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Illinois Food Sanitation Certification - Includes City of Chicago

State Regulations All food service establishments, except Category III facilities, shall have a certified food service sanitation manager on the premises at all times.
The Food Sanitation Certification shall be achieved by completing an approved course and a monitored examination.
Certification Exam Mandatory
Approved Certification Exams ServSafe, Prometric, NRFSP and 360 Training
Food Safety Training Requirement 8 hours of training from a state-approved program.
Certificate Renewal 5 years
Additional Requirements $40 certificate payable to Health Department (IDPH or City of Chicago, depending on business location).

*The City of Chicago fee is included in all our certification packages.

ServSafe & Prometric Certifications

  • • Valid in Illinois and the City of Chicago
  • • Instructor-led Class or Online Training
  • • Proctored Certification Exam
  • • Includes $40 City of Chicago Health Department Fee

Available Locations:

  • 770 Lake Cook Rd. Suite 200 , Deerfield, IL, 60015
  • One North LaSalle St, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL, 60602
  • 7501 N. University Suite 218 , Peoria, IL, 61614
  • 239 S. Lewis Lane Suite A, Carbondale, IL, 62901
  • 1830 Mediterranean Dr Suite 201, Sycamore, IL, 60178

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How can I get my certificate?

To obtain a Food Sanitation certification in the state of Illinois, you must:

  1. 1. Complete a state-approved 8-hour Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification course
  2. 2. Successfully pass a state examination with a score of at least 75%
  3. 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 where:

  • 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.

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