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Texas FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

State Regulations

Food facilities, acceptable by Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and handling, prepping, or serving exposed foods which are potentially hazardous, must hire a certified food manager. The Food Manager Certification should be acquired by successfully passing an accredited, approved exam, such as ServSafe or Prometric.

Certification Exam

Mandatory

Approved Certification Exams

ServSafe and Prometric

Food Safety Training Requirement

No

Certificate Renewal

Every 5 years at a state level

Additional Requirements

Some local counties have special requirements, for example, registering the Food Manager Certificate with the Health Department, or needing to pay an additional fee for the issuance of a Food Manager Certificate.

FAQs

Which facilities are excused from the Food Manager Certification requirement?

The following food facilities are excused from the requirement:

  1. Facilities that deal with only prepackaged food and do not package food
  2. Child care establishments
  3. Facilities that do not prepare or handle exposed foods that are potentially hazardous
  4. Nonprofit institutions

Do I need to maintain a copy of the manager certification at the food facility?

Yes, the original copy of the food manager certificate should be posted in an area in the food facility that is noticeable to consumers.

I took my Food Manager Certification exam in a different state. Will my certificate be valid in Texas?

Yes, it will be valid. Food Manager Certification exams provided by training programs that are accredited through the American National Standards Institute – Conference of Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) receive nationwide reciprocity. Although, it is important to remember that specific cities or counties have different requirements, for example, registering your certificate with the local health department. Check with your local health department for additional certification requirements and information.

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