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Washington DC FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

State Regulations

No individual should work as a food vendor without a Food Protection Manager Certificate and a Department of Health-issued (DOH-Issued) Certified Food Protection Manager Identification Card.Each individual in charge should be certified by a food protection manager certification program that is approved and accredited by the Conference for Food Protection Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.

Certification Exam

Mandatory

Approved Certification Exams

ServSafe and Prometric

Food Safety Training Requirement

No

Certificate Renewal

3 years

Additional Requirements

After successfully passing an approved training program such as Prometric or ServSafe, show the original certificate to the Food Protection Division for Certified Food Manager’s Identification Card distributed by the Department of Health.Contact the Food Protection Division at (202) 535-2180 for more information.

FAQs

How can I get the Food Manager Certification?

Certification must be acquired from an approved food protection manager certification program that is also accredited by the Conference for Food Protection Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification, such as ServSafe or Prometric.

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

After successfully passing an approved and accredited certification training program, such as ServSafe or Prometric, show the original certificate to the Food Protection Division to obtain a Certified Food Manager’s Identification Card issued by the Department of Health. For more information, contact the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division at (202) 535-2180.

Is there a minimum number of training hours?

No, there is not. Successfully passing an approved Food Protection Manager Certification exam is satisfactory. Although, a food safety course is highly recommended to assist in passing the certification exam.

Does the Certified Food Protection Manager need to be present at the food establishment at all times?

Yes, they do need to be present. The District of Columbia Department of Health requires that the individual in charge of the facility be present during every hour of operation.

Is the facility required to keep a record the Food Manager’s certification?

Documentation that each individual in charge is a certified food protection manager with an understanding of food safety should be posted in a noticeable area in the food facility next to the food facility license. This documentation should be removed when the person is no longer working on-site for the facility.

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