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Certified Food Protection Manager and Food Handler Certification

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Beginning January 1, 2018,  an ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam is required.

The Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) was eliminated. IDPH will no longer issue FSSMC certifications, post course listings, or certify instructors/proctors on or after January 1, 2018.

If you already have a FSSMC, it will remain valid until it's expiration date. At which point, in order to renew you just need to complete the course from an ANSI approved organization (ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals)

Click on IDPH Food Safety for the information and a full text of the amendment


  • Any food handler, unless that person has a valid Certified Food Protection Manager Certification, is required to complete a food handler training course. A food handler is defined as an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. The State of Illinois Food Code requires that Risk Category 1 and 2 facilities employ one or more certified managers to supervise food service operations.



Also beginning January 1, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring all certified food protection managers employed at a risk 1 restaurant to obtain training in allergen awareness from an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited provider within 30 days of employment and every 3 years thereafter.
For details regarding this requirement please refer to Allergen Awareness Training.


Local Course Providers

ANSI-CFP Accredited Programs
Illinois Restaurant Association (312) 787-4000 (English and Spanish (Chicago Class Location)
IIllini Training 217-398-0103
Corporate Training Center, Ltd. (630) 357-3525 (English and Spanish) (Evanston Class Location)
Safe Food Handlers Corporation (888) 793-5136 
Safefood Seminars (630) 554-3663 (English and Spanish) 
Certified Food Safety Programs 773-401-3244
My Food Service License - Online and Classroom Courses (Chicago Location)
Food Handler USA Enter EMPLOYEE20 in coupon code box to receive 20% discount.
Illinois Food Handlers
City Food Training (CFT) - (312) 207 9848   Classes in English, Spanish, Gujrati, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu (Discounts Available for Businesses Located in City of Evanston)








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