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Food safety training

Ohio State Univeristy Extension offers three different food safety trainings - manager, person in charge, and food handler. 

2024 Food Safety Trainings Brochure

Food Safety Manager Training      ServSafe Logo


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 Ohio Department of Health Manger in Food Protection Certification 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 Certificate from Ohio Department of Health. 

The next training in Coshocton County will be February 7, 14, and 21, 2024 with proctored exam on February 28. Register at contact Emily Marrison at OSU Extension Coshocton County at 740-622-2265 or for other training options.

Person-in-Charge Training Dolls that are painted scarlet and gray. They serve as the mascots for this class.

Ohio State University Extension’s “Ohio Person in Charge: Know and Show” course will be offered on Monday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the County Services Building, 724 7th Street, Coshocton, OH 43812.

The newly released training meets Ohio Department of Health Person-In-Charge (PIC) Certification in Food Protection requirements by providing safe food handling education for food service employees as well as those opening an establishment for the first time.

This training uses a variety of engaging activities and discussion to enhance understanding of major food safety principles. Food service employees will be able to demonstrate knowledge to foodborne illness prevention by learning topics including personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, cross contamination, proper cooking and holding of food, and facilities management.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive Person in Charge Certification in Food Protection recognized by the Ohio Department of Health.

Register here for March 2024 Person in Charge Training. Please contact OSU Extension at 740-622-2265 or for more information. 

Food Handler Training

Employee Training is a 3-hour basic food safety training. This does not meet any Ohio Department of Health Training Requirements for food service employees.

The ServSafe® Food Handler 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 Food Handler training scheduled at this time, but these can easily be scheduled upon request. Please contact Emily Marrison or 740-622-2265 for details. 


Online Training Through TAP SERIES

OSU Extension has partnered with TAP Series to offer an online course which meets all ODH requirements and replaces the classroom study requirement. Enrollment into the online training is $73 a person. Completion of the online course can be done at your own speed and at a time that works for you.  Register for Online Training. (Total of $133 when exam code and proctor services are obtained from OSU Extension for $60.) 

Online Training Through ServSafe®

ServSafe® offers an online course for $153. Completion of the online course can be done at your own speed and at a time that works for you. This includes the course and an exam voucher code. Register for Online Training and Exam (Total of $178 when proctor services are obtained through OSU Extension for $25.)


Proctoring Services

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 $60 if you need proctoring service ($25) as well as an online exam access code ($35) or certifed written exam answer sheet ($35). Please contact Emily at 740-622-2265 or to schedule a time for a proctored exam.


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