Responsible Training's Food Handler Course
A food handler program helps new and current food handlers keep up to date on laws and regulations for the county and state where they work. Most states require food handlers to take a food handler course. Our course is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
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.
A Food Handler Certificate- a valuable sign of accomplishment
Anyone who works in a place that serves food to the public, such as a restaurant, bar, food truck, or hospital, should hold a Food Handler Certificate to show they understand food safety. If you come into contact with food during preparation, cooking, serving, or cleaning, this training will be valuable for your job.
How is a Food Handler certificate used?
Holding a Food Handler Certificate shows employers that you have passed the minimum requirement of understanding food safety. Employers can check your certificate status through our on-line system.
When applying for jobs, you may call yourself a "Responsible Training Food Handler Certificate Recipient". You can refer to your "Responsible Training Food Handler Certificate" on your resume.
You may not say or imply that you are "certified," "certificated," "licensed," "registered" or "accredited"; these terms indicate a different type of program than food handler training.
For how long is the certificate valid?
The health board or other regulatory organization determines how long your certificate will be valid, usually two years but in some places it may be one or three. It will be printed on your certificate and may be checked by using our online verification program.
What will I learn?
Upon successful completion of this training program, you will understand:
- The basics of preventing food-borne illness, including understanding how illness are spread through contaminated food and how food becomes contaminated through unsafe practices
- Why hygiene is important, and how you prevent illness by good personal grooming, handwashing, and using protective articles
- How to recognize symptoms of communicatable diseases and food borne illnesses that will keep you from working, and when you'll need a physician's approval before working with foods.
- How to safely accept and store food, including when food must be rejected and how to store food to prevent contamination.
- How to control food temperature to prevent food-borne illness, including how to measure and keep foods in safe temperature zones, and how to cool, thaw and reheat food safely.
- The right way of cleaning and sanitizing to maintain a safe environment.
The Certificate Program consists of six easy to understand lessons in food handling, each with a quick quiz so you can be sure you understand the lesson and are prepared for the exam. To be awarded a food handler certificate, you must view all lessons and quizzes, then take 40 question multiple choice exam, which you must pass with 70% to be awarded a food handler certificate.
If you don't pass the final exam the first time, no problem! You may retake both the training course and the exam, or skip the course and retake the exam as many times as you need.
What prior education do I need for this program?
Anyone can sign up for this program. You will need basic internet skills such as locating and logging into websites, then reading and following the instructions found there. We use simple, straight-forward language so you can complete the course quickly and confidently.
How This Course Works
Each lesson contains detailed information on the topic and fun exercises. The lessons have an optional voice over that will read the lesson out loud. After reviewing lesson materials, a 5 question quiz at the end will test what you have learned. Once you’ve completed all 6 lessons, you can take the final exam. You must score a passing grade of 70% to receive your Food Handler Certificate.
The Food Handler Certificate Program is designed to be completed at your own pace. However, you must complete each lesson before advancing to the next. All training must be completed within 6 months of registering. Each lesson can be reviewed in 15 minutes or less. Quizzes should take 5 minutes each.
What kind of computer do I need?
We recommend the course be done using a standard desktop or laptop. However, depending on the brand and version, you can use a smartphone/ tablet.
What is the cost of the course and what methods of payment are accepted?
The cost of each course is located in the course catalog. You may pay using all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
How do I register?
Registration is quick and simple. You will enter basic information and be asked to create your own username and password. When you are ready to start your training, log in using the username and password. You will be prompted to go through our introduction page before starting the actual course. Personalized password selection and a secure server ensure that test data and all other personal information remain secure.
Registering your certificate with a local health department
Please review the guidelines when signing up for the course as you will find detailed instructions on how and where to register. We work with many jurisdictions that allow us to collect and register for you. Many areas have no registration requirements.
Refunds and cancellations
Responsible Training’s first consideration is customer satisfaction. If for any reason you request a refund before a certificate is issued, we will be happy to refund you the full amount of the transaction.
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