• Texas Food Handlers Certificate


Get Your Texas Food Handler 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 Texas.


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How to Get Your Food Handlers Certification in Texas with Responsible Training

When you’re in need of a Texas food handler card, it’s best to do things by the book.

Responsible Training has an approved Texas food handler training program that meets all ANSI standards. Whether you want to be a food manager or cook delicious dishes in the kitchen, food certificates are a must!

As an accredited food handler training company, we’ve made it easy to receive your food handler 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 food handler online training also teaches you how to handle food safely to limit the danger of foodborne 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.

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

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese

  • What Will I Learn?

    After completing this training program successfully, you will not only get your Texas food handlers card, but will also learn:

  • How sickness is spread through contaminated food and how food becomes contaminated through unsafe practices are among the fundamentals of preventing food-borne illness.
  • Why hygiene 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.
  • How Does the Course Work?

    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 food handler training must be completed. Each lesson can be studied in less than 15 minutes. Each quiz should last 5 minutes.

    Does the State of Texas Require a Food Handlers Certificate?

    Texas Administrative Code Rule 228.33 does require that all food employees complete an ANSI-accredited training course within 60 days of getting hired.

    Food personnel, according to the TXDSHS, are those who deal with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. This can include fast-food joints, coffee shops, food trucks, bakeries, as well as brick-and-mortar restaurants and bars.

    Give your employer a copy of your card once you've received it so they can keep it on hand. According to state law, your employer must keep a paper copy or electronic copy of your certificate of completion on the premises at all times.

    Can I Get My Certificate Online?

    You have the option of taking your food handler training online or in-person in Texas. However, you should keep in mind that any course you take must be accredited. Fortunately, the training program from Responsible Training has been authorized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    To meet your state's standards in Texas, enroll in our online food handler card training today.

    How Long Does a Texas Food Handlers Certificate Last?

    The validity of your food handler's certificate is three years. Your certificate will expire after three years, at which point, you will have to take the course over. Even if you change jobs, your certificate will be valid statewide because this is an ANSI-accredited program, even if you start working for a food service company in a different city or county.

    Why Should I Take a Food Handler Training Course?

    First and foremost, if you intend to work in the food industry, you must complete a training course. You should also be able to recognize the symptoms and prevent the spread of foodborne illness.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 27 foodborne disease outbreaks in Texas in 2017. This is an increase from the 23 reported in 2016 and a decrease from the 34 reported in 2015.

    A thorough food safety training program will teach you the best techniques for keeping yourself and your clients safe from foodborne illnesses.

    What Jobs Can I Get In TX With a Certificate?

    As previously stated, you can work in a variety of establishments with your food handlers certificate. And there are multiple positions within each establishment. Texas' food and beverage business is one of the largest in the nation and is rapidly expanding.

    According to the Texas Restaurant Association, 1,344,200 restaurant and food service jobs were available in 2019, accounting for 10% of total employment. More importantly, by 2029, that number is expected to increase by 15.2 percent.

    Where Can I Find More Information About Food Safety in Texas?

    Here are some additional resources:

  • Secretary of State of Texas: The Texas Administrative Code, as well as other published versions of rules and regulations, can be found online.
  • Food safety, permits, and licensing are all controlled by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which focuses on public health.
  • Feel free to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website or click here for more information on the Food Handler Education or Training Program.
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  • All the means by which to communicate with the company,
  • The company's ethics, fairness, conflict of interest, non-bias, and non-discriminatory policies,
  • How collected client data will be stored and disseminated,
  • The company's accommodations policies,
  • How to request accommodations,
  • The company's refund, complaint, appeal, and cancellation policies,
  • How to request a refund,
  • How to comment or complain,
  • How to appeal a decision,
  • How to cancel a class,
  • How to comment on or complain about a product or the behavior of an employee or proctor,
  • How to use a certificate that the client has been awarded correctly: certificates in good standing may use the following terms to refer to themselves during the validity period. They may also use the “Responsible Training Certified” logo on their business card, email signature, or website to indicate their status.
  • The fee structure for a product,
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  • A statement committing to impartiality when granting certificates, including those granted by proctored courses,
  • The program requisites, including technology requirements