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Certified Food Manager Program - Food Establishments Group

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The Texas Department of State Health Services, Certified Food Manager (CFM) Program has been accrediting food manager training courses since 1988. Today, food manager training and certification has become a standard of the food industry as well as a regulatory standard throughout the state of Texas.

The CFM Program accredits and licenses training programs for candidates new to the food industry who may need training. The Program also licenses Test Sites that provide the food manager's examination to those who have sufficient background in the food industry and wish to take the exam with minimal or no training. Examinations offered through training programs and test sites are accredited through American National Standards Institute – Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). Certified Food Manager Certificates issued through these providers receive national reciprocity. The CFM Program also licenses online exam providers. Certified Food Manager Certificates issued through these providers receive state-wide reciprocity.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Certified Food Manager Program remains dedicated to the health and safety of the citizens of the state, educating food service employees in the principles of food safety to produce safe food products for Texas consumers.

Please email the Certified Food Manager Program if you would like additional information, or telephone (512) 834-6727.

ATTENTION

Do not submit an application or money to DSHS for an individual Food Managers Certificate.

Application Fees are Non-Refundable

Read ALL statements below for information on obtaining a Certified Food Managers certificate:

1.     The state (DSHS) stopped administering the Certified Food Manger (CFM) exam on January 7th 2010. Individuals testing after that date would have taken the CFM exam through one of the Online or National exam providers and DSHS does not keep these records.

2.     Your CFM certificate expires 5 years after the exam; these certificates are not eligible for renewal. You must re-test in order to obtain a current CFM certificate. Accredited CFM test and course providers may be found on this web page: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/CFM.shtm

3.     DSHS does NOT renew or replace any Food Manager Certificates.  Contact information for providers can be found here: Lists of Certification and Recertification Programs

4.     If you tested with one of the Online or National accredited providers; these providers must be contacted directly for information regarding their certificates. Contact information for these providers may be found here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/CFM.shtm

 


CFM Programs and Exam Providers


Forms, Publications and Certificates


Frequently Asked Questions


Certification of Food Managers

Certification is obtained by passing a Department of State Health Services (DSHS) approved certified food manager examination. The examination may be taken at any licensed Certification Training Program, Test Site, Online Exam or National Exam provider. Certification is valid for five years.

Certification Training Programs: The Certified Food Manager Training Programs offer traditional classroom (14 hours) training to managers who are new to the food industry and have need of quality training. A DSHS approved written “Paper-and-Pencil” examination is given in English and Spanish at the completion of the training. Upon successful completion of the exam, a CFM Certificate is issued that is valid in Texas. This link will provide a list of Certification Training Programs.

Test Sites: Test Sites provide the food manager's examination to those who have sufficient background in the food industry to take the exam. A DSHS approved written “Paper-and-Pencil” Exam is given in English and Spanish at these sites. Upon successful completion of the exam, a CFM Certificate is issued that is valid in Texas. Some Test Sites may also offer training. This link will provide a list of Test Sites.

Online Exam Providers: The Online Exam provides the food manager’s examination to those who have sufficient background in the food industry to take the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, a CFM Certificate is issued that is valid in Texas. Some Online Providers may also offer training. This link will provide a list of Online Exam Providers.

National Exam Providers: The national examinations have been approved by the Conference for Food Protection. Upon successful completion of the exam, a CFM Certificate is issued that has national recognition. Some National Providers may also offer training. This link will provide a list of National Exam Providers.

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Recertification of Food Managers

Recertification is obtained by passing a Department of State Health Services (DSHS) approved certified food manager examination. The examination may be taken at any licensed Recertification Training Program, Test Site, Online Exam or National Exam provider. Certification is valid for five years.

Recertification Training Programs: Recertification through training providers offer traditional classroom training (6 hours) prior to taking the examination. A DSHS approved written “Paper-and-Pencil” examination is given in English and Spanish at the completion of the training.

Recertification through Test Sites; Online Exam and National Exams: Recertification through examination is available through the above exam providers.

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Lists of Certification and Recertification Programs

Certification Program -- (Traditional Classroom - Paper and Pencil Exam)

City List (PDF File 64KB)

County List (PDF File 64KB)

Test Sites -- (Paper and Pencil/Online)

City List  (PDF File 33KB)

County List (PDF File 33KB)

Online Exams

360training.com Inc/Learn2Serve.com

Texas Restaurant Association -- FoodGuard

Grayson County Health Department - Food Manager Classes

National Exams

360Training.com_Inc/Learn2Serve.com
        For testing information
1-888-360-8764

National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
        For testing information
1-800-446-0257

National Restaurant Association - ServSafe (nraef.org)
        For testing information
1-800-765-2122

Prometric
         For testing information
1-800-624-2736

Recertification Programs -- (Traditional Classroom-Paper and Pencil Exam) NO ACCREDITED RECERTIFICATION PROGRAMS AT THIS TIME - PLEASE SEE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS, ONLINE PROVIDERS, TEST SITES, AND NATIONAL EXAM PROVIDERS

City List   (PDF File 85KB)

County List    (PDF File 85KB)

 

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CERTIFIED FOOD MANAGER - SAMPLE CERTIFICATES

An official Certified Food Manager Certificate is issued to all candidates that successfully pass a certified food managers examination. This official certificate must be posted in an area that is conspicuous to the consumers. An additional card may be required by your local health authority.

The official National and Online Certified Food Manager Certificate issued by each licensed provider vary in size and issuance process. A Sample Certificate for each provider is listed below.

Online Sample Certificate

Grayson County Health Department/FoodManagerClasses.com - Sample Certificate
        Sample Certificate (PDF File  4MB)

Learn2Serve   (Post 06/04/13)  (PDF File  650KB)
Learn2Serve   (Pre 06/04/13)  (PDF File 231KB)

Texas Restaurant Association - FoodGuard
         Sample Certificate   (Post 11/01/09)   (PDF 226KB)
         Sample Certificate   (Pre 11/30/09)   (PDF File 328KB)

National Sample Certificates

National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
         Sample Certificate   (Post 12/15/09)  (PDF File  322KB)
         Sample Certificate   (Pre 12/15/09)  (PDF File  257KB)

National Restaurant Association - Effective October 2012 (PDF File 495KB)
National Restaurant Association - Prior to October 2012 (PDF File 185KB)

Prometric - Effective August 2014 (PDF File 845KB)
Prometric - Prior to August 2014 (PDF File 154KB)

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CFM CERTIFICATE RENEWAL/REPLACEMENT

Replacement for national and online Certificate: Candidates who have taken one of the DSHS approved national or online examinations must contact the examination provider for instructions on how to obtain a replacement certificate.

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CFM PROGRAM APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

CFM - Certificate Renewal/Replacement Application

Certified Food Manager - Certification

Certified Food Manager - Recertification

Certified Food Manager - Test-Site

Examination Security Agreement  (Publication # EF23-12990) (PDF File 73KB)

Instructor New/Renewal Application  (Publication # EF23-12990) (PDF File 74KB)

To access documents in Adobe Acrobat format, you must download the Acrobat Reader software. Please see the DSHS file viewing page for more information and a link to the Adobe website.

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Last updated November 26, 2014