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CFP Food Protection Manager Certification - What You Need to Know


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Responsible Training is happy to announce we have released a new ANSI-CFP accreditation exam for food service professionals. Our CFP protection management course is now available. We offer both training materials and the exam. Responsible Training has met the American National Standards Institute - Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) requirements to offer this exam. Responsible Training's exam is ANSI approved - one of the few in the world that are.

There are many instances where one may need a CFP food protection certification. We will go over who needs it and why it's important below. Responsible Training offers the best practice and exam process for the CFP food protection certification because our program has been vetted by the best in the industry and approved by ANSI.

What Does ANSI-CFP Stand For?

ANSI-CFP is an acronym that stands for American National Standards Institute - Conference for Food Protection. When a certification is ANSI-CFP accredited, it means it has met the specific requirements set forth by the institute. When a certification is ANSI acreddited, that means it is a high-quality exam that tests pupils on the right information.

Who Needs a Food Protection Manager Certification?

A certified food manager is someone who has passed the certification test to handle and monitor food. Essentially, the role of the certified food manager is important because they monitor the quality, storage, and preparation of foods to ensure they are safe for the public to consume.

As such, most states require at least one food manager on-site at any establishment which serves food. Typically, establishments always need at least one certified food handler on-site, resulting in many establishments hiring several certified food managers for each shift.

This can include an array of settings, like:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Hospitals or assisted living facilities
  • School cafeterias
  • Theaters
  • …and more!

By obtaining your food protection manager certification, you can be appointed at your place of work as the designated food manager. Many large establishments have multiple certified food managers. This can help differentiate entry-level food service workers from the crowd. It is also pertinent information that anyone who works with food should understand.

So, whether it's for food service employees looking to differentiate themselves from the crowd or those who wish to take on more responsibility at their current workplace, a food manager exam is a great place to start. Responsible Training is happy to offer comprehensive and accredited food protection management courses to help food service employees improve their knowledge and credentials.

How to Become a Certified Food Protection Manager

Responsible Training offers a completely online, easy-to-access ANSI-CFP Certification exam. Apart from Responsible Training's ANSI-CFP Food Protection Manager Certification being accredited by ANSI, it also offers complete flexibility, so everyone has access to the materials they need.

To complete your certification with Responsible Training, all you need is a reliable Internet connection and a distraction-free environment. Registration is quick and simple; you enter basic information about yourself and then will be invited to schedule your virtual exam date.

Our exam is 100% online, so you do not need to worry about transportation to a physical test center. Instead, you will be asked to use a computer with a webcam and microphone so the virtual proctor can ensure your exam is taken in good faith.

If you're ready to test, you can register and take your exam on the very same day. Or you can schedule a for a later date once you've trained some more. Either way, Responsible Training offers a simple and flexible approach to receiving your CFP certification.

What to Expect on The ANSI-CFP Exam

The exam administered by Responsible Training focuses on the most important, ANSI-approved content to ensure every person who takes this exam walks away as a competent and knowledgeable food protection manager.

The exam is comprised of 75 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover relevant several topics, like:

  • FDA food code terminology
  • Highly susceptible populations
  • Food control
  • Food management responsibilities
  • Foodborne illness
  • Proper cleaning and sanitization measures
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • …and more!

You do not need any specific prior education to take this exam. You do need access to a computer with reliable Internet in a quiet space, and basic computer skills in order to take the exam with a virtual proctor.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Food Protection Manager Certification?

Depending on what company or entity you take your certified food managers exam from, the timeframe to receive your proof of certification can vary. With Responsible Training, you can download your certification right after you pass the exam.

Even better, your certification will be available through the website should you ever need to download it again. The certification lasts for five years once completed.

Can You Fail the Exam?

It is possible to fail the exam. However, when taking Responsible Training's online CFP exam, failing the test does not cause distress.

This is because Responsible Training allows test takers to retake the test as many times as needed. They can choose to restart the course and learning materials or skip the study materials and just retake the test.

Most test-takers can pass the exam with ease in about an hour.

Responsible Training's CFP Training and Exam are Now Live

Those looking to earn a responsible food handler certificate online should look no further than Responsible Training's new ANSI-approved food handling course.

The course provides helpful training materials which users can study at their own pace. Exams are scheduled by users at a time that is convenient for them. The exam is 100% online, so test takers do not need to worry about getting to a specific location. They can take it from the comfort of their home.

Responsible Training has put great effort into ensuring this course is comprehensive and the exam is reflective of the knowledge needed to become a competent responsible food handler.


A food protection manager certificate is a great way for food service professionals to increase their knowledge on safe food managing and set themselves apart in the workplace. Most states always require at least one certified food handler on-site; as such, this certification can open job opportunities for some.

Responsible Training is excited to offer an accessible, affordable, and completely online food protection management training and exam for those looking to become certified food managers.


  1. American National Standards Institute American National Standards Institute - ANSI Home
  2. ANSI National Accreditation Board ANSI-CFP Accreditation Committee - Food Protection Manager