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About the Course

This online food handler certificate course focuses on safe food preparation and handling techniques and is intended for anyone that works in food preparation, storage, or service.

The course content is based on the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code. Upon completion of the course, you can immediately print your food handler certificate and wallet card.

This Food Handlers - Safety First Principles course was developed by National Registry of Food Safety Professionals for Food Handlers. This course is accredited by ANSI and is accepted by law in Illinois.

Illinois state law requires all food handlers to obtain a food handler certificate from an ANSI accredited provider within 30 days of employment.

Course Features

This food handler safety course takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete and is available in English & Spanish with full audio narration.

Our training course works on all computer devices including: smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. If needed, you can conveniently switch back and forth between your phone (or tablet) and your computer, while taking the course, and you will always be returned to your most recent progress. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer or mobile device and train any time, anywhere.

You have 1 year from enrollment to complete this course. You can log in and out of your training account and your place in the course will be saved.

After successfully completing this course and 50 question multiple choice final exam (you must get a 75% to pass), you will be able to immediately print your official certificate.

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Intended Learning Objectives

This food handler certificate course will teach you the importance of safe food handling as well as how to properly clean and sanitize your establishment.

This course consists of an introduction, seven lessons, and a 50 question multiple choice final exam. Click on each lesson below to view the topics for the intended learning objectives in that lesson.


Topics in this Lesson:

  • Introduction to Food Handler Training

Unit One - Microbiology & Illness

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Biological Contamination
  • Food Allergies and Intolerance
  • Bacteria
  • Time and Temperature Control for Safety Foods

Unit Two - Contamination & Prevention of Illness

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Causes of Contamination
  • Preventing Bacterial Contamination

Unit Three - Controlling Time & Temperature

Topics in this Lesson:

  • How to Keep Food Out of the Danger Zone
  • Checking Temperatures

Unit Four - Preparing & Presenting Food

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Cooking
  • Spoilage and Preservation
  • Delivery and Storage
  • Food Rotation

Unit Five - Personal Hygiene

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Hand Washing
  • Reporting Illness
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Simple Safety Precautions

Unit Six - Pests

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Pests and Pets

Unit Seven - Preventing Problems

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Preventing Problems

Final Exam

  • 40 multiple-choice questions - you must score at least 70% to pass

Food Handler Certificate

Your food handler card is available to print or save immediately after you complete the course and it will be emailed to you. Your completion data will also be uploaded to National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Your printable certificate includes 3 parts: a Certificate of Completion, a wallet card, and a part for your employer to keep on file.

Your certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of completion in the state of Illinois.

Ilinois Recognized Training

This National Registry of Food Safety Professionals food handlers course is ANSI accredited and accepted statewide in Illinois.

View NRFSP's ANSI Accreditation here.

View NRFSP's Food Handler Course Candidate Information here.

View NRFSP's Food Handler Course Appeals and Complaints Process.