Every food service establishment is required to have at least one certified Food Protection Manager. The municipalities of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Warr Acres, Spencer, The Village, Nichols Hills, Harrah, and Del City require Food Protection Manager Certifications. The certified manager must be employed in a supervisory role and responsible for providing training to all employees.
How to Obtain a Food Manager’s Certificate
Certification may be obtained through the methods listed below:
- Attend an approved class and successfully pass the exam
- Study online and successfully pass the exam at a testing site
- Reciprocity from a nationally recognized Food Manager’s Class that is approved by OCCHD
When and Where are the Classes Offered?
Please note that classes are not offered at OCCHD facilities.
Who is required to have a Food Protection Manager’s Certificate?
At least one employee in each food service establishment is required to have a Food Protection Manager Certificate. This employee must be able to train other employees on safe food handling practices. This employee is expected to be present in the facility on a regular basis.
Individuals may choose to obtain their training online. OCCHD recognizes exams approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – Conference for Food Protection. The training and/or tests may be taken by contacting these companies directly and choosing the option that best fits your needs.
If you choose one of these options, training may be done at your own pace on a personal computer; however, testing must be done at an approved testing site under the observation of a certified proctor. These online companies offer several levels of training. Please make sure you are enrolling in the correct manager-level course and taking a proctored test. Please note that some of these companies require you to complete the online training in order to enroll in the test.
The nationally-recognized testing options are:
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
Name of Exam: Food Safety Manager Certification
Name of Course: Certified Professional Food Manager
Name of Course: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
Class description: Food Protection Manager Training & Certification
Registration of Certification
You must register your national certification with OCCHD. OCCHD recognizes certificates current within three years of the test date. Individuals must come in person, bring in an original certificate showing that they have passed one of the approved exams, $6.00, and a photo ID. We accept cash or checks only. We cannot take bills larger than $20.00.
Payments may also be completed using our online payment system. Please bring your receipt in to our Consumer Protection office with your photo ID. We can also accept pre-approved purchase orders from groups.
As a result of House Bill 1804 (effective November 1, 2007) anyone applying for a manager’s certificate from OCCHD must sign a statement that they are either (1) a United States citizen, or (2) a qualified alien under the Federal Immigration & Nationality Act and are lawfully present in the United States.
Location and Hours
The Consumer Protection division of OCCHD is located at OCCHD’s Kelley location at 921 NE 23rd Street in Oklahoma City, OK, 73105.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My Food Protection Manager Certification has expired. How and where do I go to renew my certification?
A: Food Protection Manager Certification can be renewed by attending one of the classes offered and passing the exam. You may also opt to just take the exam without attending the classes if you have tested before. The exams are offered at all the classes or you may choose one of the online options to test at a testing site. We no longer offer tests at OCCHD.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: We are available to complete the issuance of Food Service Operator Certificates Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Q: Do I need this certification before I open my new food establishment?
A: Check with the city you are located in to see if they require completion prior to opening. Oklahoma City allows 30 days after opening to have attended the class and successfully passed the exam. Other cities may have different requirements. Remember that classes often fill up quickly, so enroll early!
Q: I have a Food Handler Card that was issued in a different county. Will this count or is it the same?
A: No. A Food Handler class is a much shorter, less intensive class, often not requiring a test. We currently recognize the three nationally recognized Food Manager’s Programs (please see above in the Online Options section). If you have any questions about reciprocity please contact 405-425-4475.
Q: What do I need to bring to the Health Department to acquire my Food Protection Manager Certificate?
A: You must bring your original certificate from one of the nationally recognized classes. This certificate must show that you passed the exam. No photo copies will be accepted. We do not accept certificates of attendance from other food classes. You must also bring your photo ID and $6.00 cash or check. We do not accept credit or debit cards in person, but you may pay using our online payment system. Please bring your receipt in to our Consumer Protection office with your photo ID. We can also accept pre-approved purchase orders from groups.
For questions about refunds for a Food Protection Manager certification/license, please see our Refund Policy for License Fees section.
For questions about Food Protection Manager’s Certification or Food Education, please contact Tonya Moore at Tonya_Moore@occhd.org or (405) 425-4475.