About the Online Food Handler Class

You have likely found this course because of a requirement by an employer to complete a Food Handler Class. This program contains meaningful content informed by standards, information, and data published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and State Public Health Departments. Many employers require that their workers complete this training on initial assignment, at least every two years thereafter, and when new or modified tasks or procedures may increase the need for handling food.

This online Food Handler Class is recognized throughout the United States and has been designed to meet employment, general continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.

Please note that you may be required to transfer or register your certificate of completion with your local health department. If this transfer or registration is required, it will not be done by Course For Food Safety and must be completed by the employee and/or employer.

This course has been specifically pre-approved by the HR Certification Institute.

The Food Handler Class may also be known by one of the following names:

Time Requirement

The Food Handler Class is offered with a minimum time requirement of one (1) hour. A timer is provided to help you keep track of time spent within the course. You may start and stop the Food Handler Class as often as you'd like and your progress will be saved each time. The entire Food Handler Class can be completed online and does not require you to call a staff member or visit an office to complete the program.

Course Topics

The Food Handler Class is presented in seventeen (17) separate sections which address the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Food Safety
  2. Purchasing Food
  3. Receiving Foods
  4. Storing Food and Supplies
  5. Food Preparation
  6. Thermometers
  7. Health Hazards
  8. Personal Hygiene
  9. Foodborne Illness
  10. Biological Food Contamination
  11. Microorganisms
  12. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  13. Food Establishment Design
  14. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System (HACCP)
  15. Pest Control
  16. Food Code
  17. Resources and References

Certificate of Completion

At course completion a certificate of completion and wallet card will be instantly available for download and sent to you by email. If you provide your employer's information, the certificate and wallet card will also be emailed to your employer immediately upon course completion.

We guarantee that the certificate of completion will be accepted. If, for any reason, the certificate is not accepted, we will provide a full refund.

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