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Illinois Food Handler Training

Illinois Food Handler Training

The Food Handler Training certificate program is a 2-hour course covering the basics of food safety principles, regulations and techniques to maintain a food-safe environment. This ANSI-accredited training course is valid statewide.
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Illinois Food Handler Safety Training

Illinois Food Safety Training Requirements

Food Handler
Illinois food handler safety training is necessary for employees in the food service and hospitality industry. Individuals working in food facilities who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food are required to obtain a Food Handler's Card. This includes food employees that work in restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile vendors, food trucks, bars, and convenience stores - such as chefs, cooks, servers, preparers, caterers and managers.

The Food Handler's Cards Training Program is easy to use and takes about 2 hours to complete. The course contains all the information you will need to learn about basic sanitation and food preparation in order to earn a certificate of course completion and a food handler's card. All content materials and exams are available in both English and Spanish.

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013 establishes food handler training requirements and changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements.

Illinois New Key Requirements – Food Handlers:

  • Beginning July 1, 2014 all food handlers employed by restaurants will be required to receive or obtain ANSI accredited training in basic safe food handling principles within 30 days of employment and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Businesses with internal training programs and assessments approved in another state as of August 27, 2013 will receive automatic approval in Illinois upon providing proof that their program is approved in said state. Select county health departments in the state may also offer training if the program is approved by the IDPH.
  • ANSI accredited training such as the Learn2Serve Food Handler Training Certificate Program is transferrable between employers. Internal training programs are not transferrable between employers.

Certified Food Manager
Illinois requires that a person-in-charge, an owner, or employee of a food establishment - (i.e., restaurants, markets, bakeries, bars, food trucks, commissaries, and food facilities that prepare, handle, or serve non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food) be a Certified Food Manager (CFM) or demonstrate knowledge of food safety as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an accredited ANSI food safety certification exam.
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Illinois Food Safety Training Regulations

Illinois Administrative Code – Title 77: Public Health – Part 750. Food Service Sanitation Code

Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495

Illinois Food Safety Contact Info

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies
525 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001
Phone: (217) 782-4977

Illinois Food Handler Training Course

Course Description
Most people working in restaurants and mobile food vehicles need to have completed a Food Handler's Safety Training Course and demonstrate proof with a certificate or card. After completing the course, they have to present the food handler's certificate to their local authority and pay the required registration fees.

Food Handler safety training is often intended for entry-level professionals in the food service industry, such as servers, chefs, cooks, mobile food vendors, cashiers, and even c-store clerks.

The Food Handler Training course will discuss the various food safety issues, regulations, and techniques needed to maintain a food-safe environment. It will help the student better understand how handling food correctly is not only the law, but it improves safety and reduces risks.

At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the learning objectives and content. Upon successfully passing the exam, the learner will be issued a Food Handler’s Certificate document (or card).

Credit Hours: 2 hrs
Cost: $7.00

Course Outline
At the conclusion of the Food Handler Training Certificate program, you should be able to:

  • Identify biological, physical, and chemical contamination.
  • Identify foodborne illnesses, signs of food spoilage, types of food prep contamination, and proper temperature control methods.
  • Safely store and prepare meat, poultry, and vegetables.
  • Demonstrate effective food handling techniques that promote cleanliness and safety in food establishments.
  • Discuss the importance of proper personal hygiene in the workplace.
  • Implement appropriate procedures to receive and store food.
  • Summarize practices for properly cleaning and sanitizing food contact materials and surface.

End of Course - Certificate
Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, you will be able to download and print your food handler training certificate of completion.

Illinois Food Safety Local Requirements

City of Chicago and City of Evanston have Food Service Sanitation Certificate requirements.

Food Service Sanitation Certificate - City of Chicago
A Certified Food Service Sanitation Manager is on duty at all times when potentially hazardous food is prepared or served.  This person is responsible for overseeing the food handling and preparation process to prevent the occurrence of food-borne illness.

The Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification program is administered by the Department of Public Health and other approved training providers.  This program is designed to offer food handlers and supervisors a basic food science background and develop knowledge for the proper handling of food and the unsanitary maintenance of food establishments.

To obtain a Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate you must attend and pass an approved course.  A list of approved training providers is available at the following link: Approved Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Training Programs

The Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate must be posted prominently and should be in plain view of customers. For more information contact the Food Protection Division at: Phone: (312) 746.8030



Food Service Sanitation Certificate - City of Evanston
A Food Handler is defined as a food employee working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. Please Note: The City of Evanston does not accept SafeServe, a Food Service Sanitation Manager Certifcation (FSSMC) is required.

Food Handler Training/Food Service Manager Certification Courses provided by 360 Training - an approved City of Evanston Provider.

As of July 1, 2014 the State of Illinois requires any food handler, unless that person has a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification(FSSMC), to complete a food handler training course. A food handler is defined as an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. The State of Illinois Food Code requires that Risk Category 1 and 2 facilities employ one or more certified managers to supervise food service operations.


Course Summary

Illinois Food Handler Card
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • ANSI Accredited
  • Take course anywhere and anytime!
  • Download certificate upon completion!
  • Available en Español
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Food Handler Training Card/Certificate
Price: $7.00

Illinois BASSET & Food Handler Training Price: $21.95

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We offer online Food Safety Training in Illinois for: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Cicero, Champaign, Bloomington, Arlington Heights, Evanston, Decatur, Schaumburg, and many more!