The FSSMC Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate Requirements
- At least one certified manager must be present at all times while a food operation is preparing/handling food.
- In Illinois and the City of Chicago, an approved eight hour course is required as well as a proctored national certification exam.
- The certification is valid for five years after successfully completing the exam
- Since 2014, the courses must be repeated every five years (there is no renewal process in Illinois)
Mastering the Food Safety Licensing Exam
The State of Illinois and City of Chicago have adopted the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food code for their own food code regulations. This started for the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2016. The Chicago Department of Public Health began enforcing the new rules in 2018. The training and exam for Food Protection Manager Certification can now transfer between Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and many other states. However, Chicago requires an extra licensing application and fee. At a Certified Food Safety course, we provide the documents that must be submitted to obtain the Chicago FSSMC (Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate) license.
The FDA food code is not just a little bit of reading
– it’s over 760 pages! Certified Food Safety Programs focus in on the details that food service sanitation managers need to know for certification and safe food handling.
Once registered for a the food service sanitation manager certificate course, you’ll get a pre-course study guide that has the basic regulations to learn. The course manual includes worksheets and sample multiple choice questions to prepare for the course and test. At the course, we review the reasons and rules for food safety. as we practice for the multiple choice exam.
Finally, in 85 to 90 questions, the food licensing exam tests your knowledge of food safety principles and the FDA food code regulations. The exams are developed by one of four
national testing agencies (including National Registry and ServSafe), and approved by ANSI-CFP (American National Standards Institute – Council on Food Protection). These exams
must be proctored, which means the test has to be taken under the supervision of an approved monitor. Either a computer or paper test is available, and the testing
agencies promise official results within 10 business days. A passing score (at or above 75%) provides certification that is valid for five years.