Florida law requires food managers to complete training and pass a certification exam within 30 days of employment. Private entities provide the training and testing. Food manager certification must be completed through one of the accredited examination programs listed below. Florida law requires all public food service establishments to provide the division with proof of food manager certification upon request, including, but not limited to, at the time of any division inspection of the establishment.
More information is available below.
Section 509.039, Florida Statutes
Reference in law requiring food manager certification.
Rule 61C-4.023, Florida Administrative Code (Microsoft Word)
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Food Manager Certification Testing
Accredited Examination Programs
- ServSafe®/National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
- National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
- Above Training/State Food Safety
- The Always Food Safe Company, LLC
- 1 AAA Food Manager / www.AAAFoodHandler.com
- Responsible Training/Safeway
Conference for Food Protection
National organization that has accredited the examination programs used by Florida.
Food Manager Certification Handout – English PDF / Spanish PDF
DBPR Form HR 5030-080, cut-sheet used by Division of Hotels and Restaurants’ inspectors to remind licensees of food manager requirement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
> What is a Certified Food Manager?
> Who must be a Certified Food Manager?
> How do I get a Certified Food Manager Certificate?
> Who provides Certified Food Manager examinations?
> Where can I get information about Certified Food Manager examinations?
> How long is the food manager certification valid?
> If I change jobs, does my Certified Food Safety Manager Certificate transfer to my new work location?
> Is my food manager certification from another state valid in Florida ?
All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Steven von Bodungen, Director
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011