CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER (CFPM)
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
FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATION
- Any food handler, unless that person has a valid Certified Food Protection Manager Certification, 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.
LINKS TO INFORMATION FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (IDPH):
- IDPH Food Handler Training in Illinois FAQ (effective July 1, 2014)
- Who Requires Food Handler Training
ALLERGEN AWARENESS TRAINING
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
Howard Area Community Center Food Handler, Free Certification 773-573-8253
Illinois Restaurant Association (312) 787-4000 (English and Spanish)
Illini Training 217-398-0103
Corporate Training Center, Ltd. (630) 357-3525 (English and Spanish) (Skokie Class Location)
Safe Food Handlers Corporation (888) 793-5136 (English) (Skokie Class Location)
Safefood Seminars (630) 554-3663 (English and Spanish)
Illinois Food Retailers Association - offers both Classroom & Online Course and Testing (630) 627-8100 (English and Spanish)
Certified Food Safety Programs 773-401-3244 firstname.lastname@example.org
360 Training - Online Courses
My Food Service License - Online Courses
Food Handler USA Enter EMPLOYEE20 in coupon code box to receive 20% discount.
Illinois Food Handlers
After Hours Communication
For after hours communicable disease or bioterrorism emergencies, please call 847-448-4311 and stay on the line to be connected to someone immediately.