If you work at a restaurant or handle food in a food establishment, you’ll need to take a Food Handler Safety Training course.
But before you enroll into a food safety course, find out what are the requirements your state has for Food Handler Training and Food Manager Certification.
Some states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington) and some local jurisdictions (check with your local health authority) require that Food Handlers take a food safety training course from an ANSI-accredited organization.
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Select your state from the table below to find state level food handler and food manager certification requirements.
- Certification Exam: State requires mandatory Food Manager Certification Exam.
- Demonstrate Knowledge: A demonstration of food safety knowledge is required by a food manager. A Certification Exam is the best way to demonstrate that knowledge.
- County Requirements: There are certain counties that have specific requirements.
- Training Certificate: State requires mandatory Food Handler Training certificate/card.
- Recommended: Food Handler Training is recommended, but not required. Requirements may vary per business.
The information in the chart is just a guide and believed to be accurate at the time provided. No warranty of accuracy is given. Please check with your local health department or regulatory body within your jurisdiction for the most current information.