What is the difference between a Food Service Manager and a Food Handler?

A Food Service Manager is typically an owner, manager or supervisor in a food service facility.

A Food Handler is any other employee who handles unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils or food contact surfaces.


Illinois law requires that all food service establishments that prepare and serve food have a certified food service manager on the premises at all times food is being handled.


Who needs to have Food Handler Certification?

Anyone working in a restaurant, bar, banquet hall, hotel, grocery store, convenient store, hospital, nursing home or senior center, school, park district or daycare center who comes in contact with food or food surfaces and does not already have a Food Service Manager Certificate.

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How often do I need to renew my Food Handler Certification?

Every 3 years.


What must I do to receive my Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) certificate?

  • Complete approved 8 hour class and pass an accredited exam. (75%)


How often does my Food Service Manager Certificate expire?

Certificates are valid for 5 years.  In order to receive a renewal certificate you must retake the 8 hour course and pass an accredited exam. (75%)

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