Food Safety

How to get licensed

Food Safety Managers

Food Safety Managers ensure that proper procedures are followed to prevent food-related illness in businesses that serve food. Only trained, certified people may use the title or act as "Certified Food Safety Managers".

Food Manager Instructors

Food Manager Instructors must:

  • Hold a bachelor degree with courses in the biological, chemical, or food/sciences, and have at least two years of experience teaching or consulting on food-related issues; or employment in the food industry or food regulatory agency.
  • Be currently certified in food safety through completion of the Educational Foundation or the Educational Testing Service's Food Protection Certification monitored examination with a final score of 90% or higher. If a final score of 90% or higher is not obtained after the second attempt, the individual must take an approved Food Safety Management Certification course prior to retaking the examination.
  • Successfully complete a 15 hour Food Safety Instructor Training Course approved by the Center for Food Protection. The class may be online, or in another state. You must have a certificate of completion.(A waiver from this requirement may be granted if you can show equivalent educational credentials.

Continuing Education/Training

Food Safety Managers

Complete six-hour refresher course and renew their certification every three years. The course may be online, or in another state. (This is stricter than national exam certification which expires after five years.) If a food safety manager certification is expired for more than six months, you must retake the 15-hour course and pass the exam before you can be recertified.

Food Safety Manager Instructors

Demonstrate that they have earned 15 professional development units, equal to 15 hours of approved training in food safety and sanitation topics, every 3 years. Either a college transcript with course description or a certificate of completion of the course with the course description is required when you renew.

Approved Food Safety Manager Training Programs

Classroom Training

Food Safety Plan Development & Consulting Services

Online Training Programs without Exams

An approved proctored exam must be taken after completing the following online programs.

Test Centers for On-line Training Programs