Most state licensed food establishments require a manager or operator to be certified by an exam or demonstrate knowledge in food safety rules and procedures.
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.
For some states or local jurisdictions, food handler re-training and manager re-certification is required more frequently than the normal time. Always check with your local regulatory authority for specific details.
The information in the table below 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.
Table: Food Safety State 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.