As of July 1, 2014 the State of Illinois requires any food handler, unless that person has a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification(FSSMC), 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):
- How to Obtain Your Initial Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification
- How to Renew Your Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification
- Exam Study Guide prepared by IL Dept of Public Health
- IDPH Food Handler Training in Illinois FAQ (effective July 1, 2014)
- Who Requires Food Handler Training
- IDPH Food Handler Training Program Application-Registration
A Food Handler is defined as a food employee working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces.
Starting January 1, 2018, IDPH will no longer require food managers to have the State FSSMC. Any ANSI approved certified food protection manager course will now be accepted.
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.
IDPH listing of initial and refresher classes by county 217-785-2439
Howard Area Community Center Food Handler, Free Certification 773-573-8253
Illinois Restaurant Association (312) 787-4000 (English and Spanish)
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 email@example.com
360 Training - Online Courses
My Food Service License - Online Courses
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