Texas Food Handlers License & Certificate

Get Your Texas Food Handler Certificate and More

Responsible Training is the easiest way for you to get your food handler, food manager, TABC or child care training. Our online courses are quick to complete and let you print out your own certificate when you’re done. We are the premier food safety experts in the nation, providing certificates that our students can count on. Learn more about our classes by clicking the links below and get your certificate today! In Texas, obtaining a food handler's certificate is simple. All you have to do is finish a training program and pass an exam to get a food handler card that is valid in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, or anywhere else in TX.

This Food Handler course has been developed to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) E2659 standard practice for certificate programs requirements by training experts with the guidance of health department food safety officials, food management professionals and food handlers like you. It is periodically updated to stay current with food codes and to improve quality; learn about changes here.


When you’re in need of a Texas food handlers card, it’s best to do things by the book. Responsible Training has an approved Texas food handler training program that meets all ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Accreditation standards. Whether you want to be a food manager or cook delicious dishes in the kitchen, food certificates are a must!

With our training programs, we’ve made it easy to receive your Texas food handlers card, meet state and company standards, and begin to work as quickly as possible. You'll get an overview of food safety issues, rules, and practices so you'll know how to keep your workplace safe. The training also teaches you how to handle food safely to limit the danger of food-borne illness. You will receive your certificate of completion once you have completed the course and passed the final exam with a score of at least 70%. Your certificate can be used to demonstrate that you've finished a food safety training course.


After completing this food handler training program successfully, you will learn:

  • How sickness is spread through contaminated food and how food becomes contaminated through unsafe practices are among the fundamentals of preventing foodborne illness.
  • Why hygiene is important, and how may excellent personal grooming, handwashing, and the use of protective clothing help you avoid illness
  • How to spot the signs and symptoms of communicable diseases and food-borne illnesses that will keep you from working, and when you'll need a doctor's permission before working with foods.
  • How to accept and store food securely, including when to refuse food and how to keep food safe from contamination.
  • How to prevent foodborne illness by controlling food temperature, including how to measure and keep foods in safe temperature zones, as well as how to safely cook, cool, and reheat food.
  • The proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures to ensure a safe environment.


Each lesson includes thorough information on the subject as well as enjoyable tasks. The lessons offer a voice-over option that reads the lesson aloud. After examining the class materials, you'll take a short quiz to see how much you've retained. You can take the final test once you've completed all six lessons. To get your Food Handler Certificate, you must achieve a 70% passing grade.

The Food Handler Certificate Program is self-paced. You must complete every lesson before moving on to the next. Within six months of registration, all training must be completed. Each lesson can be studied in less than 15 minutes. Each quiz should last 5 minutes.


This course consists of 6 lessons and a final exam. The lessons are:

  • Lesson 1: Food Safety Basics
  • Lesson 2: Personal Hygiene
  • Lesson 3: Receiving and Storing Food
  • Lesson 4: The Danger Zone
  • Lesson 5: Sanitation, Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Lesson 6: Employee Health Status

We highly suggest individuals take advantage of our food handler and TABC seller-server training bundle to get their food permits. We offer alternative course languages including:

Spanish     Chinese     Vietnamese


At Responsible Training, we make food handler certification in Texas pretty simple. However, you might still have some questions about the process, so we have taken the time to answer common inquiries below.

Does the training cover everything I’ll need to know for the exam?

Yes – once you have gone through the training course, you will feel fully prepared to take – and hopefully – pass the exam. When you take the exam with us, you will have two opportunities to pass with your initial purchase, so you don’t have to feel too much pressure to get it right the first time. However, if you’ve done a good job of going through the training course materials, the exam should be no trouble at all.

Is Food Manager Certification part of the Food Handler Certification?

Food Manager Certification and Food Handler Certification are two separate courses and certifications. Having one certification does not qualify as meeting the licensing or certification requirements for the other. However, you can also sign up for the Food Manager Certification Course & Exam for Texas here.

Does the certification earned from this course meet the Texas Department of State Health Services license requirements for food handlers?

Yes – the Responsible Training Texas Food Handler Certificate meets ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Accreditation standards, which conform to the requirements of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 6, Subtitle A, Chapter 438, Subchapter A. Once you have obtained this certificate, you are licensed as a food handler in all Texas counties and municipalities.

Does the Texas Food Handler Card certify me for working as a food service manager or other food service role for any food establishment in Texas?

This license meets the requirements set forth by the State of Texas for a food handler at any food establishment in Texas. However, it does not meet the requirements of food managers, which may be needed for other food service roles. Consult your company's training manager for guidance about whether you may also need the Texas Food Manager Certification.

Are Responsible Training courses kept up-to-date?

Yes – it is important that we keep our courses current to offer our customers the best possible information to prepare for the exam that they will take. We have been in this business for nearly twenty years, and we have been ANAB accredited for more than a decade. Our team takes great pride in offering accurate, current information that will allow students to pass their exam as quickly as possible.