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Rhode Island FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
|State Regulations||Rhode Island requires every food establishment that prepares potentially hazardous food to employ at least one full-time, on-site manager certified in food safety. A certified person in charge needs to be on-site at all times where food is being prepared and/or served. If the establishment employs the equivalent of ten or more full-time employees for food preparation, there needs at least two on-site certified managers.
If it’s your first time getting certified, Rhode Island requires you to take complete an 8-hour course from an approved provider. Once these requirements are met, you need to submit an application to the Center for Food Protection with an additional fee and they will issue a card for you.
|Approved Certification Exams||Always Food Safe
ServSafe and Prometric
|Food Safety Training Requirement||No|
|Certificate Renewal||5 years|
|Additional Requirements||All food service workers employed for organizations licensed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants must take and pass a food safety training course to acquire a food worker certificate from an accredited program.|
Does the food manager need to be present at the food establishment at all times?
When four or more employees are operating in a licensed food facility, a minimum of one certified food protection manager must be there. If there are three or less employees, the certified food manager does not need to be present during that time of operation.
Do I need to have a certified food protection manager on board before I open my business?
The law states that you have 30 days to make sure a food establishment has a certified food protection manager employed when a business is just started, there is a change in ownership, or the previous certified food protection manager quits.
Who is excused from the Food Manager Certification requirement?
Food service vendors that are temporary and vending machine workers.
What training do you provide in Rhode Island?
- 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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