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Certificate Issuance and Usage Policy


The purpose of this document is to provide clarity about how the certificates are issued and used by EduClasses® employees, partnered health department officials, and external entities.


Food handler certificates are issued to students seeking food handler education upon completion of the food handler course.


  • "Certificate" – defined as a document issued after academic study of online course material and successful completion of online exam.
  • "Certificate issuance" – defined as the act of delivering a certificate via Food Handler Classes online food handler training service.
  • "Certificate usage" – understood to mean the intended use of the certificate by the food handler client/student with regards to regulatory health official's requirements.
  • "Successful completion" – understood to mean the receipt of a passing score or percentage upon completion of the online exam, the baseline of which is defined by partnered health department officials, state laws or regulations, and/or legislative documents.

Course completion and certificate issuance

Course completion and certificate issuance are based upon several factors:

  • Client / Student has properly signed-up and completed their profile
  • Client / Student has purchased the course in need or entered codes from a group order made on their behalf
  • Client / Student has read and studied all course material.
    • Sections are marked "Studied" when the timer for that section has counted down to "0", zero.
    • When all sections are marked "Studied", then the Client / Student can continue forward with the course.
  • Exam Course
    • Client / Student will have 3 opportunities to pass the exam
    • Client / Student must pass the exam with a 70% or greater score
  • Once Client / Student has passed the exam, they will then be issued a certificate.
  • The Client / Student can access the certificate for viewing / printing any time during the life of the certificate.
  • Once the certificate has expired, the Client / Student will have to purchase and pass the course again before accessing their new FoodHandlerClasses.com certificate

Certificate Usage:

  • Please Note: Certificate use is defined and dictated by partnered health department officials, state or local laws or regulations, and /or legislative documents.
  • EduClasses dba Food Handler Classes, FHC®, FoodHandlerClasses.com, does not grant credentials or acronyms to any individual successfully completing any of its certificate programs.
  • Students must present their certificate to their employer. A copy of the certificate is to be kept at the employee's place of business.
  • Students may print their food handler certificates upon completion of the course from their account.
  • Students use their food handler certificate to provide proof of satisfactory completion of the food handler safety course to their employer and health department.
  • Students may reprint their certificate from FoodHandlerClasses.com at anytime while their certificate is valid. Sample reasons for reprinting their certificate would be: change of employment or lost certificate.

Last updated: 4/7/2024