Regulatory Agencies

Local and State regulations are changing quickly so our best advice is to check with your local health department before embarking on the online course.  A few States and localities require a certain number of hours of training like Rhode Island (15 hours) A few others have their own courses (like NYC), and Illinois requires an additional license for the state in addition to a certification. Wow!

Here is a list of states and localities as of this writing.

StateLocal JurisdictionFSM Accepted?          Comments
AlabamaState ofYesVoluntary for Managers and Foodhandlers. See counties for further information.
AlabamaJefferson CountyYesAll food workers must take Health Department training course or be trained by a certified food safety manager. Foodhandler card must be obtained within 21 days of beginning work at an establishment.
AlabamaBaldwin CountyYesEstablishments must have a certified food protection manager.
AlabamaMobile CountyYesAll foodhandlers,full, limited,or daycare must get foodhandlers card
AlaskaState ofYesFood Safety Manager per location expected 12/31/04
ArizonaState ofYesVoluntary with local requirements
ArizonaCochise CountyYesOnly the health department provides training and test for food handlers – Manager certification is not required
ArizonaCoconino CountyNoMust employ one certified full time manager – recertification required every 3 years
ArizonaGreeniee CountyYesOnly Greeniee County course and test are allowed for food handlers – Manager certification is not required
ArizonaLa Paz CountyYesAll foodhandlers must obtain a Foodhandler card.
ArizonaMaricopa CountyYesAll food establishments handling open, potentially hazardous food shall have one certified food service manager on staff per facility. A Food Service Worker license is required for all employees working in any permitted food service establishment where exposed food products are handled, prepared or processed.
ArizonaPima CountyYesMust employ one certified full time manager – recertification required every 3 years
ArizonaYavapai CountyYesAll foodhandlers must obtain a f.h. certificate
ArizonaYuma CountyYesVoluntary for Managers All foodhandlers must obtain a f.h. certificate by oasing county test
ArkansasState ofYesVoluntary for Managers and Foodhandlers.
CaliforniaState ofYesCode requirement “[E]ach food facility shall have an owner or employee who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination…. The certified owner or employee need not be present at the food facility during all hours of operation.”
ColoradoState ofYesVoluntary on state level. Check with local health departments. The state food regulation states that restaurant employees must be able to demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention upon the request of a health inspector.
ColoradoDenverYesrequirement Restaurant employees must be able to demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention upon the request of a health inspector.
ConnecticutState ofYesEach Class III or IV establishment (or places cooking/handling potentially hazardous foods) must appoint a qualified food operator who is in a supervisory position
DelawareState ofYesDelaware arequires that a person in charge at a restaurant must be certified. Passing a food safety manager certification exam is one way to meet the demonstration of knowledge requirement.
FloridaState ofYesAll food service managers who are responsible for the storage, preparation, display and serving of foods to the public must successfully pass a Food Manager Certification examination. Each licensed establishment shall have at least one certified food manager.
GeorgiaState ofYesMandatory. Georgia requires at least one food service manager on staff who has successfully completed a food safety training program and passed an ANSI-CFP exam. For all new establishments, there is a 90 day grace period to comply with the mandatory manager certification. During this 90 day period, the manager or person in charge must demonstrate food safety knowledge. For existing food establishments, manager certification shall be implemented by 11/2009.
Guam -Territory ofYesAny handler of food must be certified
HawaiiState ofYesServSafe is a recognized program throughout Hawaii Renewal Certification is permanent- however, Health Department strongly recommends recertifying every 3-5 years.
IdahoState ofYesEach food establishment shall have employed at least one employee who is in a supervisory position who is trained in food safety and sanitation and shall have employed food workers who are trained in food safety and sanitation which is commensurate to each food worker’s responsibilities.
IllinoisState ofYes**Illinois has additional requirements in addition to being certified - please contact your local health department to be sure this course is right for you.
IllinoisChicagoYes**Illinois has additional requirements in addition to being certified - please contact your local health department to be sure this course is right for you.
IndianaState ofYesFood Safety Manager will become mandatory statewide July 1, 2005
IndianaBartholomew CountyYesEach establishment must employ one certified manager per shift during all hours of operation.
IndianaMonroe CountyYesACode requirement Mandatory. A food establishments must have at least one (1) certified food handler (an owner, an operator, a manager, or an employee of a food establishment) employed and have oversight responsibility for all periods of the food establishment’s operation. The certificate must be recognized though ANSI-CFP.
IndianaLa Porte CountyYesEach establishment must have one certified person on the premises during all hours of operation. 16 hours
IowaState ofYesCertification is required
IowaMuscatineYesHealth Department teaches course and may do on-site training. Reciprocity granted for ServSafe. Show original certificate to obtain reciprocity and to receive City certification.
KansasState ofYes A knowledgeable person in charge must be on the premises at all times when the establishment is operating. (1999 Food Code). The person in charge may demonstrate knowledge by passing a test that is part of an accredited or approved program.
KansasLeavenworthYesEvery employee of a food or drink establishment shall be certified as having successfully attended a food service training school. Such school shall be scheduled and conducted by the city health officer.
KansasRiley county – ManhattanYesCode requirement All food service establishments that process potentially hazardous foods must employ a full time, on site certified food safety manager (food safety coordinator). Food safety coordinators must be certified by the city health officer by either 1) passing a challenge exam, or 2) successfully completing a ServSafe course and test. ServSafe course must have been within previous 2 years.
KansasShawnee CountyYesEach foodservice establishment must employ a certified manager – 2- 1/2 hours of training including exam
KansasWichita City/CountyYesFoodhandlers required to have certificates
KentuckyState ofYesMany Local Counties are requiring Certification, while many are not. Please check with your local department.
LouisianaState ofYesAs of January 1, 1999, the owner or a designated employee of each food service establishment must hold a food safety certificate. Minimum of 8 hours of instruction.
MaineState ofYesCertification now required
MarylandState ofYesCertification now required
MarylandBaltimoreNoEach facility must have one certified employee. 16 hours (must also pass an approved exam)
MassachusettsYesEvery food service establishment must have at least one full-time employee who is at least 18 years of age and who has passed a food safety exam which is recognized by the Dept. of Public Health. (’99 FDA Food Code w/ modifications). Local jurisdictions have the authority to exceed the state’s minimum requirements. (105 CMR 590.000) – None. Examination-based.
MichiganState ofYesBeginning June 30, 2009, Food Establishments shall have at least one manager who has been certified though an ANSI-CFP certification. A knowledgeable person in charge must be on the premises during all operating hours. The person in charge may demonstrate knowledge by passing a test that is ANSI-CFP accredited. The MI Dept of Agriculture may require individuals to complete food safety training when there are repeated failures to correct a critical violation.
MinnesotaState ofYesAll establishments must employ a certified food manager by July 1, 2000. Managers must complete an approved food protection course and successfully pass the examination.
MississippiState ofYesA full-time certified food manager must be employed by each food service establishment. (’01 FDA Food Code with modifications) 8 hours; minimum 8 hours for recertification.
MissouriState ofYesMany Local Counties are requiring Certification, while some are not.
MontanaState ofYesCerification is required on state level
NebraskaState ofYesVoluntary on state level
NebraskaLincoln/LancasterYesVoluntary - check with your health department
NevadaState ofYesCertification required, Food Code requires that at least one person in charge of the operation at each permitted food establishment have a Food Managers Permit. Lincoln offers four certifications for different personnel levels. ServSafe Certification or any ANSI-CFP certification fulfills the certified food manager (Level IV) requirements. Food handler permits (Levels I-III) are required for food preparers, dishwashers, and bus people. Level I-1 1/2 hour, Level II-1 1/2 to 2 hrs, Level III-2 1/2 hours. Level IV No set amount of hours required
New HampshireState ofYesMerrimac County requires it, other counties do not
New JerseyState ofYesMandatory on a state level. Check with your health department
New MexicoState ofYesCerification is required on state level
New YorkState ofYes*Ny is all over the place some countie require it some don't - *NYC is the only place that it is not accepted as they have therir own seminars.
North CarolinaState ofYes*Cerification is required on state level
12 hours to qualify for 2 point bonus on inspection (Online cannot be used for the 2-point bonus program)
North DakotaState ofYesVoluntary
OhioState ofYesCerification is required on state level
OklahomaState ofYesVoluntary on state level
OklahomaOklahoma City/CountyYesEach establishment shall employ one certified manager per establishment. (Some cities within the County may have more stringent requirements.)
OklahomaPayne Co./StillwaterYesEach food service establishment must employ at least one certified food manager who is a full-time supervisor and who holds a food service operator’s certificate from the Payne County Health Dept. 8 hours; 4 hours for recertification.
OklahomaTulsa CountyYesCertified Food Service Manager: Every food establishment must employ at least one certified manager who is an active employee of the licensed establishment a majority of the operating hours. Food Handler Permit: Any person who serves and/or prepares food or handles food utensils in a food establishment, other than a temporary food service establishment, must have a current food handler permit.
OregonState ofYesThe goal of the food handler training program is to provide food handlers with a basic understanding of food safety that will assist the manager or person in charge to direct the food handler in preparing and serving food safely. A certificate of program completion confirms that the food handler met the learning objectives.
PennsylvaniaState ofYesCerification is required on state level
Rhode IslandState ofNo Each food establishment where potentially hazardous foods are prepared shall employ at least one certified full time, on-site manager who is at least 18 years of age. Establishments with 10 or more full-time employees must have at least 2 certified managers.15 hours plus examination; recertification requires a minimum of 6 hours of classroom training plus exam.
South CarolinaState ofYesCerification is required on state level
South DakotaState ofYesMandatory food manager certification. 8 hours of classroom instruction plus exam; recertification: 4 hours of classroom instruction plus exam.
TennesseeState of NashvilleYesVoluntary statewide
TexasState ofYes**Must pass CFP approved exam but some counties require 15 hours of trining, please check with your local health department for details.
UtahState ofYesCerification is required on state level
VermontState ofYesVoluntary - check with your health department
VirginiaState ofYesCerification is required on state level
WashingtonState ofYesVoluntary - check with your health department
Washington DCState ofYesAll food establishments must have a certified food protection manager on the premises at all times. After passing a food safety examination, present the original certificate with test scores to the Food Protection Division for Certified Food Manager’s Identification Card issued by the Department of Health. For additional questions regarding the Food Protection Division please contact (202) 535-2180.
West VirginiaState ofYesVoluntary on state level
West VirginiaCalhounYesRequired
West VirginiaMonongalia CountyYesRequired
WisconsinState ofYesEach establishment must have at least one certified food service manager who has passed an approved exam and certified through the state.
WyomingState ofYesVoluntary on state level
WyomingTetonYesCerification is required