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Mississippi FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
|State Regulations||Food establishments in Mississippi must have at least one owner or supervisory employee become a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). The Mississippi State Department of Health may choose to exempt some food service establishments if they find them to pose a minimal risk of foodborne illness. We always recommend checking with your local health department for any additional certification and training requirements.|
|Approved Certification Exams||Always Food Safe
ServSafe and Prometric
|Food Safety Training Requirement||8 hours|
|Certificate Renewal||5 years|
How can I get my certificate?
You must have completed eight hours of training from an approved and accredited food protection manager certification training program and then take an accredited exam, for example ServSafe or Prometric.
Is there a minimum number of training hours?
Mississippi requires eight hours of training before you can take the exam. Training may be taken online or in person.
Does the Health Department require me to pay an additional fee to make my certificate valid?
Completing the eight hours of training and successfully completing one of the approved exams is all that is required in order to receive a Food Manager Certificate in Mississippi.
Does my Food Manager Certificate expire?
Your Food Manager Certificate expires after 5 years from the date of issuance. The date of issuance should be listed on your certificate.
How can I renew my certificate?
To renew your certificate, you will have to complete the training and take the certification exam again.
What is considered a food facility?
A food facility is described as an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends or provides food for consumption for a price. This includes any establishment that is held in a mobile, stationary, temporary or permanent establishment or location, where consumption is on or outside of the premises.
Do I need to have a Certified Food Protection Manager employed before I open my business?
Yes. The Mississippi State Department of Health will not grant a permit for a food facility until a certified manager is employed.
Can a person become a Certified Food Protection Manager for multiple food facilities?
No, they cannot, because the law requires one Certified Food Manager for each food facility to be present during every hour of operation.
What training do you provide in Mississippi?
- 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 or in-person via Prometric. Both providers are ANSI accredited and recognized by state and county health departments.
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