Food safety training

The ServSafe® Food Safety Training Program leads the way in providing current and comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry. More than 4 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Conference for Food Protection (CFP). ServSafe® training and certification is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdications than any other food safety certification.

ServSafe® Manager Training

ServSafe® Manager Training has become the industry standard in food-safety training and is accepted in almost all U.S. jurisdictions that require employee certification. Manager Training meets ODH Level 2 Training Requirements.

The Manager Training program provides food service managers, operators, and owners with accurate, up-to-date information on all aspects of handling food, from receiving and storing to preparing and serving.

Upon successful completion of the course and exam, participants receive a Certificate of Completion from ServSafe® and an Ohio Food Protection Card from ODH.

The next training will be in 2021 and are TBD. 

ServSafe® Employee (Person-in-Charge) Training

Employee Training is a one-day basic food safety training which meets ODH Level 1 Training Requiremnts for food service employees as well as those opening an establishment for the first time.

The Employee Training enhances employee understanding of major food safety principles: time and temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and personal hygiene. The program includes a National Restaurant Association Education Foundation handbook, several hands-on activities, and a Certificate of Completion.

There is no Person in Charge training scheduled at this time. Please contact our office for details. 

TAP Online Training

OSU Extension has partnered with TAP Series to offer an online course which meets all ODH requirements and replaces the 15 hour (2 day) classroom study requirement. Total cost is $121. Enrollment into the online training is $73 a person and the ODH approved examination at a test center is $48 per person. Completion of the online course can be done at your own speed and at a time that works for you. Check HERE to purchase training and examination.

Emily Marrison is a certified proctor for ServSafe Manager Examinations. There is a $25 fee for this service when you have your own online exam access code. The fee is $50 if you need proctoring service as well as an online exam access code or certifed written exam answer sheet. Please contact Emily at 740-622-2265 or to schedule a time for a proctored exam. 

There are also trainings available in Holmes County and Tuscarawas County. 


Food safety questions

If you have questions about food safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some reliable resources:

Ohio State University Extension:

   Food safety expert shares how to protect yourself - Sanja Ilic, OSU Extension Food Safety State Specialist - March 30, 2020

   Video Presentation from Sanja Ilic, OSU Extension Food Safety State Specialist - March 26, 2020

   Chow line: Food safety and coronavirus - Sanja Ilic and Tracy Turner, OSU Extension - March 13, 2020

Other Goverment Agency Sites:

   Ohio Department of Health - Food Safety Program

   FDA - Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

   USDA - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Food Safety 

Other University Extension Sites:

   North Carolina State University Extension - COVID-19 Food Safety Resources 

   Kansas State Research and Extension - Food Safety and COVID-19