Food Handler Certificate Program Information



The purpose of this program is to provide the knowledge required for food handlers to safely handle, prepare, and serve food to the public.


The Food Handler program is meant to provide the skills needed at a food handler level only. It does not cover the broader role of a food manager.

Program Requirements:

In order to complete this course, participants will need to register and purchase the online course through Food Service Prep at

In order to be granted their Food Handler Card, participants must:

Complete all modules of the course;

Pass the assessment with at least a 70% score; and

Complete the program evaluation.

Food Handler Cards will be emailed to participants in a PDF format upon successful completion of the program. Additionally, the Food Handler Cards can be viewed at any time on the user dashboard at

There are no continuing education credits issued for this course.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Identify what a foodborne pathogen is

Identify the Big 6 Foodborne Pathogens

Identify some of the hazards and contamination types associated with foodborne illnesses including biological, chemical, and physical hazards and contamination

Identify the risks associated with bare-hand food contact

Identify the correlation between cooking temperature and time and foodborne illnesses

Identify how to properly store, thaw, and heat foods

Identify correct thermometer use and calibration methods

Identify what an approved source is

Identify the association between personal hygiene and food safety

Identify which steps to take to ensure personal hygiene follows the recommended protocols to mitigate the spread of foodborne illnesses and food contaminants

Identify what to do in case of being sick or being diagnosed with an illness

Identify how policies in place help to prevent food illnesses

Identify proper glove use for the prevention of foodborne illnesses

Identify the difference between cleaning and sanitizing

Identify how to properly clean and sanitize utensils and equipment

Identify what cross-contamination is and the risks associated with it

Identify how to prevent cross-contamination

Identify ways to ensure proper housekeeping is followed


Qualifications of Program Developers:

All authorized Food Service Prep program developers have a background and extensive experience in training and online course instruction. Food Service Prep courses have been developed in collaboration with individuals who have relevant experience in the field.

Inferences Which Can Be Made Regarding Certificate Holders:

A Food Service Prep program certificate is documentation of the successful completion of the certificate program.

Updates to the Program:

Certain aspects of the program may be updated periodically. Any updates made to the Food Handler Program will be reflected on this webpage with a change log indicating which aspects of the program were updated. The last updated date at the bottom of the page will indicate when this was last updated.


Last Updated:


Change Log:

02/01/2022: Added Inferences Which Can Be Made Regarding Certificate Holders Information