FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION
Food Service Operator Certification is required in the municipalities of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Warr Acres, Spencer, The Village, Nichols Hills, Harrah and Del City. This Certification is a manager's level certification. Each food service establishment is required to have at least one certified Food Service Operator. This certification involves 14 hours of class work and successfully passing an examination. The person obtaining this certification must be employed at the establishment and be in a position to supervise and train 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?
Note: Classes are not offered at OCCHD facilities.
Dates and Times for Classes in 2018.
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.
Changes to Oklahoma City municipal ordinance involving Food Manager Requirements.
Oklahoma City will continue to require at least one employee in each establishment to have a Food Manager Certification. This certification must come from one of the exams approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Conference for Food Protection. The change that has occurred is the employee is no longer required to bring the certificate and register it with the Health Department. The original certificates must be posted in the food establishments and will be recognized for five (5) years. If you have any other Food Manager questions, please contact the Food Education Coordinator.
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
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 Food Education Coordinator.