Food Service Certifications

Get the training you need to keep food safe. 

All commercial food establishments and restaurants in McLean County, Illinois, are required to employ a certified Food Service Sanitation Manager and certified Food Handlers. Holders of the Food Service Sanitation Managers Certification (FSSMC) are NOT required to have the additional Food Handler Certification.

What is a Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate?

This certification is designed to prepare your Food Service Manager to safely handle, produce, package and store products intended for sale to the public. Your Food Service Manager will be required to take an 8-hour Food Safety Sanitation Manager course and pass an accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. You can find more details on the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification website. It’s hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Certification Fee

Cost of the certificate is $35 and is valid for 5 years after the exam.

What is a Food Handler Training Certification?

Food Handler Training Certification is a new requirement.  A food handler is defined in the Illinois Food Code as, “an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces.” More information about how to earn this certificate can be found on our Food Handler Training Certification page.

Be aware that all employees who handle food in these establishments must become certified Food Handlers.