Certified Food Safety Programs
Provides programs for food safety to satisfy the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements.
- food handler certification
- food protection manager certification and proctored examinations
- independent food sanitation audits and support
Food Protection Manager Certification and Food Handler Certification
These are the certifications required for the Person-In-Charge of a food operation. Restaurants, caterers, retail food preparation, school or healthcare food services, are examples of food operations. Based upon federal standards of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), at least one certified manager must be present whenever food is handled or served.
Illinois (except Chicago) mandates an approved 7-hour course and proctored exam for the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Chicago requires an extra licensing step through the city for the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate (FSSMC) license. Both certifications must be repeated every five years.
Many of the programs listed on the internet are not approved by the public health departments in Illinois. Certified Food Safety Programs only offers courses that satisfy Illinois requirements. Exams have to be proctored (supervised) and certified by ANSI-CFP (American National Standards Institute-Council on Food Protection). Certified Food Safety programs provides and proctors those exams - including ServSafe, National Registry of Food Service Professionals, and Always Food Safe.
Take an on-line course and then schedule your Certified Food Safety Programs review and proctored exam.
Schedule a private course for up to 30 managers by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register for the course/exam. You'll get a confirmation and a study guide.
- Complete the (required in Illinois, and optional in Indiana & Wisconsin) seven hour course
- Take the ANSI-CFP exam with an approved proctor, such as Certified Food Safety Programs.
- Let us know if a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) FSSMC license is needed, and the documents needed for your application will be provided at testing.
- Display your certificate for the next five years.
*Indiana (certified food handler) requires licensing and Wisconsin (certified food manager or food safety training for small operators) requires only the testing agency certificate. The person-in-charge of a food operation must pass the proctored food safety manager's examination approved by American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). Certified Food Safety Programs will provide a review and proctored exam.
This certificate of training is required by the Illinois (& Chicago) Department of Public Health for any staff with food or utensil contact. The two hour training covers basic food safety and ends with an open book quiz. The certification must be repeated every three years.
The State of Illinois and City of Chicago require this training for all staff (except certified managers) that work with food or food utensils. The training must be completed within 30 days of hiring.
Chicago Summer Festival training
This three hour training covers food safety and personal hygiene in temporary locations and outside events for food that is served to the public.
One staff member with the permit must be present at all times during the service of food at the event. The summer festival certificate is renewed each year. The requirement for the FSSMC license is separate from the summer festival food vendor permit.
Courses will be available after April of this year. Schedule a private course by calling (773) 401-3244 or email@example.com