​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Human and Animal Food Laboratory Professionals Curriculum FrameworkAPHL is working with FDA's Office of Training Education and Development and a team of subject matter experts (SMEs) to build a competency-based curriculum framework (see image) for human and animal food laboratory professionals. The goal of the framework is a competent laboratory workforce doing comparable work as part of an Integrated Food Safety System. The curriculum framework is a career-spanning, visual schematic of the human an​d anim​al food laboratory profession. It is being developed in tandem with another FDA curriculum development project for regulatory program professionals, the National Curriculum Standard.​

Framework Lev​els

The framework spans five professional levels (entry, mid, expert, supervisor/manager and senior administration), and depicts the content areas in which laboratory professionals must possess competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and attributes) in order to successfully perform their job functions. Content areas are either core (applying to all laboratory professionals) or program-specific, applying to laboratory professionals specializing in either chemistry (shaded in purple), microbiology (shaded in green) or special testing (shaded in pink).

The curriculum framework is being used for:

  • Training development (courses and other learning events)
  • Cataloging existing training
  • Competency assessment

Using the Competencies

The Laboratory Curriculum Framework Work Group has created the following blueprint documents to serve as guides for those looking to evaluate competency, either self-evaluation or as a supervisor. The framework content areas and competency statements are regularly reviewed and updated (as needed) to remain current. The documents below are subject to change and will be updated with the most current version.​​

Entry Level Competency Statem​​​ents

Mid Level Competency Stateme​​nts

Expert Level Competency Statem​​​ents

Director Level Competency Statements

Training Available

Competency-based training courses are currently in development to complement the curriculum framework. These courses can b​e found on APHL's Learning Portal.

W​​ork Group

The Laboratory Curriculum Framework Work Group consists of SMEs from various associations, state and local public health and agricultural laboratories, and federal agencies. The work continues the partnership between APHL, AFDO and AAFCO as the associations share resources and gather subject matter experts from their memberships.​ The workgroup will continue to meet ad hoc when competencies need to be reviewed and/or updated.​