Apr 9, 2020
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Food Handlers Certificate

Food handler certificates will be required for all Illinois food handlers as set forth in the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code, Subchapter M. This certificate shows that a food service worker not only knows all of the right answers to the food handlers test, but that they received their training from an approved trainer.

Those employed by a food service establishment that is not a restaurant are required to receive or obtain training in basic food handling principles by July 1, 2016.

Here is what you need to know about the food handlers certification:

  • Only the people who handle, prepare and dish up food are considered food handlers and will need the required training for certification.
  • Long-term care facilities can train others if they so choose, but it is not required.
  • Those holding a food service sanitation manager certificate are not required to participate in this training
  • Existing employees shall receive training by July 1, 2016.
  • New employees shall receive training within 30 days after employment.
  • Training is not transferable between individuals.
  • Training is not transferable between employers.
  • All food handlers employed in nursing homes, licensed day care homes and facilities, hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities must renew their training every three years.

Nutrition Care Systems is an approved provider of the Illinois food handler certification program.

We offer two training options:

  • On-site training – have a qualified dietitian train a group of your staff at the convenient location of your choosing.  $10 per student, minimum 10 students per class.