Food Protection Manager Certification

Why You Need a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)

The majority of food borne illnesses in the United States are attributed to public eating establishments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Food safety training is a vital component for any establishment providing food to the public. As regulators, we have seen firsthand the benefits of food safety training."

Iowa law requires food facilities to have at least one manager or supervisory employee that is a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Certification is obtained by passing an ANSI-CFP recognized closed book exam. Food Handler certificates or cards do not meet the requirement. The grandfathering for existing facilities to obtain certification has ended. New establishments must comply within 6 months of licensing. There are in-person and online class/testing/both options available. See complete list of accepted certificates below.

Black Hawk County Health Department uses the National Environmental Health Association’s training materials and can offer 2 of the nationally recognized food safety certification exams. View the Food Safety Class Brochure (PDF) for details or to sign up for a class or other exam options.

Obtaining Certification

There are a few ways in which you or your employees can obtain certification. The Black Hawk County Health Department offers classes directly, or you can provide proof of certification from another accredited institution.

Certification from Black Hawk County

All classes include 8 hours class room training with exam to follow. Maximum of 2 hours is allowed for the exam. Lunch on your own; a light morning snack is provided. You are encouraged to review your materials prior to class. Book and exam are available in several languages with notice.  Class is taught in English. If you require accommodations or an interpreter, please contact the Health Department at least 45 days prior to the class date. Prices subject to change.

Day one 8:00 am-approximately 3:00 pm; Day two 8:00 am- noon. (last two hours are for the exam)

Certification Accepted from Other Organizations
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