Finding the Food Safety Training Program that is Right for You
Back in October of 2021, I highlighted the different food safety training programs available for you to use to train employees. I thought it might be pertinent to refresh this list again during National Food Safety Education month.
One of the first questions I always get about the training requirement in the food code is, “do I have to pass a certified exam”? The answer is no, you don’t. To be more specific, knowledge and certification requirements are spelled out in the 2022 FDA Model Food Code. Section 2-102.11 mandates the knowledge requirement for the person in charge, which can be satisfied by one of three different methods: having no priority violations during the current inspection; being a certified food protection manager, having passed a test as part of an accredited program; or responding to the inspector’s questions about a variety of identified food safety topics.
… if my business were ever the source of a foodborne illness outbreak, I would certainly want to know that I had done everything in my power to protect my guests and having trained my employees who work on the front lines with the food I serve in my business would be the very least that I could do.
However, I don’t know about you, but if my business were ever the source of a foodborne illness outbreak, I would certainly want to know that I had done everything in my power to protect my guests and having trained my employees who work on the front lines with the food I serve in my business would be the very least that I could do.
Thus, below is a list of all organizations who are currently certified to offer the food safety certification exam and some basic information about the program.
If you fail the exam, you must repurchase a new exam. The training is available, but only results in a “certificate”, not certification. There does not appear to be a combined training/exam package with a reduced rate.
Exam: Remote proctoring, cost included with both the training and exam package and the exam only option.
Training & Exam: $78.00 + Remote Proctor Fee of $48.00
Exam only: $28.00 + Remote Proctor Fee of $48.00
Students allowed two attempts to pass the exam with no additional cost.
As I noted last time I posted this list, I am sure there are several of you out there who would like me to tell you which program is the best for you, but it all depends on how you learn, how you’d like to take the exam, and your budget. Look into each and use your best judgement. I am not endorsing any of the programs, only noting that they are approved for your use. Whichever you decide, be sure to check with your local health department to make sure they also recognize the exam before you pay for it.
Have you had good or bad experiences with either of these training and exams that you’d like to share? If so, drop me a note. I’d love to hear about your experiences and may be able to use this in a future blog. Risk Nothing.