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Food Handler

A food handler is defined by law as a food employee who works with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. This includes servers, chefs, cooks, bussers, bartenders, dishwashers, and hosts/hostesses who handle food, utensils, or food-contact surfaces.

The Food Handler Training Course is a 2 hour course developed by A Plus Food Training L.L.C. This training course is ANSI accredited and is an approved course that meets the state requirements of the the Department of Public Health. This is an approved course in all states. The course  content follows the FDA Food Code to ensure the important topics on food safety is covered.

A Food Handler Certificate will be issued if the student scores 75% or higher on the final assessment.  The certificate is valid for three years.

Employees should take this course within 30 days of hire, and every 3 years thereafter.

The topics of this course include:

  • Foodborne Illnesses and Hazards
  • Personal Hygiene and Food Safety
  • Time and Temperature Control
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment and Surfaces
  • Thermometers
  • Cross Contamination
  • Storing Food and Non-Food Items
  • Food Allergens
  • Pests
  • Dishwashing

The online course is $15. The instructor led course is $50.