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Virginia FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

State Regulations

All food facilities handling open food items that are potentially hazardous must have at least one certified food manager employed for each establishment. Individuals must acquire a Food Manager Certification from an approved, accredited training program.

Certification Exam

Yes

Approved Certification Exams

ServSafe and Prometric

Food Safety Training Requirement

In some counties

Certificate Renewal

5 years statewide. Specific counties vary.

Additional Requirements

Some counties have their own training and certification requirements. Contact your local health department for more information.

FAQs

Is there a minimum amount of hours of training to acquire the food manager certification?

Yes, for certain counties there is. Food facilities operating in Cheseapeake demand 16 hours of training for individuals receiving their certifications for the first and four hours of training for certification renewal. Check with your local health department for special training requirements in your county.

When does the Food Manager Certification expire?

This may depend on special requirements within your county. Food facilities operating in Fairfax County must renew their certification every 5 years. In Chesapeake, certified food managers must renew their certification every 3 years. Always check with your local health department because expiration dates vary between 3 to 5 years, depending on location.

Does the certified food manager need to be present at the food establishment at all times?

Foe certain counties, yes, they do. Food facilities operating in Fairfax County are required to be under the immediate management of a Certified Food Manager during every hour of operation. Check with your local health department for more information.

Do I have to register with the Environmental Health Services or get a card after I pass my exam?

The answer to this is dependent upon county. We recommend that you contact your local health department for more information, as requirements can vary based on county and location.

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