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Food Safety Manager Training and Exam
This manager-level food safety training course will prepare you to take the nationally approved Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.

Learning Objectives:
  • Be familiar with all types of food hazards 
  • Be particularly familiar with the most common, pervasive, and dangerous food hazards 
  • Know the different conditions and situations in which hazards enter food 
  • Know risk factors that make food service situations more vulnerable to hazards 
  • Have necessary resources to identify different foodborne illnesses, their symptoms, and associated foods 
  • Understand the fundamental behaviors, techniques, and practices that keep food safe 
  • Be prepared to teach and train employees on safe food practices 
  • Understand what types of programs and policies will help accomplish food safety goals 
  • Be able to follow specific steps to create and implement the most important food safety systems
  • Know how facility design can promote systemic food safety 

Practice Test 

This food manager practice test is designed to simulate the real test experience. It will help you identify areas of strength and weakness before you sit for the actual food manager exam! You can take this practice test as many times as you want. 

Food Protection Manager Certification Exam 

The Food Safety Manager Certification credential communicates to the food service and retail industry that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace. This credential is received by passing the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. 

Exam Content Description
Percent of Exam
Preventing Food Contamination
Food Worker Health and Hygiene
Equipment and Utensils
Managerial Responsibilities
Regulatory Compliance
and Records
Facility Design
How to Get Certified
How to Get Certified
  1. Select a course that includes the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.
  2. Select an exam session with a proctor. You can do this during the registration process or any time after.
  3. Purchase course and finish the registration process.
  4. Prepare for the exam with the StateFoodSafety Food Safety Manager Training and Practice Test.
  5. Take the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam at your scheduled proctored session. Don't forget your photo ID! *
  6. Print your Food Safety Manager Certificate from your account at ** This certificate is good for 5 years. The exam is closed book. You will be responsible for adhering to the Examinee Code of Ethics and all rules explained by the proctor.

*Must be a valid government-issued photo ID.

**Must pass the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam to receive a certificate
Training Demo
Training Demo

Sharpen your managerial skills and arm yourself with essential food safety know-how! Learn everything from how to prevent food hazards to how to create employee training programs. This course prepares you to take the Certified Food Protection Manager Exam.

Get a feel for what the exam will be like with this exam-taking tutorial.

What Food Managers Are Saying

“...I can definitely say this course was much more enjoyable and effective than the other course I took several years ago.”

“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and ease of the online course.”

“I would definitely recommend my family and friends to take [this] online course!”

Recommended Study
Do I need this training course, practice test, and exam?
The training is designed to prepare food managers (persons in charge) to take the nationally approved Food Protection Manager Certification Exam or to fulfill a demonstration of knowledge requirement. Training is optional in most areas; check your local requirements to be sure.

The practice test is optional, but is provided for free in this package!

The exam is designed to assess the knowledge of food managers and is required for those who wish to receive their Food Safety Manager Certification.

Is this exam equivalent to other Food Safety Manager Exams?
Yes, StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager exam is equivalent to the food protection manager certification programs from ServSafe (National Restaurant Association), the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), Learn2Serve (, and Prometric. The exam is ANSI accredited, meaning it meets the national standards for Food Safety Manager Certification Programs.

Are different StateFoodSafety certification exam forms equivalent to each other?
Yes, all forms are equivalent. Each form of the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is equivalent in difficulty and content to other exam forms. The forms were constructed by a psychometrician with a PhD in education, testing, or another measurement-related field, using a synthesis of Rasch item response theory (IRT) and classical test theory.

To request more information about exam equivalency, contact

How do I become a Certified Food Protection Manager?
For a full explanation of this process, view How to Get Certified.

How long will it take to get certified?
Training: 8 hours for the full course. You may choose to complete the full course or review only the topics you need. Stop and start as needed. Take the practice test to prepare for the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.
Exam: 2-hour time limit*
*Many examinees complete the exam in 60 minutes or less.

What is a passing score for the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification Exam?
The passing score for the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Exam is 750 points. You will receive an unofficial score immediately after you finish the exam. To access your official score, visit your StateFoodSafety dashboard and click on the exam transcript.

What is Scaled Scoring?
The StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification Exam uses a scaled passing score of 750 or higher. Scaled scoring provides comparable scores between examinees who may have taken different forms of an exam. If one exam form is slightly more difficult than another, its raw passing score—in other words, the number of correct answers required to pass the exam—might be slightly lower. However, the scaled passing score for both exams remains the same, giving the industry a consistent measurement of examinee candidates across all exam forms.

Be aware that this exam is a pass-fail certification exam. If one passing examinee receives a higher exam score than another, it does not necessarily mean that the examinee is a better qualified food safety manager. However, examinees may use the feedback after the exam, which explains how the examinee performed on each exam topic, to direct personal study. Failing examinees are encouraged to use this information to prepare for future exam attempts.

How long are my certificates good for?
The Food Safety Manager Training certificate and the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification are both valid for 5 years.

How long can I access the course?
When you purchase a StateFoodSafety course, you automatically get one year of unlimited access to the training videos. Take your time through the course or come back after completion to brush up on your food safety knowledge!

Certificate Reprint
Certificate Reprint

In most areas, you can reprint your required Food Manager Certificate by logging in to your account.

  1. Login.
  2. Find the Certificates window on your dashboard.
  3. Locate the digital version of your certificate and click View Certificate.
  4. Select Print or Email.

Note: In some areas, you get your official Food Manager Certificate from the local health department. If you have lost the card you received from your state, county, or local health department, you will need to call that health department to obtain a new card, permit, or certificate.

Example Certificate of Training
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Food Safety Manager Certification for Dummies
By: on Jun 8, 2020
Even though I've been in a managerial and director level of work for the past 28 years, I have no experience in the foodrestaurant industry so when my husband and I became franchisees for a casual fast food restaurant, I wanted to learn this material and be prepared to speak intelligently with and be able to help when I can our managers in the daily running of our restaurant. I found the program very easy to follow with good visuals, just enough written material in each slide to convey the required information and being able to test my abilities after each section and the practice test. I haven't taken the proctor test yet but I'm confident I will pass with flying colors thanks to this program. Going forward, I will pay for all my existing and incoming managers to get this course and get this certification.
Reply: Food Safety Manager Certification for Dummies on Jun 9, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the course. Good luck on your exam!
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By: on Apr 13, 2020
food safety manager certification package help full good job i like .
Well structured, exellent customer support.
By: on Dec 26, 2019
Professional, well structured, can get copy of certificate at any time, excellent customer support. Very convenient. Thank you guys!
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By: on Aug 2, 2019
The course is very helpful and easy to navigate. Love the avatars, and step by step procedures in the course. I would totally recommend this Statefoodsafety training course. Though the actual testing through their proctor is quite complicated ONLY WORK with google chrome or Firefox not for apple product so to avoid any hassle please make sure before you buy this course you have those applications Firefox, Google Chrome apps download to your computer first.
Reply: Certification Package.. on Sep 5, 2019
Thanks for your review, Joan! We're glad you enjoyed the course. Sorry the remote proctoring process felt complicated. We're working on making the steps more clear and visible on our website.
By: on Jun 27, 2019
The online course was very easy to navigate through. I find this program to be well put together and user friendly. I would highly recommend this to anyone one in the restaurant business. For owners and staff....
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