Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about food handler training? Below, you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to our 100% online food handler training courses.

What is food handler training?

Food handler training is a certificate program that teaches food service employees proper techniques for preparing and handling food. The majority of food service employees in the United States are required by their state or a local governing entity to complete food handler training.

What will I learn in food handler training?

To improve public health and reduce the risk of foodborne illness, students of our food handler training courses will learn about hygiene standards, food contamination, causes and symptoms of foodborne diseases, cleaning and sanitization procedures, time and temperature controls, and more.

Who needs food handler training?

Food handler training is designed for food service employees who work with unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils or food contact surfaces. A valid certificate in food handler training is often a job requirement for cooks, wait staff, hosts and hostesses, bartenders, barbacks and workers in a variety of other positions at food establishments. Training requirements vary depending on your job and location, so you should always ask your employer about the specific type of training you need.

What is a food handler card?

When you complete a food handler training program, you will receive a food handler card or certificate. You must provide this document to your employer to prove you completed an accepted course on food safety. Most workers who handle food are required by their state or a local governing entity to earn and regularly renew a certificate in food handler training.

Is your food handler program ANSI-accredited?

Yes, our online program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to issue food handler certificates in every state. If your employer says that you need to complete an ANSI-accredited food handler program, you can take our online training course to satisfy that requirement.

How long does food handler training take?

Food handler training course requirements vary from state to state, but most programs take just 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. You can train at your own pace and take the final exam whenever you are ready. Whether you want to finish the course in one sitting or split up your training into multiple sessions, our online programs provide a simple and convenient training solution.

What is your refund policy?

We maintain a commitment to your satisfaction with our training programs. If you are not happy with your learning experience, please view our refund policy to learn about your refund options.