Food Sanitation


Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Exam Prep (FOOD 440)

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Prepare and test for an ANSI-CFP Accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Examination. You’ll review critical topics, including personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage and food safety management systems. You’ll also learn the basics of training hourly employees, as well as how to identify the causes of foodborne illness; identify and apply correct procedures for cleaning and sanitizing; recognize problems and potential solutions associated with the facility; identify proper equipment and layout; and understand the Illinois code related to food service establishments. Exam is held on day 2 from 8-11a.m. Note: This course is for Food Service Managers. Cost: $225.

Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Exam Prep (Online) (FOOD 4401)

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Access all the study materials you need online to prepare and test for an ANSI-CFP Accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Examination. (See FOOD 440 for description.) Registration for the online course is ongoing. After registration, you will receive an access code for the online course via email. A limited number of seats are available for testing per session. Note: This course is for Food Service Managers. Cost: $225.

Additional Online Classes Available:

For more information about these programs, (815) 280-1555 or email

Recent changes to obtaining a Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate (FSSMC)
Currently, the State of Illinois requires a 15-hour training class and exam to initially obtain your Food Sanitation Manager Certificate.

Effective July 2014 – The State of Illinois requirement to obtain an initial certification will be an 8-hour class and exam.

FSSMC students will receive notification in the mail on whether they passed the exam. A score of 75% or better is needed to pass. Once the student is notified they have passed the exam, they will receive a computer-generated application from the State of Illinois. At that time, the student will complete the application and submit along it with the required $35 fee to the State of Illinois. If the student scores below 75%, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary provided they pay the re-testing fee of $80 at each attempt. To schedule a request, call (815) 280-1555. Before issuing a license, the State of Illinois will verify that the student is not more than 30 days delinquent in child support payments.

Re-Fresher Course
Effective July 2014 – A student must take an 8-hour course and exam every five years. The 5-hour refresher course will no longer be offered after June 30, 2014.

IDPH Food Handler Certification

Per Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 IL CS 625) amended per SB1495- all food handlers, other than someone holding a FSSMC license, must receive basic safe food handling principles training within 30 days after employment.

All food handlers working in an establishment where food is intended for immediate on site consumption shall have training completed by July 1, 2014. The training certificate is valid for three years. Enforcement will be limited to notification and education July 1- Dec. 31, 2014.

All food handlers working in non-restaurants (a kitchen in a nursing home, licensed day care home or facility, hospital, school, long-term care facility, or a retail store), shall have training completed by July 1, 2016. Non-restaurant employees are not required to take another food handling training unless they go to work for another employer.

Students must complete a course and assessment (40 question exam) either online or instructor-led. All ANSI approved food handler training courses will issue a certificate upon passing the assessment. Proof of training must be available in the facility upon inspector request. The State of Illinois will not issue food handler certifications. Students interested in taking the IDPH Food Handler Certification should go to

The cost of the training is $9.95. This online is class is available in English and Spanish.

Questions about your license?

For questions about your FSSMC license, contact:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Food, Drugs, & Dairies
525 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: (217) 785-2439