Last updated on August 22nd, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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ILLINOIS FOOD HANDLER REQUIREMENTS
- ALL food Handlers in Illinois are required to obtain a valid Food Handler Card within 30 days of their hire date.
- This is a MANDATORY requirement statewide for food handlers employed in both restaurants and non-restaurants.
- Food handlers employed in restaurants are required to obtain certificate from an ANSI – accredited provider.
- Food handlers employed in non-restaurants (primarily schools, health care and day care facilities) are not required to obtain their certificate from an ANSI accredited provider, but must still be able to provide proof of training upon request by the health department.
- Food Handler Certificate must be obtained from a program accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute).
- FoodHandlerSolutions.com is an ANSI accredited provider of Food Handler Online Training.
- Individual counties may have additional requirements and/or fees ranging from $15.00 to $20.00. The local health department should be contacted for more information.
- It is advised that all persons wishing to obtain their Food Handler Certificate check with the local health department for any additional requirements.
- Some counties may require proof of legal residence or the payment of a supplemental fee to issue a county food handler card.
- All the following apply –
- Certificate expires every 3 years and must be renewed
- A physical certificate is required
- Participation in a training class is required
- Classroom or On-line class participation is acceptable
- Class and exam duration is not specified – Average is 1 to 2 hours
- ANSI accredited Certificate is required for all staff working in a restaurant foodservice facility
On-Line Training & Certificate Exam
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- Available in English & Spanish (Español)
- Self-paced & Fast
- Interactive Environment
- Score of 75% or higher to required get your Food Handler Certificate
- Immediate ability to print your Food Handler Certificate after passing the exam
ILLINOIS Food Handler Card Information Snapshot
- All Illinois environmental health service departments require food handlers to obtain their education and Food Handler certificate from an ANSI accredited provider as required by their city or county.
- The requirements for the Food Handler Certificate may vary from county to county and is subject to change. It is advised to check with your local health department for specific renewal requirements.
- Food Handler Certificate is valid for 3 years in Illinois.
- Additional issuance fees (in most counties $15.00) may be required so please check with your local health department.
- Some counties may require proof of legal residency be presented to the local health department in order to receive a valid Food Handler Card.