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Illinois FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

State Regulations All food service facilities (Category III establishments exempt) should have a certified food service manager on site at all times. The Food Sanitation Certification should be attained by completing an accredited and approved course and a monitored exam.
Certification Exam Mandatory
Approved Certification Exams ServSafe and Prometric
Food Safety Training Requirement Eight hours of training from a state-approved course.
Certificate Renewal 5 years
Additional Requirements $40 certificate payable to the Health Department (IDPH or City of Chicago, depending on business location). *The City of Chicago fee is included in our certification packages.

FAQs

How can I get my certificate?
To obtain a Food Sanitation certification in the state of Illinois, you are required to:

  1. Complete a state-approved eight hour Food Service Sanitation Manager course
  2. Successfully pass a state-approved exam (score at least a 75%)
  3. Pay the $40 certificate fee to the Illinois Department of Public Health or the City of Chicago (this is for the issuance of a local certificate*).

The State of Illinois requires all Food Safety Certification training to be supervised by a certified administrator or instructor from the program. *The health department fee is included in our City of Chicago program packages. However, students employed outside the City of Chicago are required to attain an IDPH certificate by submitting an application through the IDPH website.

Do I need to have a Certified Food Protection Manager employed before I open my business?
Yes. New food service facilities should have a Certified Food Protection Manager from the starting date of operation or should provide documentation showing enrollment in an approved course which should be completed within three months. Food service facilities who are not in compliance with this due to employee turnover must employee another Certified Food Protection Manager within three months.

How long is my Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate valid for?
The certificate will be valid for five years from the issue date. You will be required to renew it after five years.

I was certified in a different state. Is my Food Protection Manager Certificate valid in Illinois?
Only the Illinois Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certification (IL FSSMC) is considered acceptable by local health departments. The reciprocity procedure is only for those with authorized City of Chicago certificates and those that took courses outside of Illinois. Anyone taking the courses as training and exam in Illinois, must work through an approved instructor in Illinois.

Are any facilities excused from the Certified Food Protection Manager requirement?
According to Category III in the Illinois Food Code, some establishments are excused from this certification requirement. These are establishments where:

  • Only pre-packaged foods are made available or served by the establishment, and any potentially hazardous foods are commercially pre-packaged in a processing plant;
  • There is limited handling of non-potentially hazardous foods and beverages, such as snack foods and beverages; or
  • Strictly beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) are provided at the establishment.

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