Last updated on November 21st, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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Arizona FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
|State Regulations||The individual in charge must exhibit knowledge of foodborne illness prevention. Becoming a certified Food Protection Manager by passing an exam from an accredited program is one way of demonstrating such knowledge.|
|Certification Exam||Optional at a state level. Mandatory in some counties.|
|Approved Certification Exams||ServSafe and Prometric|
|Food Safety Training Requirement||In some counties|
|Certificate Renewal||5 years statewide. Specific counties vary.|
|Additional Requirements||Some local establishments have their own requirements in regard to certification and training. Contact your local health department for more information.|
Which Certification Exams are approved in Arizona?
Prometric and ServSafe are both approved certification programs in Arizona.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certificate is valid for 5 years throughout the entire state. Some counties have specific requirements however. Contact your local health department for more information.
Do I have to register with the Environmental Health Services after I successfully pass my exam?
This depends on the city/county where you will be working. For example, Maricopa County requires the original ServSafe or Prometric certificate, a government issued ID from the Maricopa County Environmental Health Division, and a license fee payment in order to receive the Certified Food Manager Identification. Contact your local health department for more information.
Do I need to have a certified food protection manager employed before I open my business?
According to law, you have 90 days to ensure that your food facility has a certified food protection manager employed when the business is just started, there was a change in ownership, or the previous certified food protection manager quits.