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If you are looking for an affordable, fun and easy online food handler manager certification course, you are in the right spot. Get your Illinois Food Handler Card by clicking the button below.

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State Regulations
Establishments must always have at least one certified food manager on hand at all times. Otherwise, you could face penalties.
Certification Exam
Approved Certification Exams
Always Food Safe
Food Safety Training Requirement
Eight hours of training from a state-approved course.
Certificate Renewal
5 years
Additional Requirements
$40 certificate is 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.


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 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.

Yes. New foodservice 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. Foodservice facilities that are not in compliance with this due to employee turnover must employ another Certified Food Protection Manager within three months.

The certificate will be valid for five years from the issue date. You will be required to renew it after five years.

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.

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
  • Online Food Manager Training: A self-paced training that is online and incorporates different learning experiences such as graphics, audio, and cooperative learning exercises. This is a very effective learning program.
  • Online Study Guide: A study guide (20+ pages) that covers the major FDA food theories. This study guide also encompasses the Top 10 Tips to Passing the Food Manager Exam and two practice tests. All of these are done online.
  • Food Manager Exam: The test is conducted online via the Always Food Safe Company which is ANSI accredited and recognized by state and county health departments

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Remotely Proctored Exam Only
Perfect for individuals who feel confident without studying
Always Food Safe Certification Exam
Food Manager Certification (upon passing exam)
Includes 2 attempts to pass the proctored exam
Disclaimer: This option does not include any training. Training is highly advised and has shown to greatly improve test scores.
Study Guide + Remotely Proctored Exam.
Great for individuals who just need a quick refresher before the exam
Always Food Safe Certification Exam
Food Manager Certification (upon passing exam)
Includes 2 attempts to pass the proctored exam
PDF – Study Guide
Tips and Tricks: 10 Tips To Passing A Food Handlers Certificate Exam
Limited time discount
Remotely Proctored Manager Exam, Online Course, Study Guide and Practice Exam
Perfect for individuals who want to do well on the exam and be prepared
Normally $199
Always Food Safe Certification Exam
Food Manager Certification (upon passing exam)
Includes 2 attempts to pass the proctored exam
Full 14 Chapter Online Manager Training Program
PDF – Study Guide
Tips and Tricks: 10 Tips To Passing A Food Handlers Certificate Exam
Full Online Manager Training Course – Video Training
Unlimited Attempts Of The Online Practice Exam