Food Handler Card Online Training FAQs

We currently offer online food handler training courses that are accepted in the states of California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Kansas City, MO, San Diego County, CA, and Utah. For specific information regarding certification requirements for each state, please contact your local health department.
The duration of the online course varies depending on the Food Handler Training course you choose. Online training programs for different states and counties have different requirements.
No, you may start training and review a few chapters, log out of your account and resume your training at a different time. All your progress will be saved.
You will be able to print your Food Handler Card as soon as you finish the training and pass the final exam. In some cases, you may be required to bring your printed food handler card to the local health department to receive a food handler card issued by them.

Unfortunately, we only offer the Food Handler’s training online at the moment; therefore you need a computer in order to get the certificate.

Here are a few suggestions to complete your training:

  • Go to your local library – computers are available for use to the public.
  • Ask a friend if you could borrow their computer for a few hours.
  • Talk to your supervisor about using a computer at work.
If you don’t have access to a computer with a printer, you can still take the training online and, once you have passed the test, we can mail a printed copy of your Food Handler Card for an additional fee.
We offer group discounts for the online training course. As an administrator of an account, you are able to monitor the progress of each one of your employees and have access to their Food Handlers Card. For more information please call 1-800-676-3121.

Though terminology may vary depending on the state or county where you work, the Food Manager Certification usually refers to a more advanced, more comprehensive type of training that is mainly designed for owners and managers. In California, for example, the Food Manager Certification designates a state requirement mandating that at least one employee or owner per food establishment passes an accredited food safety examination, whereas the Food Handler Card refers to a less comprehensive training that is mandatory for all employees who come in direct contact with unpackaged food.

Other states, however, use the term food handler certification to refer to the food manager certification. For information specific to the state you work in, please contact your local health department.

You will be able to easily navigate the course as long as your computer meets the following requirements:

  • Internet Connectivity - A high speed internet connection (cable modem) is strongly recommended.
  • Web Browser: You can use any of the following browsers and the indicated version.
    • Google Chrome Browser (recommended) - Click here to download for free.
    • Mozilla Firefox Browser (recommended) – Click here to download for free.
  • Adobe Flash Player - The latest version of Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded for free by clicking here.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - Click here to download the latest version for free.
  • Speakers for the online course's audio are optional.
  • A printer is highly recommended, since you will need to download and print the Certificate of Completion for the Food Handler Card Training.