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California Food Handlers Card - Certification Courses

  • State of California
    Price: $7
    Term of Validity: 3 years
    ANSI Website Approved and Accepted


Why do I need Food Handler Safety Training and a California Food Handlers Card?

It's the Law. California Senate bills 602 and 303 require that workers involved in the service, handling, preparation or storage of food at a food facility hold a valid California Food Handlers Card. If you are recently employed, you are required to get a California Food Handlers Card within 30 days of the date you were hired.



Do I comply with the State of California Food Handler Card law?

When it comes to keeping your food and customers safe, ensuring that your employees hold valid certified food handlers cards is just as important as the cleanliness of your facility or the proper preparation and storage of foods. Knowing the principles of safe food handling is critical to the success of your business and the health of your customers. Unsanitary handling can lead to food contamination, foodborne illness, lawsuits, and other problems that have the potential to harm the reputation and bottom line of your restaurant.

The California Food Handler Card law is designed to ensure that cooks, chefs, kitchen staff and other food handlers receive training in the fundamentals of food safety and are equipped with knowledge of modern food safety practices in order to reduce the potential for foodborne illness or food contamination. Food handlers are defined as individuals involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility, So under this law most restaurant positions are subject to Food Handler Card requirements..

Individuals that work in restaurants, or those designated as food handlers within the food service industry, must obtain a California food handlers card within 30 days of the date of being hired and are required to hold a valid California Food Handlers Card for the duration of their employment.

The ANSI accredited food handler certification course covers the fundamentals of food safety and best practices in modern Food Safety. The California food handler certification test has a minimum passing score of 70 percent.



Managing Staff Certification Requirements 

To ensure you are in compliance and to keep your customers safe and your health inspectors happy, coordinate the training and testing of your staff so they can earn their food handling certifications. California Food Handler Classes provides a bulk purchase system for members who want to buy our course for multiple people without having to purchase each individually.

Buy in bulk for multiple Food Handler Card courses for your staff ,after your purchase has been completed, you will be assigned unique codes that can be redeemed for access to the course you have selected.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of employment roles and positions fall under the California Food Handler Card Law?

Most restaurant positions are subject to the California Food Handler Card Law. Food handlers are defined as individuals involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility.

Are there any exemptions ?

Certain statutory exemptions do exist including food handlers in:

  • Temporary food facilities (food booths).
  • Certified farmers’ markets.
  • Commissaries, grocery stores (including convenience stores).
  • Licensed health care facilities.
  • Mobile support units
  • Public and private school cafeterias.
  • Restricted food service facilities.
  • Retail stores where a majority of sales are from a pharmacy.
  • Venues with snack bar services in which the majority of sales are from admission tickets (excluding any area in which restaurant-style sit-down service is provided),
  • Certain food facilities with approved in-house food safety training.
  • Food facilities subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Any city, county, city and county, state or regional facility used for the confinement of adults or minors, including, but not limited to, a county jail, juvenile hall, camp, ranch, or residential facility,
  • An elderly nutrition program, administered by the California Department of Aging.
  • Food handlers subject to the local food handler programs in the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego and food handlers holding a valid Manager’s Food Safety Certificate pursuant to current food safety law.

The definition therefore effectively includes most restaurant employees such as those holding the positions of, but not limited to: Wait staff, chefs, head cooks, cooks, bussers, bartenders, host/hostesses that handle food, beverage pourers (including alcoholic beverage pourers), and supervisory personnel, such as the general manager or managers (unless they are certified under the existing food managers certification program).

The law applies to both salaried and hourly food handlers.