Food Handlers & Managers | Department of Public Health (2023)

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Q: What is the benefit of having the course only online?
A: Due to the large geographical area of San Bernardino County, it may have been inconvenient for residents who needed food handler cards to travel to one of our testing facilities. In order to serve our clients more efficiently, an online training and test has now been made available. The training and test is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The online training and test will benefit San Bernardino County residents because of the cost and time that will be saved in not having to drive to a testing facility. Additionally, the training and test can be taken at your own pace and in the comfort of your home.

Q: How long does the training and test take to complete?
A: The training and test take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Q: I don’t have a computer available to me. How can I take the course?
A: You can take the course on any computer that has internet access. Many employers provide computers, and local libraries also have computers available. If those resources are not an option, computers are available at the following San Bernardino County Workforce Development Resource Centers:

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15555 Main St. Suite #G-4
Hesperia, CA 92345

Rancho Cucamonga
9650 Ninth St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

San Bernardino
658 E. Brier Dr. Suite #100
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Q: I took the course online from another county, program or company and have a card. Will you accept it?
A: No, food handler cards from other counties, programs or companies are not accepted. Food service industry employees working in San Bernardino County are required to obtain their food handler card from San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services only.

Q: What is the cost for taking the course and getting my food handler card?
A: The cost to obtain your food handler card is $22. Only credit, debit and prepaid debit cards are accepted.

Q: How many questions will be on the test? What happens if I fail?
A: There are 40 questions on the test and you may not miss more than 8 questions. You will have 2 opportunities to take the test for each $22 fee.

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Q: Can I reprint my food handler card?
A: Yes, you can reprint your food handler card by logging in to the training course with the same username and password that you created when you registered to take the course and print your card.

Q: Do I need to give a copy of the food handler certificate to my employer?
A: Yes, your employer must have a copy of your current valid Certified Food Handler card available at their food facility. The large certificate should be given to the food facility as proof of taking the training and passing the test. The smaller wallet-sized certificate can be kept in the employee’s wallet.

Q: How many times can I take the online course?
A: You can take the online course as many times as necessary until you successfully pass the course. When you sign up and pay the $22 fee, you will be eligible to take the test twice. If you fail both times, you will have to pay the $22 fee again and be given 2 more opportunities to pass the course.

Q: If I sign up online but did not take the course, can I get a refund?
A: You may appeal for a refund from if you have not yet entered the online course or assessment. Please see below for refund policy:

Refund appeals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are issued by an accounting or client services representative. Refunds will not be issued to people who have completed their online assessment and received a certificate. Refunds will not be issued due to user error. Each customer must create their own account with a user log in and password. Refunds will not be issued via cash or check. Refunds may only be issued to the customer account used for the initial transaction.

Q: Will the colleges and other third parties be able to offer your course?
A: No. You must take the training and assessment through SB County’s website where a link is provided for the food handler course.

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Q: If I lose my food handler card, where can I get a replacement card?
A: You can log on to the San Bernardino county website food handler link to reprint your food handler card using the username and password you created when you registered to take the course.

Q: What type of identification will I need in order to take the course online?
A: You will obtain the information at the time of taking the online course, but at a minimum the identification required is first and last name, address, date of birth, gender, and name of employer. You will also need a valid email address to take the course.

Q: The test is skipping, isn’t loading or other technical difficulties are occurring. What should I do?
A: Please visit for all technical difficulties. You have the option to email questions to or complete an online webform These options are available to the public from 6 AM – 6 PM Pacific Standard Time. You may also call the toll free customer support-line that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-801-494-1416.

Q: Do you offer the online course in languages other than English?
A: The course is also offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.

Q: Can I stop the training or test, save my spot, and continue to take the training or test at a later time?
A: Yes, you are able to stop the training or test, save your spot and continue at a later time and restart from where you left off. If you are not able to pass with an 80% or higher on your first attempt, you are automatically issued a second test attempt. If you are unable to pass the second time, you will need to repurchase and re-watch the course.

Q: Why is food handler training so important?
A: Food safety has been an important issue in the restaurant industry for decades. Foodborne illnesses are still a major problem in the United States. The CDC estimates that each year 9.4 million Americans get sick, more than 55,900 are hospitalized, and a shocking 1,351 people die from foodborne illnesses just from known pathogens.

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Although significant advancements have been made over the last 20 years to educate food service handlers about safe food handling practices, there has been no change since 1984 in the top 3 causes of foodborne illness attributed to food service handlers, those being: poor personal hygiene, improper holding temperatures, improper cooling procedures.

Since the majority of foodborne illnesses are attributed to food service handlers, and the top contributing factors are related to handlers behavior, the importance of the training food handlers receive is critical. As more people are expected to eat out more in the future, no time has ever been more important than now to have an effective food safety as a top priority. While many restaurants currently employ various efforts to ensure food safety, the fact of the matter is people are still getting sick on a daily basis and we must continue to be vigilant.

Q: If I fail the test, do I have to retake the test that same day?
A: No, you don’t. You have as many days to retake the test as you need. You have the option to retake the test immediately or at a later date.

Q: Am I able to save my Food handler certificate to my computer or flash drive?
A: Yes, you can save your Food handler certificate. We recommend that you do this so you can print your Food handler certificate again if you need too. Please do not make copies of the original certificate because this may reduce the quality of the certificate.

Q: Will you accept a voucher I received from HSS and/or the Workforce Development Department?
A: Environmental Health Services will no longer accept the old vouchers submitted through HSS and the Workforce Development Department. Both departments can obtain prepaid numbers through: You may use these prepaid numbers to access the training, take the test and obtain your food handler card.

Q: I have a food handler card before the new online training and test was offered on September 1st, 2011 and lost it. Can I get a duplicate card?
A: We no longer issue duplicate cards from our old database system. If you need a replacement card, you must retake the test by visiting the Food Handler Training link.

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Q: If I have the manager’s certification, do I still need the food handler card?
A: No, the manager’s training and certification supersedes the food handlers card.


How many questions are on the Nevada health card test? ›

The test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. A passing score is 70% or better. After passing the test, the fee will be collected, and the three-year Food Handler Card will be issued.

Do you need a food hygiene certificate to sell tea and coffee? ›

In the UK, food handlers don't have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food. You must however be able to demonstrate that they have received instructions or supervision in the following ways: training on-the-job. self-study.

How many questions are on the Oregon food handlers test? ›

A: In Oregon, you must answer 15 out of 20 questions correctly in order to pass the test with a minimum score of 75%.

Can I work with food if I have a cold? ›

However, the affected area should be covered in a way that means the chance of infection is reduced to a safe level. However, any area that cannot be covered, such as eyes and noses, are a danger. The person showing symptoms must not work with food.

Is the food handler exam hard? ›

Although the Food Handler Certificate exam isn't difficult, it's essential for students to study the course material properly and understand the safety rules for handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of individuals becoming sick from food-borne illnesses.

Can I take the Nevada food handlers test online? ›

Online Exam – 2 Attempts Available (Available in English or Spanish ) 40 Question ANSI Accredited Exam that can be taken 100% online, with no need for a proctor .

Can I sell my homemade cakes? ›

Register your business with your Local Authority. Take the relevant training for food hygiene at home. Prepare your home kitchen for a visit from the Environmental Health Officer (EHO). Understand and implement your due diligence and HACCP.

What temperature should food be cooked to? ›

Note: There are three important temperatures to remember when cooking meat or eggs at home: Eggs and all ground meats must be cooked to 160°F; poultry and fowl to 165°F; and fresh meat steaks, chops and roasts to 145°F. Use a thermometer to check temperatures.

What is the danger zone for hot food? ›

The temperature danger zone is between 41°F and 135°F. TCS food must pass through the temperature danger zone as quickly as possible. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Always use a thermometer to check internal food temperatures.

How long does it take to get a food handlers permit Oregon? ›

How long does it take to complete the process? It depends on reading and retention speed, generally should take about 30 – 60 minutes.

How long does the Oregon Food Handlers test take? ›

All food workers in Oregon must obtain certification within 30 days of their hire date (OAR 333-175).
Frequently Asked Questions.
Testing TypeLanguagesTime Required
Online Food handler TestEnglish, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese30 - 40 minutes
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How long is Oregon Food Handlers card good for? ›

The State of Oregon requires all food handlers pass a test and get a food card within 30 days of employment. Food handler cards are valid for 3 years upon successfully passing the test.

What do you say when you call in sick with a cold? ›

Try saying: "I woke up today feeling pretty badly, and I think I'm coming down with a fever. I don't want it to get worse, and I'm worried about infecting my colleagues. I think it's best for me to take the day off and rest up so I can come back tomorrow. Thanks for your understanding, and I'll see you tomorrow."

Where should you wash food handling equipment? ›

Separate cleaning equipment must be used for food areas and toilet areas and all equipment should be cleaned and dried after use and stored in areas away from food. Internal waste disposal is needed throughout the food preparation area so that no-one has to walk across the area carrying handfuls of waste.

What temperature should reheated food be? ›

*All parts of the food must reach a temperature of at least 165°F for 15 seconds. Reheating must be done rapidly, within 2 hours after being removed from refrigeration. Foods reheated in a microwave oven must be reheated so that all parts of the food reach a temperature of at least 165°F.

Is the food safety exam multiple-choice? ›

The ServSafe manager exam is given in a proctored environment and has 90 multiple choice questions. You are required to score 75% or better on the exam to receive certification.

How many questions can you miss on ServSafe test? ›

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A passing score is 70% or higher. This is obtained by answering at least 56 out of 80 questions correctly. The exam has 90 questions; however there are 10 pilot questions that are for research purposes only.

How many times can you take the ServSafe test? ›

You will need to purchase a new exam each time you need to retest. You can take the examination twice within 30 days. If you don't pass the exam on your second attempt, you must wait 60 days from your most recent attempt before taking the exam again. No more than four attempts are allowed within a 12 month period.

How much is a food handlers card in Las Vegas? ›

The total cost of a Food Handler Safety Training card is $20. An additional $15 is charged to renew an expired card. The card is valid for three years.

Can you work without a health card in Nevada? ›

Yes in Nevada you need a foodhandler card if you work there.

Do you need a food handlers card in Nevada? ›

Does Nevada require food handler training? A food handler card is required in Clark County, including Las Vegas. To earn a Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) food handler card, you need to take a food safety test in person at a local SNHD office.

What can I bake and sell from home? ›

Cupcakes, brownies, and cookies are always winners, but any small, portable baked items are good bake sale ideas. Note that bake sale cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and muffins are easier to package and sell by the piece than are cakes and pies.

How do I start a small cake business? ›

Let's get started.
  1. Draft A Solid Business Plan. ...
  2. Obtain License And Permits For Food Businesses. ...
  3. Learn How To Bake Professionally. ...
  4. Complete The Necessary Baking Tools And Equipment Needed. ...
  5. Come Up With A Good Marketing Strategy. ...
  6. Get Baking With Sweet Artist Academy.

What temp kills bacteria? ›

Bacteria multiply rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees. Bacteria will not multiply but may start to die between 140 and 165 degrees. Bacteria will die at temperatures above 212 degrees.

Which foods are high risk? ›

Examples of high-risk foods include :
  • Dairy products (milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, and products containing them such as cream pies and quiches)
  • Eggs.
  • Meat or meat products.
  • Poultry.
  • Fish and seafood.
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What is the 2 4 hour rule? ›

Food held between 5°C and 60°C for less than 2 hours can be used, sold or put back in the refrigerator to use later. Food held between 5°C and 60°C for 2-4 hours can still be used or sold, but can't be put back in the fridge. Food held between 5°C and 60°C for 4 hours or more must be thrown away.

How long can food be kept in a hot hold? ›

Food that has not been used within two hours, should either be reheated until it is steaming hot and put back in hot holding or chilled down as quickly as possible to 8°C or below. If it has been out for more than two hours throw it away.

What temperature does bacteria grow on food? ›

Some bacteria thrive in extreme heat or cold, while others can survive under highly acidic or extremely salty conditions. Most bacteria that cause disease grow fastest in the temperature range between 41 and 135 degrees F, which is known as THE DANGER ZONE.

What is the danger zone for a freezer? ›

Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. This range of temperatures is often called the "Danger Zone."

How much does a food handlers license cost in Oregon? ›

Food service workers are required to get a food handler card within 30 days of beginning work. The cost of the card is $10.00 and the card is valid for three years. Food handler cards issued in any county are valid throughout Oregon.

Can I get food handlers certificate online? ›

To apply for the food handler certificate online at the Nairobi City Council office, the applicant should make the application through the NCCG ePayments Portal via this link: NCCG ePayments Portal.

Can you work in a restaurant if you have diarrhea? ›

Exclude food employee from food establishment if they have symptoms of vomiting/diarrhea. Must be symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning to work. Record on employee illness log. Notify local health department or call 1-877-FOOD-ILL.

When must a food handler wash their hands twice? ›

When food workers use the restroom, they should always wash their hands in the restroom sink and then wash them again at a hand washing sink before continuing their duties. This practice is called double handwashing.

What are 5 ways food handlers can contaminate food? ›

Food handlers can contaminate food when they:
  • Have a foodborne illness.
  • Have wounds that contain a pathogen.
  • Sneeze or cough.
  • Have contact with a person who is sick.
  • Touch anything that may contaminate their hands and do not wash them.
  • Have symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or jaundice—a yellowing of the eyes or skin.

When must a food handler wash their hands? ›

Handwashing is especially important during some key times when germs can spread easily: Before, during, and after preparing any food. After handling uncooked meat, chicken or other poultry, seafood, flour, or eggs. Before and after using gloves to prevent germs from spreading to your food and your hands.

Who needs an Oregon food handlers card? ›

If you prepare or serve food in a restaurant or other food facility licensed under ORS 624.020 or 624.320, you are required to get a food handler card. This includes, but is not limited to, cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, delivery drivers, and bus persons.

When working food handlers must wear what in support of food safety? ›

Wearing gloves can reduce the risk of contaminating food, but only when they are worn and changed properly. Gloves must be changed at least every four hours, when returning to work after a break, and when switching tasks. Glove use alone cannot stop the spread of pathogens. Food workers must also wash their hands.

What should you do when a refrigerator stops working food handlers? ›

Cooler. The first thing you should do when a refrigerator stops running is find every cooler you have in the home. Load the coolers with ice, ice packs, or even those old frozen bags of peas to keep your perishable foods cool. (Throw away those frozen peas afterward, if they thaw.)

How do you say I'm sick professionally? ›

How do you text in sick examples?
  1. “I have [sickness] and will need to take a sick day today. ...
  2. “I'm really not feeling well today, so I don't think I will be able to do my job productively or efficiently. ...
  3. “I've come down with [sickness] and need to use a sick day today, but I'll be back at work tomorrow.
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Can your boss say no if you call in sick? ›

Many employers provide paid time off (PTO) for sickness. This should be used if you have it. Bosses typically should not deny your request for sick time off, whether they're happy about it or not. But you may not need to listen to your boss's demands that you work.

What are 3 food hygiene rules? ›

Food hygiene requirements for your business.
The 4Cs of food hygiene
  • Cleaning.
  • Cooking.
  • Chilling.
  • Cross-contamination.

What are the 2 stages of cleaning? ›

Cleaning needs to be carried out in two stages. First use a cleaning product to remove visible dirt from surfaces and equipment, and rinse. Then disinfect them using the correct dilution and contact time for the disinfectant, after rinse with fresh clean water if required.

What are the 10 food safety rules? ›

  • Choose foods processed for safety. ...
  • Cook food thoroughly. ...
  • Eat cooked foods immediately. ...
  • Store cooked foods carefully. ...
  • Reheat cooked foods thoroughly. ...
  • Avoid contact between raw foods and cooked foods. ...
  • Wash hands repeatedly. ...
  • Keep all kitchen surfaces meticulously clean.

What is the danger zone for hot food? ›

The temperature danger zone is between 41°F and 135°F. TCS food must pass through the temperature danger zone as quickly as possible. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Always use a thermometer to check internal food temperatures.

Between what temperature is the danger zone? ›

What is the Danger Zone? As the name suggests, the danger zone refers to a temperature range that's dangerous for foods to be held at. And that range is between 40°F and 140°F.

How many times can you heat food? ›

There are no limits to how many times you can safely reheat leftover home-cooked meals. However, best practice is to limit the number of times you do so. More often than not, you wouldn't need to reheat one type of dish more than once. If you are making meals in bulk, separate and store them in individual portions.

How much is a Nevada health card? ›

Steps to Get Your Health Card

Pay a $20 fee for your official printed card, which is good for three years.

How much does a food handlers card cost in Nevada? ›

The total cost of a Food Handler Safety Training card is $20. An additional $15 is charged to renew an expired card. The card is valid for three years.

Do you need a food handlers card in Nevada? ›

Does Nevada require food handler training? A food handler card is required in Clark County, including Las Vegas. To earn a Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) food handler card, you need to take a food safety test in person at a local SNHD office.

Is Efood card legit? ›

Is this website legitimate? A: Yes, is approved by the American National Standards Institute to provide food handler training in the state of California except Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties.

Can I get food handlers certificate online? ›

To apply for the food handler certificate online at the Nairobi City Council office, the applicant should make the application through the NCCG ePayments Portal via this link: NCCG ePayments Portal.

Can I get my Nevada health card online? ›

We are now offering Online Food Handler Card / Health Card renewals to qualified employees. If you took the food safety test in-person at one of our locations after July 2018, no appointment is needed.

How do I get a food license in Nevada? ›

Steps to apply for Restaurant License in Las Vegas
  1. Business Location Limit within Las Vegas. ...
  2. Provide proof of compliance with the Nevada Secretary of State. ...
  3. Apply for Restaurant License Online. ...
  4. Apply for and obtain a Health Permit from the Southern Nevada Health District. ...
  5. Fees.

What are food handlers test? ›

Food Handlers' Test is a set of tests and medical examination that certifies workers handling food, drinks, confectioneries and medicines for medical fitness. Oversight is provided by a number of governmental agencies including NAFDAC and state Ministries of Health.

Why do you need a sheriff's card in Las Vegas? ›

Sheriff's Card (Work Card/Work Permit) — required for all positions in a gaming establishment and many other work places. The purpose of the Work Card is to document, investigate and license all employees of the gaming industry.

How much is a duplicate health card in Nevada? ›

Food Handler Safety Training Card Renewal (card not expired)$20
Expired Food Handler Safety Training Card Renewal$35
Duplicate Card$20
Re-test Fee$5
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How can I get health card? ›

Any permanent resident of Punjab province can send his/her CNIC number in an SMS to 8500 to check his/her eligibility for the program. The person will get a message within a few minutes, letting him/her know about the eligibility.

What should I bring to Snhd? ›

  1. Local work ID with photo (industry related)
  2. Sheriff's Card.
  3. Student ID with photo for current school year with certified Birth Certificate.
  4. Social Security Card.
  5. Foreign Passport (without US Visa or Admissions stamp) accepted with second form of identification.
  6. Certified US birth certificate.
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What is TCS food? ›

Examples of TCS food

Food from animal origin that is raw, cooked or partially cooked, such as eggs, milk, meat or poultry. Food from plant origin that is cooked such as rice, potatoes and pasta. Food from plant origin such as raw seed sprouts, cut melons, cut tomatoes and cut leafy greens.

How long does it take to get a food handlers card in California? ›

The California food handler training course takes about 2.5 hours to complete.

Is the food handlers test hard Reddit? ›

It's so easy. Watch the videos and do the review questions amd you'll be fine. Everyone at my store got at least a 90% all you need is a 77% to pass too. It's pretty low stress.

How much is a food handlers card in California? ›

How much does it cost? The state law stipulates that one training course must be available at no more than $15 to ensure affordability and prevent hardship on the food handler.


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