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Per SB 582, Food handler cards obtained from an ANSI-accredited program are considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting or registration fee requirements. Food handlers who complete an ANSI-accredited program are not required to pay additional fees. Your certificate will be recognized statewide by any local health department in Texas.
The Texas Food Handler Card Certificate is an accreditation approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services and issued upon successful completion of a food safety course and final exam.
This online course is ANSI-approved and valid throughout the entire State of Texas, including the cities of Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Denton, Wichita Falls, New Braunfels, Greenville, North Richland Hills, Arlington, Richardson, and Corpus Christi, Harris County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, El Paso County, Bexar County, Denton County, Travis County, Collin County, Hidalgo County, and Fort Bend County.
Who is a food handler?
A food handler is defined as any food service employee who works with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food contact surfaces.
Do I need the Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
Food Handler training is not mandatory statewide. However, many cities and counties in Texas require food handlers to meet specific training and certificate guidelines. To find out if the city or county where you work requires a Texas Food Handlers Card Certificate, please contact your local health authority.
How Do I Get the Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
Take an online course and receive a certificate of completion from a program approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, such as Premier Food Safety. Since this training is ANSI-approved, it will by acepted as valid by all local jurisdictions statewide.
Can I get my Texas Food Handler Card Certificate from any provider?
No. The only training programs recognized as valid statewide are those approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services and/or programs accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
If the establishment you work for is under the jurisdiction of a health authority that mandates this certificate, you must obtain the food handlers certificate from an approved training program, such as Premier Food Safety.
Is Premier Food Safety an Approved Training Provider?
Yes. Premier Food Safety offers a food handlers certificate program that is both ANSI-approved and accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services (License #51).
Why do I need to get my training from an accredited provider?
Although food handlers training by an accredited program is not required statewide by the Texas Department of State Health Services, a uniform training standard was established under the rule for Food Handler Education or Training Program (25 TAC §229.178) to keep Texas food handlers working in multiple jurisdictions from incurring in duplicate training expenses.
Put simply, if a food handler card is required by the county or city where you work and you receive this accreditation from a program that is ANSI-approved and/or approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the local health authority is required to accept it as meeting the jurisdiction’s training requirements. However, your local health authority may have additional guidelines, so we recommend that you contact them upon completion of this training.
What information will be on my Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
All certificates issued by Texas DSHS-accredited programs must include the following:
How do I purchase training to get the Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
You can purchase the online training through this registration page or by calling our toll-free number 800-676-3121.
When do I need to get my Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
This will depend on the city or county where you work. Some jurisdictions allow a grace period from the date of hire, whereas others require you to have a food handlers certificate before you can start working. For local guidelines, please contact your local health authority.
I need to take the Texas Food Handler Card Training but I do not have a computer, what can I do?
Unfortunately, at the moment we only offer the Food Handler Card Certificate Program online; therefore you need a computer in order to get the card.
Here are a few suggestions to complete your training:
How long is the training?
The online training takes approximately 90 minutes.
Is there an exam?
Yes. Once you have reviewed the entire course, you will need to pass a 40-question exam with a score of 70% or higher.
Do I have to complete the training all at once?
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.
When will I get my Texas Food Handler Card Certificate?
You will be able to print your certificate as soon as you finish the training and pass the final exam with a score of at least 70%.
What if I don’t have a printer at home to print the Food Handler Card Certificate?
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 Training Certificate for an additional fee of $5.
How long is my certificate valid for?
Once issued, your certificate will be valid for 2 years in the state of Texas. However, your local jurisdiction may require you to renew it sooner in order to meet local ordinance requirements. Please make sure you contact them for further instructions after you have completed the course.
I work for multiple establishments. Do I need a Texas Food Handler Card Certificate for each one of them?
No. Once you have obtained a training certificate from an ANSI-approved food safety program, such as Premier Food Safety the certificate is recognized as valid throughout the State of Texas.
Will my card and certificate be valid if I change jobs?
Yes. Because this is an ANSI-accredited program, your certificate will be valid statewide, even if you start working for a food service facility located in a different city or county.
Will I be required to have a local health jurisdiction certificate in addition to this one?
No. The Texas Food Handler Card Certificate issued by an ANSI-accredited program, such as Premier Food Safety, is recognized statewide by regulatory authorities as valid proof of successful completion of a department-accredited food handler training program.
I have a food handlers certificate from another state. Is it valid in Texas?Only if the food handler certificate was issued upon completion of an ANSI-accredited training.
Where can I find out more about the current state law?
For detailed information regarding the Food Handler Education or Training Program, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website or click on the following link: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/handler.shtm