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FaBsafe Certificate
The FaBsafe Certificate® is a strategic response to the talent shortage facing food and beverage manufacturers, and the food safety training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certifications. This certificate was developed by FaB Wisconsin and led by our Food Safety and Talent Committees.

FSMA requires that all persons in a food or beverage manufacturing facility (regardless of position) have documented annual food safety training. FaBsafe offers a foundation of training and an annual renewal to assist in your compliance.

Learn more about the development of the certificate here


 We’ve worked hard to be sure the FaBsafe Certificate® is:

  • Easily accessible. In-person, on-site, and online (soon to come).
  • Affordable. $99 for the four-hour foundation certificate, $75 for the 75-minute renewal.
  • Reputable. Offered by FaB Wisconsin, the statewide industry cluster organization.

The FaBsafe Certificate
® four-hour program covers the following in five modules, each followed by a quiz. The annual renewal features targeted updates and refreshers in these areas, and also requires quiz completion.

1. Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs or GMPs)

2. Employee GMPs and Personal Hygiene

3. Sanitation and Environmental Programs

4. Food Safety Plan and Hazard Analysis

5. Regulatory Compliance with FDA and USDA

To receive a FaBsafe Certificate® of Completion or Annual Renewal, attendees/students need to achieve an 80% or better overall score on the quizzes.

Upon passing the quizzes, attendees will receive a renewable and documented food safety training certificate of completion tracked by FaB. A FaBsafe Certificate® is good for one year and renewable annually for $75. A FaBsafe Certificate® does not replace training specific to the food or beverage manufacturer you work for, but does offer a foundation of food safety training that may be applied to any food manufacturing environment.



Attendees will have the opportunity to learn directly from the certificate's developer, Pat Werner. Pat is director of food safety, quality, and compliance for FaB Wisconsin. She comes to her role with more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently with Chr. Hansen. Pat earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Western Illinois University and her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 






The FaBsafe Certificate® is a strategic response to the talent shortage facing the industry and the food safety training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certifications. The statewide food and beverage manufacturing FaBsafe Certificate was developed, and is provided by FaB Wisconsin. It offers an easily-accessible, affordable and reputable certificate of completion to individuals working in the food or beverage manufacturing industry or looking to pursue a career in the industry. 


We have a call to action understanding the food safety training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the demographic shift and workforce migration creating a talent shortage, and the lack of industry career pathways and opportunity awareness that are impeding the growth and development of an industry workforce. While talent is needed from the plant floor to the executive offices, it's attracting the entry-level workforce that's in highest demand and which offers the greatest opportunity to meet the workforce development and growing talent needs of the industry.

In a 2016 FaB Talent Needs Assessment Survey, 66% of the 54 food and beverage businesses with Wisconsin locations who completed the survey revealed that high school-level production line talent was most in demand and the toughest jobs to fill.  Respondents also revealed a preference for condensed onsite and online training certificates.

The generational demographic shift caused by the retiring boomer population is causing a talent shortfall across all industries across the United States and around the world. For those of us in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, the situation is compounded by the lack of an entry-level certificate that identifies with a food and beverage manufacturing career path. Without an industry-recognized academic starting point, food and beverage manufacturing will continue to be sidelined as a career pathway as early as 6th grade, the first point at which Academic Career Planning (ACP) is required in classrooms across Wisconsin. 




An accepted industry FaBsafe Certificate® that offers food safety training that is easily accessible and affordable ($99) and that will provide Wisconsin’s food and beverage makers a statewide, industry-wide, recognized basic food and beverage manufacturing safety certificate.

  • Helps attract new entry-level talent to the industry by offering a career pathway starting point for employment opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing
  • Offered in high schools and on-site
  • Connected to advanced industry career training and pathways
  • Provides a recognized and valued base level of food safety training by industry employers
  • Can be built upon with a company’s internal food safety training program

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