Food Protection Manager Certification

Why You Need a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)

Providing food to the public is a responsibility. It is important that business owners who sell food to the community either from their home, from a temporary location, or from a food establishment, have the opportunity to increase knowledge, train staff appropriately, and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Iowa Food law, (including Administrative Rules and currently adopted Food Code) require that food establishments have a Person in Charge (PIC) that has a supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation/service. This person must also be 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.

Obtaining Certification

There are a few ways in which you or your employees can obtain certification. You can sign up to take the class directly from Black Hawk County Health Department, or you can provide proof of certification from another accredited institution.

Black Hawk County Health Department offers nationally recognized food safety manager certification exams (restaurant, grocer, and C-store) and food safety training. Instructors are registered trainers with National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and credentialed in Certified Professional Food Safety. Class instructors use NEHA training materials, along with regulatory experience, to provide 8 hours of training.

Certification from Black Hawk County

View the Food Safety Class Brochure (PDF) for details and to sign up for a class.
Or follow this link to sign up online .

Certification options include:

  • Full package- $130- includes book, 8 hours class instruction, flash drive with guidance documents, and exam.
  • Self Study - $75- includes book and exam.
  • Exam Only- $40- includes exam only.

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- 3:00 pm (approximately)
  • Day Two - 8:00 am- 12:00 pm. (last two hours are for the exam)

Certification Accepted from Other Organizations

Iowa State University Black Hawk County Extension offers training and certification exams in our area. Find out more by visiting the ISU Extension website.

ANSI-CFP Accredited Programs

Food Protection Manager Certification exams must be from one of the following ANSI-CFP Accredited Programs. "Food handler" cards/exams or "certificates of training" do not meet the requirements of the law. See list of options below.