Food Handler Training Certification

Because food safety starts with you.



Food service establishment food handlers in McLean County, Illinois, must take an ANSI approved course to earn a Food Handler Training Certificate.

A food service establishment is…”where food is intended for immediate consumption, such as restaurants, bars or concession stands.”*

A food handler is…“an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils or food-contact surfaces.”*

The Food Handler Training Certification can be earned by taking a course online or in the classroom. The certificate is valid for three years.

*Illinois Food Code

Online Food Handler Certification Training


This is the easiest, quickest and most economical training for most individuals and food establishments. Cost of the online training is about $10 per trainee.

This ANSI certification can be carried with an individual to jobs at other food establishments.

List of approved training providers


Corporate Food Handler Certification Training programs


Large enterprise or franchise food establishments may choose to implement a company-owned Handler Training Certification program.
Enterprise-managed certifications cannot be carried by an employee to a job in another food service establishment or restaurant. Contact the McLean County Health Department at (309) 888-5482 to learn more.