How can I get my certificate?
To obtain a Food Sanitation certification in the state of Illinois, you must:
- 1. Complete a state-approved 8-hour Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification course
- 2. Successfully pass a state examination with a score of at least 75%
- 3. Pay a $40 certificate fee to the Illinois Department of Public Health or the City of Chicago for the issuance of a local certificate*.
The State of Illinois requires all Food Safety Certification training to be supervised by an Illinois certified program administrator or instructor,
such as Premier Food Safety. To register for one of our training and certification programs,
please visit our registration page.
*The health department fee is already included in our City of Chicago certification packages. However, students working outside the City of Chicago are required to obtain an IDPH certificate by submitting an application directly through the IDPH website.
Do I need to have a Certified Food Protection Manager employed before I open my business?
Yes. New food service establishments shall have a Certified Food Protection Manager from the initial day of operation or shall provide
documentation of enrollment in an approved course to be completed within three months. Food service establishments that are not in compliance with this
because of employee turnover must hire another Certified Food Protection Manager within three months.
How long is my
Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate valid for?
Your certificate will be valid for 5 years from the date it was issued. After that, you will be required to renew it.
I was certified in a different state. Is my Food Protection Manager Certificate valid in Illinois?
Only the Illinois Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certification (IL FSSMC) is considered valid and accepted by the local health departments.
The reciprocity process is only for those with valid City of Chicago certificates and those that took training outside of Illinois.
Anyone taking the training and exam in Illinois, must work through an IL approved instructor, such as Premier Food Safety.
Are any establishments exempt from the Certified Food Protection Manager requirement?
Yes, according to the Illinois Food Code, Category III establishments are exempt from this certification requirement. Category III are those establishments
- Only pre-packaged foods are available or served in the facility, and any potentially hazardous foods available are commercially pre-packaged in an approved processing plant;
- Only limited preparation of non-potentially hazardous foods and beverages, such as snack foods and carbonated beverages, occurs at the facility; or
- Only beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are served at the facility.