Accreditation provides national level certification for food handlers in all 50 states FHC is approved in
SHERMAN, Tex. - (March 30, 2015) - Innovative North Texas-based technology company DSBWorldWide, Inc. (DSB) and the Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) are pleased to announce they have received accreditation for FoodHandlerClasses.com from American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). The certification recognizes FoodHandlerClasses.com course as an ANSI-accredited course, and provides national level certification for food handlers in all 50 states. The ANSI accreditation ID awarded to FHC is 1135.
The comprehensive and at times arduous process of obtaining ANSI certification dates back almost a decade to 2006, when Tony Dean, founder and CEO of DSBWorldWide, Inc., took a phone call from Amanda Brogdon of the Grayson County Health Department. The GCHD wanted DSB to move the county’s food handler training program online. Dean immediately recognized an opportunity to expand the online course statewide, and he then approached Steve De’Vore, former Director of the Health Department, regarding making the program available for use by all cities and counties within the State of Texas. Once this initiative received state approval, Grayson County and DSB moved into partnership, and DSBWorldWide, Inc. (dba Food Handler Classes) launched FoodHandlerClasses.com with Grayson County Health Department. GCHD provided the updates to the course curriculum content and the upkeep of exam items while DSB handles all other aspects of the Food Handler’s Course, including design, marketing, software, search engine optimization, accounting, sales, customer service, and ongoing updates and maintenance.
During FoodHandlerClasses.com’s State of Texas start up phase, DSB developed an examination system to go along with the certificate issuance, and even promulgated the online issuance of local level certificates representing the local health departments in addition to the state level certificate. Dean wisely decided to focus on search engines as the nascent company’s primary source of marketing. This unique strategy paid off as local health departments around the State of Texas recognized the benefits of providing food handlers an easy method of attaining their State of Texas approved food handler certification.
With Food Handler Classes firmly established as a leader in providing online training for food handlers in the State of Texas, Dean began to expand beyond the state’s borders to make the company’s valuable training available in other states. But after successfully rolling out FoodHandlerClasses.com in Colorado, Kansas, New Jersey, Idaho and Illinois, Dean hit a roadblock. He discovered a number of states required such programs to be ANSI accredited.
Not one to back down from a challenge, Dean researched the requirements for ANSI accreditation, and launched a three-year endeavor that involved enlisting the aid of John Teel, former Director, with the Grayson County Health Department. Together, DSB and the GCHD agreed to pursue accreditation. After receiving initial ANSI approval of their application, Dean and Jeff Lillis, Environmental Health Director and Registered Sanitarian with the GCHD, attended a preliminary ANSI workshop in Washington DC at the ANSI headquarters to get a firm feel of ANSI standards. Dean, along with and the DSB team which includes Dave Brock (Courses Director), Graham New (Creative Director), JP Wilson (Senior Engineer), Nych Coelho (Junior Engineer) and Ivonne Gonzalez (Courses Support), worked hand in hand with GCHD Director Amanda Ortez, and GCHD employees Jeff Lillis, Amanda Brogdon (WIC Director and Registered Sanitarian), Marshall Ward (Registered Sanitarian) and the other health inspectors to update the Food Handler Classes course materials and exam items to meet FDA code and ANSI standards, which permits the course to be used in all 50 states. Dean also recognized the invaluable contribution of psychometrician Jim Zukowski, Ed.D., who played a major role in helping the team overcome some major obstacles and helped the program to become legally defensible.
As part of the ANSI application process an Oversight Body was formed to oversee the Certificate Program Plan, curriculum and exam items. Tony Dean, CEO of DSB, Food Handler Classes, chaired the Oversight Body. Current and former members include:
- Secretary: David Brock, Courses Director – DSBWorldWide, FHC
- Jeff Lillis, Environmental Director – Grayson County Health Department
- Amanda Brogdon, Registered Sanitarian & Nutrition, WIC Director
- Jim Zukowski, Ed.D., Psychometrician
- Ivonne Gonzalez, Food Handler, Hispanic Representative
- Char Lynch, Food Manager, Owner Representative
- Susan Yates, Safety/Food Safety Specialist, Southwest Division, Kroger
- Kelly Milam, General Manager, IHOP Restaurant
A cut score committee was also organized to establish the passing score for the exam. Cut Score Committee members include:
- Jeff Lillis - GCHD Environmental Health Program Manager
- Heather Rogers – Restaurant Manager
- Melba Runnels – Sherman Independent School District
- Pun Webster - Teriyaki Jar, Owner
- Mike Cameron - Site Director Lone Star #5 - Douglass Dist.
- Dollie Graham - Site Director Lone Star #50 - Douglass Dist.
- David Brock – DSBWorldWide, Inc.
- Tony Dean – DSBWorldWide, Inc.
ANSI assigned two assessors to review the entire program throughout the process, to ensure it met ANSI standards. Once the assessors felt the program met requirements, the Certificate Program was presented to the ANSI CAP meeting for final review. After months of collaboration, research and a lot of old fashioned hard work to develop materials and streamline the course, DSBWorldWide, Inc. and Grayson County Health Department, are proud to announce that ANSI has given accreditation to FHC, FoodHandlerClasses.com, on March 27, 2015.
It has been a long journey, but one that was certainly worth taking,” Dean said. “If it had not been for Amanda Brogdon contacting me way back in 2006 and if I had not answered the phone that day, the ANSI accredited FHC online course would not be in place today.”
About DSBWorldWide, Inc.
DSBWorldWide, Inc. is a professional creative graphic services agency geared towards providing businesses with a full range of online marketing tools and web based materials. As a creative design house our team of website developers, web designers and online marketing experts provides consultation, strategic thinking, branding, brand positioning, brand development, artwork, graphics, video and a full range of online design solutions.
DSB is recognized as one of the top Web Site Design and Development firms in Dallas and North Texas. DSB offers international and national level creative graphic agency services for businesses throughout the state of Texas and across the country.
DSB was recently recognized as one the top 25 design firms in Dallas, Texas.
For more information about DSBWorldWide, Inc., visit www.dsbworldwide.com.
FoodHandlerClasses.com provides a food handler training certificate service via an online learning environment with integrated exam platform. This web-based service utilizes educational curriculum and exam materials provided by Grayson County Health Department. GCHD maintains the food handler educational curriculum and exam materials updating them to meet the standards required for the ANSI accreditation/renewal process.
For more information about FoodHandlerClasses.com visit www.foodhandlerclasses.com.
The FoodHandlerClasses.com accreditation with ANSI can be found by visiting https://www.ansica.org/wwwversion2/outside/ALLdirectoryDetails.asp?menuID=212&prgID=212&prgID1=212&orgID=2133&status=4.
The American National Standards Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.
For more information about ANSI visit www.ansi.org/