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Food Manager Certification - FAQs

Food Safety Certification for Managers

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Do I need to pass a Food Safety Manager Certification exam?

A food safety certification is mandatory in many states, including California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and Maryland. However, different states and counties sometimes have different certification guidelines and requirements. For more information, please review our certification requirements by state or contact your local health authority.

Do I have to complete a class or food safety program before I can take the Food Safety Manager Exam?

This varies from State to State. Please select your state from the list or contact your local health department for more information.

What is the passing score for the Food Safety Manager exam?

Student’s must receive 75% or higher to become a certified food manager.

How many questions are on the Food Manager Exam?

There are anywhere from 80-90 questions of the Food Manager Exam.

How long is the Food Manager Certification valid for?

The standard for food managers is to obtain their certification every 5 years, but this may vary depending on the state and/or local jurisdiction. For more information please visit our state requirements pages or contact your local health authority.

Do you offer classes in most states?

We offer training programs that are accessible nationwide. Please give us a call if you have further questions so that we can assist you.

I am a Certified Food Manager in another state. Is my certificate valid in the new state I moved to?

If you have already passed a Food Safety Manager exam from ServSafe, Prometric or NRFSP and it has not expired, your certification is valid nationwide, in all states. However, some jurisdictions have their own specific regulations, so please make sure to check with your local health authority for any additional requirements.

ServSafe Certification

What is the ServSafe Certification?

The ServSafe Food Manager Certification is a nationally accredited program accepted by health departments nationwide.

Premier Food Safety has partnered with ServSafe to offer you the Food Manager Certification Exam, as well as multiple training packages to meet your training needs.

You can rest assured that you’re receiving training from one of the best companies, and obtaining a certification from one of the nationally accredited providers.

What is included in the Classroom Training and ServSafe Certification Exam option and how much does it cost?

Classroom training is highly recommended and usually the most effective way to prepare for the exam. Our most popular training and certification package is $139 and it includes:

  • Classroom training with a food safety expert - Available in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese, depending on location.
  • ServSafe certification Exam - Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and French Canadian
  • Study Guide
For your convenience, we also offer the Prometric Certification Exam.

What is the class schedule?

Classes are from 10am – 5pm*, but we do ask you to arrive at 9:30 am for check-in. The following is a breakdown of the class schedule:

  • 10am to 1pm | Class Instruction
  • 1pm to 2pm | Lunch Break
  • 2pm to 3pm | Review Session
  • 3pm to 5pm | Exam
*Class schedule may vary depending on language and location.

What is included in the Study Guide? When will I get it?

The Study Guide is emailed to you upon registration so you can review it prior to the class.

This 65+ page resource covers all the core FDA food safety standards and guidelines, 2 Practice Tests and the Top 5 Tips to Passing the Food Safety Exam.

Does Premier Food Safety offer private on-site classes?

Yes, depending upon the number of students, we can have our instructor come on-site to your company. Many of our clients prefer this option because of the convenience of having a class catered to fit their work schedule.

Does Premier Food Safety offer corporate discounts?

Yes, if your company certifies several employees a year, please contact our office and we will determine if you qualify for a corporate discount. Please email us at info@PremierFoodSafety.com if you have any further questions.

Are there any alternatives to the ServSafe Certification?

For your convenience, we also offer the Prometric Certification Exam.

What is the difference between the ServSafe Certification and Prometric Certification?

ServSafe and Prometric are both nationally accredited Food Manager Certification Exams, equally recognized and approved by Health Departments. In terms of compliance, there is no difference. However, some companies and/or jurisdictions may require their employees to specifically get one of the brands and not the other, so please check with your supervisor if you are unsure of your company’s requirements.

The ServSafe Certification exam is only available for our classroom training option.

Prometric Certification Exam

How does the Prometric Certification option work?

The Prometric Certification is a simple and easy to use option. Choose your training package, enter your zip code to locate the nearest testing center and register with us. Once you are ready to take the Prometric certification exam, just call us to schedule the date that works best for you.

If I choose the Prometric Certification exam, does that mean I get to take the test online?

No. The certification exam can only be administered by an authorized proctor.

However, if you can’t attend a class, you can prepare for the test by completing our online Food Manager training.

Study at your own pace. Then, attend one of our testing centers on the day and time you prefer to take the Prometric certification exam. There are over 1,100 locations to choose from.

How do I take the Food Manager Online Training?

Upon registration, you will receive a username and password to log in and complete the training from home. The self-paced online course incorporates media-rich learning experiences-graphics, audio, and interactive learning exercises.

The course is approximately 4-8 hours long and it is widely accepted by a broad range of clients, including regulatory agencies and educational institutions, as fulfilling training requirements for most counties and states nationwide.

How do I schedule a Prometric Food Manager Exam?

After having completed registration and studying, we ask students to call our office and submit a desired test date and time. The 2-hour exam time slots are available Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. One of our representatives will contact the testing centers in your area for the next open appointment times and to see if your desired appointment time is available. One of our customer service representatives will then contact you the student to confirm an appointment time; normal waiting period to be contacted is two business days. Exam appointment times are based upon availability.

When do I receive my test results?

With the Prometric Certification option, you receive your test results immediately following the exam. On-Demand eliminates the wait for traditional exams conducted at our classroom locations.

What do I need to bring on the day of my Exam?

All students that are registered to take the Food Manager Certification Exam will need to bring a current government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or government-issued passport.

How much does the Online Training and Proctored Exam option cost and what does it include?

We offer 4 different packages.

1. The Total Package (Most Popular Package) – $128

Includes:

  • Food Manager Online Training
  • Study Guide and Practice Test (sent via email),
  • Prometric Certification Exam (taken at a testing center)
  • Food Safety Manager Certificate (upon successfully passing the exam)
  • Training Guarantee

2. Premier Package - $99

Includes:

  • Food Manager Online Training
  • Prometric Certification Exam (taken at a testing center)
  • Food Safety Manager Certificate (upon successfully passing the exam)
  • Training Guarantee

3. Standard Package – $89

Includes:

  • Prometric Certification Exam (taken at a testing center),
  • Food Safety Manager Certificate (upon successfully passing the exam).
  • Study Guide and Practice Test (sent via email)

4. Basic Package – $39

Includes Food Manager Online Training Only.

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It is great to know that my managers are receiving training from a fantastic company... Our food safety training needs are met with Premier Food Safety. Many thanks from my managers and I at McDonald's.

Aurelio P - General Manager - McDonald's (Sandoval Group)

It is great to know that my managers are receiving training from a fantastic company and taught in a language they understand. Our food safety training needs are met with Premier Food Safety. Many thanks from my managers and I at McDonald's.

Aurelio P - General Manager - McDonald's (Sandoval Group)