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 Protection Manager (CFPM) and certified Food Handlers. Holders of the Certified Food Protection Manager certification are NOT required to have the additional Food Handler Certification.

What is a Certified Food Protection Manager 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 pass an accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. You can find more details on the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification website. It is hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health. McLean County providers are listed here.

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.