Who has to be certified as a food handler?
The State of Illinois requires food handler certification for all staff in a food operation that:
Handle food or
with food utensils in related tasks (washing dishes, clearing or
setting tables, etc.)
What must be done to become a certified food handler?
Complete the approved course on-line, by clicking here: https://ilfoodsafety.net/product-category/food-handlers-certificate/ It takes about two hours to complete, including an “open-book” quiz.
Keep the certificate available for inspection whenever working in a food operation.
When does a food handler have to be certified?
The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago requires food handler certification within thirty days of hiring.
Where does a food handler go to get certified?
- On-line courses are the most convenient, and allow a thirty day windo to complete the training, by clicking here: https://ilfoodsafety.net/product-category/food-handlers-certificate/
- Some local community centers and colleges also provide classes.
- Larger groups will benefit from in person, interactive trainings that will hold the attention of employees, and simplify the certification. Group trainings can be scheduled by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or giving us a call at (773) 401-3244.
How long is the certificate valid?
The food handler certificate is valid for 3 years.