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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.

Food Handler Training is often intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as servers, chefs, cooks, cashiers, and even c-store clerks. The Food Handler Certificate will require the learner to complete a brief 2-hour training course covering basic food safety principles. At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the content and learning outcomes. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler's Certificate document (or card).

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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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 [email protected].

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