• Illinois Food Handler Training & Food Handlers Certificate




A person just getting into a food handling job, or someone who is a current food handler and wants to update their knowledge on laws and regulations for the county and state they work in, can benefit from taking this food handler course. We offer this course in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese to meet the needs of many potential clients.

Our Food Handler course has been designed and developed to meet the ANSI or American National Standards Institute E2659 standard practice for certificate programs requirements. They include training experts with guidance from health department food safety officials, food management professionals, and current food handlers. This course is routinely updated to remain in line with food codes and improve its quality.


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Having Earned a Food Handler Certificate Shows You Understand Food Safety

People working in the food handling industry including restaurants, bars, food trucks, hospitals, and more, serving food to the public, should have a Food Handler Certificate. This training is important for your job, including food preparation, cooking food, serving food, or cleaning where food is prepared or served.

How Can You Benefit From Having a Food Handler Certificate?

Presenting a Food Handler Certificate lets employers know you have taken training and passed the minimum requirement of understanding food safety. Prospective employers can check the certificate status with the online system.

On your resume or at job interviews, you can call yourself a Responsible Training Food Handler Certificate Recipient. But, do not claim to be certified, licensed, registered, or accredited because these terms refer to a different program.

How Long will This Certificate Be Valid?

Though most Food Handler Certificates are good for three years, the actual term depends on the health board or other local regulatory organizations. When you get your certificate, the time it is valid for will be printed on it. You can also go to the online verification site to check.

What Will This Program Teach Me?

When the program is completed, you will understand the following things.

  • The basic information about preventing food-borne illness. You will know how illness is spread through contaminated food and how unsafe practices can contaminate food.
  • How important good hygiene is. How to prevent illness with good personal grooming, handwashing, and using protective equipment.
  • Recognizing symptoms of communicable diseases and food-borne illnesses that may keep you from working and when you may need a doctor's approval to work with foods.
  • How to accept and store food safely. When to reject food and how to safely store food to prevent contamination.
  • How to accept and store food safely. When to reject food and how to safely store food to prevent contamination.
  • The correct methods to clean and sanitize to ensure a safe environment.

Requirements To Receive a Food Handlers Certificate

There are six easy-to-understand lessons in this program. Each of the six lessons contains important information about safe food handling. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz to test the student's understanding of the lesson. When the six lessons and quizzes are completed, there is a 40-question multiple-choice final exam to take. This exam must be passed with at least a 70% score to get the Food Handler certificate.

Do I need Prior Education?

Anyone who feels they have the skills to complete this program can sign up. You will need basic computer and internet skills such as locating and logging into the correct websites. Then, you will need to be able to read and understand the information and the instructions on the website and in the lessons. You must be able to follow the directions on the website. This program uses easy-to-understand language and is available in English, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese so more people can take the course and complete it successfully.

How is This Course Designed?

Our course is an online course. It has six lessons full of important information on a topic and then fun exercises. Each lesson has an optional voice-over that can read the lesson out loud. At the end of each lesson is a five question quiz that tests the student's understanding of the lesson. As one lesson is completed you go to the next lesson inline. When all six lessons and quizzes are completed, students need to take a final exam consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions. To receive your Food Handlers certificate, you need to pass the exam with a 70% or higher grade.

This course is designed to be taken at the student's own pace as long as it is completed within six months of registering. The classes and quizzes go quickly.

What Type of Computer Do I Need?

We recommend using a standard desktop or laptop computer for this classwork. Depending on the brand and model, some smartphones or tablets will work.

What Is The Cost Of the Course and How Do I Register?

The course catalog lists all the available classes and their costs. Courses can be paid for with any major credit card. Once paid for, the courses can be registered for by filling in an online form with basic personal information. Then, you will create a username and password for yourself. Once you are ready to start your training, you log in using that username and password. You choose a course, go through the introduction page, and follow the directions to start the training. The personalized username and password as well as the secure server guarantee the security and safety of your information.

How Do I Register My Certificate With a Local Health Department?

Review the instructions for registering for the course to find detailed instructions on how and where to register. We work with many communities that allow us to collect and register for you, and some areas do not have requirements to register. Different towns and states have different requirements, and we have them listed.

Refunds and Cancellations

Responsible Training wants our customers to be satisfied. We realize things can change and will accept refund requests for any reason before a certificate is issued.