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What is a Food Handler Certificate?

If you work at a restaurant or handle food in a food selling or serving establishment, you'll need a Food Handler Training course.

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Food Handler Training Certificate:

The Learn2Serve.com Food Handler Training course will discuss various food safety handling and serving principles. Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will earn your food handler certificate of completion.

Program Purpose:

The purpose and goal of the Learn2Serve Food Handler Training Certificate is to provide individuals working in restaurants and non–restaurant facilities with an overview of food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food–safe environment. These individuals will also be able to better understand how handling food correctly reduces risks.

This course covers food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food–safe environment. It will help you to better understand how handling food correctly is required by law and how it improves safety and lowers cost as well.

Program Scope:

This training course is designed to prepare individuals in the Safe Handling of Food.

This course is ANSI accredited and complies with ASTM e2659 standards. The course is recognized in most states and counties, but it is always best to check with your local authorities to be sure you complete any additional local registration, fees, or applications.

If you are in Utah, Florida, Ohio, or San Diego County, please look for our other courses for those areas. This course is not recognized for certification in Washington State, Oregon, or Clark County/Southern Nevada Health District, but is useful in preparing for the SNHD Test, and is valid in other parts of Nevada.

Program Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define food safety and its goals, benefits, impact, proper adherence, critical control points, and recall requirements.
  2. Recall biohazards, symptoms and causes of common foodborne illnesses, identify spoilage signs and causes.
  3. Identify three types of contamination, explain how food becomes hazardous, and recognize how to preserve food.
  4. Understand time, temperature, and control with relation to food handling and how to properly take the temperature of food and maintain the temperature while storing food.
  5. Discuss personal hygiene importance and practices, and food handling practices and techniques.
  6. Understand procedures for acquiring and receiving food, considerations for meat and poultry, and proper food storage.
  7. Identify both proper and improper cleaning and sanitizing procedures and implications.
  8. Identify signs and eradication procedures for pest infestation.

Certificate Requisites:

In order to successfully obtain a Certificate for this course, you must effectively complete each lesson and pass the final exam at the end of the course. The lessons will cover material that ensure that the program learning outcomes are met.

The course requires a minimum 90–minute participation time to be eligible to take the final exam. Our system will restrict access to the final exam until this time participation requirement is met.

There will be a total of 45 questions covered in this final exam with a 70% passing score necessary for successful completion.

The passing of the exam is necessary to have successfully completed the course and to earn your certificate. Should you fail the exam the first time, you will be given another attempt to pass the exam. A second exam failure will result in you having to retake the course before attempting the assessment again.

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Qualifications of Content Personnel:

The course content was developed by a former Senior Executive who had a long tenure at one of the world’s largest publisher which also provides educational content and educational technology platforms.

The content has been updated over time through the help of individuals who are currently employed in the Restaurant & Food Safety industry at Senior-Level Executive roles as well as those who are involved in the Higher Education industry.


Upon successfully completing this course, your certificate will enable you to show proof of training to obtain further licensing if necessary. In many States, this certificate is not the actual Food Handler License, so you must always check with your local Health Department in charge of issuing these.

Changes to Program:

All changes to the program shall be communicated via email to all applicable stakeholders. Any upcoming changes to the program shall also be communicated here.

What is Food Manager Certification?

A Food Manager Certification is designed for mid-level or experienced professionals in the food service industry, such as restaurant managers, produce managers, c-store managers, etc.

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Food Manager Certification:

A Food Manager Certification is designed for mid-level or experienced professionals in the food service industry, such as restaurant managers, produce managers, c-store managers, etc. With the Food Manager Certification Exam there are no required courses or training requirements leading up to the exam (unless jurisdiction requirements stipulate otherwise). The learner is assessed based on their knowledge of a set of concepts.

Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will earn their Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) designation (or CFP). This acronym can be added to the individual's name. The certification is valid for a period of three to five years. At the end of the certification period, recertification will be required.

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Illinois Food Handler Training Certificate Program


Why Choose Learn2Serve?

  • Approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Learn2serve.com – Approved Provider #14-071
  • Access to the online course and exam
  • Official, printable certificate of completion
  • Valid for 3 Years

Upon completion of the Illinois Food Handler course and passing the exam, you will immediately receive the downloadable official certificate. The IL Food Handler Certificate is required for those individuals that work in restaurants and other non-restaurant facilities such as nursing homes, licensed day care homes and facilities, hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities. There are no quizzes in this course, just a final exam. The exam pass rate is 75%. Learn2serve.com offers a free retake of the exam! Your certificate will be valid for 3 years!

Are you a Food Handler in a restaurant or working in other Food Handling jobs? Have questions about the Illinois Food Handler Certificate and if you’re required to take it? Click here to learn more.


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Illinois Learn2Serve Food Handler Training Certificate Program

Affordable, Quick, and Mobile

Complete your food handler training for just two hours with the Illinois Learn2Serve Food Handlers Training Certificate program.

For a reasonable price, you can get started on the food safety training required for all food handlers in Illinois.

Because of its mobile-friendly format, you can complete this program anywhere there is internet.

The Illinois Department of State Health Service Food Handler Card

You need a Food Handler’s Card to work in the food service industry in Illinois. To get the card, you are required to complete an ANSI-ASTM approved food handler training, pay the required registration fees, and present proof of completion to the local authority. All workers in restaurant and non-restaurant food establishments in the state of Illinois are required to have a food handlers card.

How to get Illinois Food Handler Certificate?

Illinois food handlers or food industry professionals who are working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or food-contact surfaces are expected to complete the following steps to gain their Certification:

  1. Enroll in an ANSI Illinois food handler course.
  2. Complete the ANSI Food Handler Courses for Illinois
  3. Pass the assessment/Exam
  4. Print Certification of Completion

Learn2serve’s food handler module and exam is available 24/7 and can be completed online in accordance with the student’s desired pace. The process doesn’t require monitoring and the web-based testing site will provide a printable certificate as proof of completion.

An Overview of Food Safety Issues and Techniques

The Illinois Learn2Serve Food Handler Training certificate program gives food workers an overview of food safety regulations, issues, and techniques to keep a food-safe environment. Food handlers will see how correct food handling reduces risks, improves safety and lowers cost.

This two-hour course will keep you engaged with activities, quizzes and animations. The Learn2Serve Food Handler Training Certificate program is compatible with most mobile devices.

FAQ’s on Illinois Food Handler Permit

What are Illinois Food Handler Permits?

Food handler permits are the permits food handlers in most states, including Illinois, must earn to handle food that is served to the public. A food handler is anyone working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces.

How Do You Get a Food Handler Permit?

To earn a food handler permit, you must complete an approved food safety course and pass an exam. Then you will receive a certificate from the education provider, which is required before the department of health will issue a permit.

What Type of Training is Required?

Food handlers working in a restaurant must complete food handler courses with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval. Any food handler training course that has been registered and approved by the Department is acceptable for food handlers in non-restaurants.

The food handler training certificates are good for three years.

Why are Food Handler Permits Required?

State departments of health are concerned with maintaining and protecting public health. Food establishments have a serious responsibility to safely provide food to their customers. There are many ways in which diners can be sickened, including improper storage and temperatures, hygiene lapses, and cross contamination.

What is the Best Way to Complete Food Handler Training?

The most efficient and convenient way to take food handler training is with online courses. eLearning is quick, affordable, and mobile. You can easily finish the required education anytime you want anywhere you have an internet connection.

State Requirement

This course is approved throughout the entire State of Illinois and meets the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495 , passed into law on August 27, 2013 establishes food handler training requirements.

  • All food handlers employed by a restaurant, other than someone holding a food service sanitation manager certificate, must receive or obtain American National Standards Institute–accredited training in basic safe food handling principles within 30 days after employment and every 3 years
  • If an entity uses an American National Standards Institute food handler training accredited program, that training program shall be automatically approved by the Department.
  • Training may be conducted by any means available, including, but not limited to, on–line, computer, classroom, live trainers, remote trainers, and certified food service sanitation managers. Nothing in this subsection (c) shall be construed to require a proctor. There must be at least one commercially available, approved food handler training module at a cost of no more than $15 per employee; if an approved food handler training module is not available at that cost, then the provisions of this Section 3.05 shall not apply.
  • Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 3.05 of this Act, food handlers employed in nursing homes, licensed day care homes and facilities, hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities must renew their training every 3 years. There is no limit to how many times an employee may take the training. The training indicated in subsections (e) and (f) of this Section is transferable between employers, but not individuals.


State Approved Illinois Food Handler Course – All Counties

This course is a basic review of food safety practices for food service employees. This course is recommended for all food industry employees, which can assist employees in the implementation of safe food handling practices at their food establishment. The Illinois Department of State Health Services recognizes and has approved this Learn2serve.com Food Handler’s Course. All students must present their completion certificate to their local health authority and must pay the required fees associated with registration at their local authority. THE COURSE FEE DOES NOT COVER ANY FEES ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.