Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification

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and Food Handler Certification

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.


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.

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)


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.


Course Providers

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
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





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