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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 Online Food Safety Manager Training and Certification

Please note, the proctored exam must be taken in a physical test center. Click here to find your closest test center.

Why Choose Learn2Serve?

No additional Test Center/Proctor Fees!*
  • Recognized by major employers, insurance firms, and enforcement agencies
  • Trusted by major restaurant and food establishments in the state
  • Interactive technology and the convenience of the Internet deliver responsive & engaging online training materials.
  • Live toll-free support from an expert advisor via phone or the Internet.

Exam and Training Bundles

  • The Learn2Serve Food Safety Management Principles Training course fulfills the 8 hour Food Service…

    Package Includes:

    • Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification Exam – Proctored by 3rd Party Test Center
    • Learn2Serve Food Safety Management Principles – Illinois
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    • $125.00 $99.00
  • 360training’s Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute…

    Package Includes:

    • Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification Exam – Proctored by 3rd Party Test Center
    • Online Package
    • $55.00

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With foodborne-illness outbreaks occurring in many places across America including Illinois, food safety has become a pressing, continuing concern of public-health organizations and the state’s restaurant community. Restaurants and other food service establishments in the state are regularly inspected by the health department to ensure that kitchen facilities are up to health standards and employees are complying with safe food handling practices.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all establishments that prepare and serve food to have a certified food service manager on the premises at all times food is handled.

Food pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella can enter the food supply at various points of the human food chain, but especially and frequently during food handling. Food service managers in restaurants and other food establishments are tasked to make sure that food safety and proper food handling are always observed.

Improving your food safety knowledge and skills, as well as your career, is no longer a problem thanks to Learn2Serve. With its Illinois Food Safety Certification training program priced at a fraction of the cost, you’re only a step away from getting the most of your budget with our e-learning offerings. Visit our course library now to know more about our Illinois food safety training bundles and individual courses.

State Requirements

Effective January 1, 2018, an ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through passing the exam is still required, but students do not need to apply for any additional Illinois FSSMC certificate.

For questions about state rules, please email dph.fssmc@illinois.gov.

The City of Chicago will still maintain their certification and will still require an extra step and application fee for filing with the city.