I've recently taken a job at a plant not currently SQF certified but is wanting to get SQF level 3. I'm just trying to get a general idea of how long this process should take. Specifically I've been told two different scenarios regarding what you will need for the auditor. I've been told that the initial certification doesn't really require much documentation of your paperwork you are implementing, you just need to show that you WILL be doing it and where you WILL record it. On the other hand I've heard that auditors want at least 2-3 months worth of your procedures/paperwork actually being done in the plant. So in general after you write up your SQF plan can you start the audit with just that or do you need to implement the system and have a few months under your belt?