The Food Handler License Program (FLP) allows food handlers to become licensed as a business.
In theory, the Food Handler Licensing Board (FLTB) would certify that a food handler has received training in food safety and is prepared to handle food that is prepared for human consumption, with the goal of reducing the amount of food that could be produced without a food safety training course.
In practice, this is a far cry from the vision of the food handler, and it is likely that many of the industry’s food handlers would find themselves in a similar situation.
FLTBs certification process is complicated, and the Board is not legally required to conduct training for food handlers.
To be eligible to apply for certification, a food owner must submit a certificate of compliance (COC) and a list of required documentation.
The COC contains information on the food handlers training curriculum and is required to be submitted in conjunction with a certificate.
The Board has no obligation to train food handlers and certifies food handlers based on a list compiled by the Food Safety Certification Board (FSCCB).
FLTB Certification Program and Certification Program Requirements Food handlers must meet the Food Handling Certification requirements and the FSCCB’s Food Safety Certificate program requirements.
A food handler certification program is designed to help food handlers in their transition from an apprentice to a full-time professional food handler.
Food handlers who are already certified can use the certification program to apply to become a fulltime food handler or to work as a food controller or as a part-time food server.
The FSCCC’s certification program requires that applicants provide evidence that they have received training from the Food Standards Administration (FSSA) and that they meet the requirements of the FSSA’s Food Handler Certification (FHC) program.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements can apply for a food handlers certification by submitting a certification request form.
If the applicant has already met the requirements for a full time food handler in the FSAA food handler training program, then they can submit a separate certification request for a part time food handlers program.
A part time Food Handler certification program allows a food person to serve as a “part-time” food handler for the purposes of applying for a Food Handler Program Certificate (FFP).
The FFP program allows applicants to earn a certificate in food handling certification.
Food Handler Certificate and Food Handler Credentials Food handlers may obtain a Food Handlers Certificate (FLC) from the FSIA (Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States) by demonstrating to the Board that they receive a food handling training program approved by the FSCA.
The application must contain a certificate that demonstrates that the applicant meets the requirements in the Food Handler Certification (FLTC) program and that he or she is familiar with and in compliance with all the requirements applicable to food handlers, including training and safety requirements.
The applicant must provide documentation that includes a certificate showing that the food handling program has been completed and that the Food handler has passed the Foodhandling Certificate Examination.
The certificate must be in the form of a written exam, and if it is a written examination, the examiner must conduct a personal interview to ensure that the person is familiar and competent to provide the information required for the certification.
A Food Handler’s Certificate is valid for a minimum of two years and is valid upon renewal.
A new food handler certificate must also be obtained.
To obtain a food handlers certificate, applicants must submit an application to the FSIC, a letter of intent from the applicant, and a certified copy of the application.
A letter of authorization from the food handler must be included with the application to obtain a new food handlers certificate.
If applicants do not have a valid Food Handles Certificate, they may obtain an FFC certificate by filing a certificate request form that includes the certification and the fee associated with the FFC program.
The Food Handling Certification Board may approve or deny applications.
Food Handers Certification and Certification Fees Food handlers are eligible to obtain food handlers certificates for a number of different purposes.
Applicators may receive a certificate as a replacement for a lost food handler’s license or for a new application.
If a foodhandler certifies for a fee, the fee is paid directly to the Food Service Corporation of America (FSSCA), which is a private, nonprofit corporation that provides services to food service establishments and other food service operations.
The FSCA charges the fee to the applicant and to the foodhandler in lieu of the cost of the certification course.
Foodhandler Certification and Training Program Fees A food handlers degree from a registered school may be the basis for obtaining food handlers certifications.
The certification fee may be waived for students who meet certain criteria and demonstrate financial need.
Students may be eligible for the fee if they complete the Food Training Certification Program (FTCP).
FTCP requires that the student must complete an FTC for the duration of the course and meet the standards for the FTC program.
If students meet all of the requirements listed above and pass the F