4. Proof of at least a $250,000 (US) liability/errors and omissions insurance. Policy to be supplied at the time of application and updates provided on an annual basis.
  5. Training centers must utilize PrimusGFS scheme trainers only.
  6. Training centers must agree to scheme training shadows on an occasional basis.
  7. Training center requirements will change from time to time due to changes derived from the PrimusGFS scheme, GFSI and the CB accreditation standards.

Becoming a Trainer

Experienced food safety professionals with third party auditing history who wish to become approved trainers should contact the PrimusGFS Scheme for more details, copies of trainer SOP’s, and copies of current application/licensing documentation.

Some points to consider in regard to becoming an approved trainer include:
  1. Providing a detailed resume that shows level of education, food safety experience, third party auditor experience (at least 3 years), training experience, membership of professional organizations and any other pertinent details. Note trainers must have at least the same level of education, training and experience requirements as an auditor ( see current general regulations for further details).
  2. Trainers must be witnessed, assessed and sponsored by at least one approved training center.
  3. Trainers that also audit must ensure they do not audit companies where they have provided any form of corporate (as opposed to public training) training or consulting in the last 3 years.
  4. Trainers will be expected to sign a PrimusGFS training etiquette agreement which is provided upon formal application to become a trainer.
  5. Trainers must agree to scheme training shadows on an occasional basis.
  6. Trainer requirements will change from time to time due to changes derived from the PrimusGFS Scheme, GFSI and the CB accreditation standards.