FAQ

Certified Food Safety Programs

Provides proctored examinations in food safety with testing approved by the ANSI-CFP, (American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection)

Satisfies the food service sanitation requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) with approved coursework and training.

FSSMC  course for food Safety managers

 

What is a FSSMC  for the Person-In-Charge or the Food Safety Manager?

The initials stand for Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate.  This is the food safety certificate  required by public health departments in the State of Illinois and City of Chicago.
Other states have different names for the license – but require the same ANSI-CFP licensing exam

 

Who needs the FSSMC certification in Chicago & Illinois?

At least one certified manager must be present wherever food is handled and/or serviced.  In Chicago an additional licensing step is required.  In counties and cities in
the rest of Illinois, only the testing agency certificate is needed.

 

When does the license expire?

The ANSI-CFP certification and the public health license is valid for five years after the exam date.

 

Where can I get the training and take the proctored exam?

Come to a convenient course location in the Chicago land area

Or

Schedule a private course for up to 30 managers info@ilfoodsafety.net

Or

Take an on-line course (ServSafe, National Registry of Food Professionals) and bring the certificate on on-line course completion to the testing site
to take the proctored exam.

How do I prepare for the certification exam?

  1. Review the study guide after registering for the class 
  2. Attend the (required in Illinois, and optional in Indiana & Wisconsin) eight hour course
  3. Take the national exam (approved by ANSI-CFP, the American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection) with an approved proctor.
  4. Submit the licensing application/fee to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) – not required in Indiana nor Wisconsin.

How do I get food safety manager certification for Indiana or Wisconsin?

*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 food safety licensing examination by American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) and display the testing agency certificate.

What is a Food Handler certificate for employees?

This two hour training covers basic food safety and personal hygiene for staff working with and around food that is served to the public.

Who needs the Food Handler (FH) certification in Chicago & Illinois?

The State of Illinois and City of Chicago requires this training for all staff (except licensed managers) that work with food or food utensils within 30 days of hiring.

When does the certificate of training expire?

The food handler certificate  is valid for three years after the training date.

Where can I get the training and certificate?

Enroll in a convenient on-line course by clicking here Schedule a private course by calling (773) 401-3244 or info@ilfoodsafety.net

Chicago Summerfest training

 

What is a City of Chicago Summer Certificate for Food Festivals?

This three hour training covers food safety and personal hygiene in temporary locations and outside events for food that is served to the public.

Who needs the summer festival food vendor permit  in Chicago?

One staff member with the permit must be present at all times during the service of food at the event.  The requirement for the FSSMC license is separate from the summer festival food vendor permit.

When does the certificate of training expire?

The food handler certificate is valid for the duration of the event permit.

Where can I get the training and certificate?

Attend a convenient course in advance of the festival season by clicking here 

Or

Schedule a private course by calling (773) 401-3244 or info@ilfoodsafety.net