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Food Safety Classes

Typically, there are two levels of food safety training: a level for front-line employees and a more intense level of training for managers.

Food Handler Safety Class
The first level is often referred to as Food Handler Safety Class and is designed to meet the basic food safety needs of front-line food handlers. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department offers a Food Handler Safety Class on a monthly basis in our classroom at 227 E. Chestnut Expressway. Additionally, requests can also be made to have a class taught on location at a food establishment.

View our events calendar to find upcoming class dates and registration information for the Food Handler Safety Class. Click on the next class date to register. Registration is required. If you have problems registering online, please call (417) 864-1667. At this time, there is no charge for this training.

There are other opportunities to get staff trained in basic food safety. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department partners with StateFoodSafety.com to provide an online food safety training course. The course costs $10, and at the successful completion of the online test, a certificate can be printed with our department logo. This class is offered in six languages: English, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese and American Sign Language (ASL). At this time, the health department is not charging for this training, so only the $10 charged by the training company is required.

Food Protection Manager Certification
The second, and more intense, level of food safety training is often referred to as Food Protection Manager Certification. The 2009 FDA model food code Section 2-102.11 requires that:

"The PERSON IN CHARGE shall demonstrate their knowledge in food safety by being a certified FOOD protections manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an ACCREDITED PROGRAM." 

*This is just one of the ways to meet the demonstration of knowledge, refer to the code section linked above for additional information.

Currently there are four exams that will meet the criteria listed above and which are recognized by the Conference for Food Protection. They are:

All of these exams must be proctored in order to receive this certification. Training for these exams can be accomplished through a number of training programs as long as the accepted exams listed above are used.

Although the Springfield-Greene County Health Department does not offer training at this level, StateFoodSafety.com does have online manager certification available. The training alone is $58 or the training plus the Prometric Food Protection Manager Exam is $108. Prometric has testing centers are located all over the country and there is one located in Springfield. 

There are several other resources in the Springfield community for preparing for one of the exams listed above. Missouri State University (BMS 338) and Ozarks Technical Community College are two resources you should check if you need certification options.  You may also want to visit the ServSafe website.