All food establishments operating in the following municipalities (Del City, Midwest City, Nichols Hills, Oklahoma City, Spencer, Harrah, The Village, and Warr Acres) are required to have at least one on-site Nationally Certified Food Manager (CFM) who is a person in charge if they prepare, handle, or serve unpackaged Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food (TCS). The CFM shall successfully pass an American National Standards Institute – Council for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) accredited Food Managers Certification Examination.

  • Food facilities exempt from this requirement include: Temporary Food Facilities, prepackaged Ice cream trucks, farmers’ Market Vendors, and produce stands selling only uncut produce, and any food facility selling only commercially prepared prepackaged food.
  • All employees at exempt food facilities, however, must be able to demonstrate to OCCHD an adequate knowledge of food safety principles related to their specific duties at the facility.
  • The certification is valid for five (5) years from the date of the examination. Upon expiration, the CFM must be recertified by passing an ANSI-CFP accredited Food Managers Certification Examination. The CFM must pass the exam before the expiration of their certificate.
  • If the CFM leaves the food establishment, the establishment will have 45 days to comply with this ordinance.
  • Newly licensed food establishments will have 45 days to comply with this ordinance.
  • Certificates can not be duplicated. Individuals may only use their certificate at one location.
  • When and Where are the Classes Offered?

    Note: Classes are not offered at OCCHD facilities.

    Oklahoma Restaurant Association
    Francis Tuttle
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm
    OSU-OKC Campus
    900 N. Portland Ave
    Student Center Conference North, Floor 3

    Full Certification:

    Sept 22
    Oct 5
    Oct 13
    Oct 29
    Nov 11
    Nov 23
    Dec 10

    Clases en español

    9:00 am to 5:30 pm
    2 day courses
    Business Innovation Center
    2824 Progressive Dr
    Edmond, OK 73034
    (Located in the Cross Timbers Office Park)

    Full Certification:

    Oct 14 & 16
    Nov 5 & 6
    Dec 10 & 11

    Clases en español

    Clase es de dos días

    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Oklahoma City Community College

    Clase es de dos días
    Viernes 8AM-4PM
    Sábado 8AM-1PM

    Oct 23 & 24
    Nov 13 & 14

    Clases en espanol
    Beatriz Meyer

    4 Day Class
    Mondays and Wednesdays

    Oct 19, 21, 26, 28
    Dec 7, 9, 14, 16

    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.

    Online Options

    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 ONLY State Food Safety provides an online proctor, the other tests provided must be done at a license exam facility with a 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 to enroll in the test.

    The nationally-recognized testing options are:

    National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
    1-800-446-0257; 1-800-211-2754
    Exam: Offered in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Modern & Traditional Chinese
    Name of Exam: Food Safety Manager Certification


    Exam: Offered in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese
    Name of Course: Certified Professional Food Manager

    Website: (national) or (local)
    Exam: Offered in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French Canadian, Japanese, and Large Print
    Name of Course: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
    Exam: Only offered in English
    Name of Exam: Food Protection Manager Training & Certification
    Exam: English, Spanish
    Name of Exam: Food Manager Certification (ANSI-Certification)

    Frequently Asked Questions