Food Handlers Course $9.99

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In Illinois, obtaining a Food Handlers 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 across the state. This course is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin Chinese.

This Food Handlers Course has been developed to meet the ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) ANSI/ASTM E2659-18 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.

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"The team at Responsible Training has been professional and helpful every step of the way. Getting al of the Managers at our 19 restaurants food safety certified has been a breeze. All of us at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers in Houston look forward to working with Responsible Training in the future."

Clay Phillips
Director of Training
Freddy's Frozen Custard

"We've seen a significant positive response from our customers who find Responsible Training's courses enjoyable and user-friendly."

Anthony Spanel
City of Amarillo
Dept. of Environmental Health

"Responsible Training made learning about food safety engaging and practical. Understanding how to control germs and cook safely has been invaluable."

Rick Gauna
Food Safety Educators

"I loved how their exams used everyday language. It made the learning process much more straightforward and less intimidating."

Clay Phillips
Director of Training
Freddy's Frozen Custard

course overview

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

Illinois Food Handler Details

Does the state of Illinois require a food handlers certificate?

In Illinois, Food Fandlers Training is required for food employees or handlers based on the type of food establishment they work in. Generally, employees should receive training within 30 days of hire. Food employee or food handler means an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. Food employee or food handler does not include unpaid volunteers or temporary events.

Give your employer a copy of your certificate once you've printed it so they can keep it on hand.

Where can i find more information about the food handlers Certificate in Illinois?

Food Handler Training programs are required to be ANSI accredited or an internal training program approved by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Currently, IDPH only approves internal training programs for non-restaurants. More information about IDPH approval can be reviewed in the state Food Code.

Have more questions about Food Handler Training? Check out IDPH's Frequently-Asked Questions. Additional questions about Food Handler Training may be emailed to the Food Program at

how can i use the illinois food handlers certificate?

You may distribute physical and electronic copies of your Responsible Training Food Handlers Certificate to current and prospective employers, government agencies, or anyone else to demonstrate that you have met the requirements laid out in the ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) ANSI/ASTM E2659-18 standard practice for certificate programs. According to this program, when referring to yourself as a certificate holder, you may say that you are a "Responsible Training Food Handler Certificate Recipient" or a "Holder of a Responsible Training Food Handler Certificate." You may not say that you are "certified,"certificated," licensed," "registered," or "accredited."

what jobs can i get in illinois with a food handlers certification?

You can work in a variety of establishments with your Food Handlers Certificate. And there are multiple positions within each establishment. These may include, food servers, cooks, chefs, food runners, bussers, and dish washers.

According to the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), in 2019 there were 588,700 restaurant and food service jobs in Illinois, which translates to 10% of total employment. And that number is projected to grow 7% by the year 2029.

Learn more about the Food Handlers Course from the Frequently Asked Questions.

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