Texas Food Handlers Card Training

This ANSI accredited course is approved by all Texas Health Departments for the entire state of Texas including the cities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. Angelina County & Williamson County are excluded. Check local requirements.

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Format: Online
Test Attempts: 2
Percentage required to pass: 70%
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You will print your final certificate upon successful completion of the course and exam. You may be required to go to a health department office to register your food handlers card and to pay an additional fee. Check your local health department requirements.
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Course Description

This ANSI accredited course is approved throughout the state of Texas (including Bexar County (San Antonio), Collin County, Dallas County, Denton City, El Paso County, Fort Bend County, Harris County (Houston), Hidalgo County, Tarrant County, Travis County (Austin), etc.). Please check local requirements. This course encourages personal commitment to food safety principles and will prepare you to become a safe food handler. This food handler course provides instruction on the following: - Food hazards: biological, physical, and chemical - Personal hygiene practices - Cleaning and sanitizing processes - Time and temperature controls

Questions & Answers
Do you need this training?
If you handle, prepare, serve, sell, or give away food for human consumption, even if you bus tables or wash dishes, you are a food worker and need this training.
When do you need to complete your training?
Within 60 days of starting work.
How do you complete your training?
By completing the StateFoodSafety.com online food handler course and printing your certificate. Some health departments may require that you pay a fee and register your food handlers card. Check your local requirements.
What do you get when you finish this course?
Food Handler Certificate/Card.
Why choose StateFoodSafety.com?
StateFoodSafety.com has the highest rated food handler training course in the industry. The StateFoodSafety.com course is interactive, animated, and fun!
How long is your certificate good for?
This food handler card is valid for 2 years.
Course Specifications
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State of Texas Food Handler Card Online Training
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This StateFoodSafety.com ANSI accredited course is accepted by all Texas Health Departments as fulfilling their food handler training requirement. Some health departments, however, may require you to register your certificate with them and pay an additional fee. Please check with your local health department about registering your certificate with them upon completion of this course.
Course Details
Test Attempts: 2
Percentage required to pass: 70%
Course Length: 75 mins
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New Texas Food Handler Requirements Effective October 11, 2015

TX-Blog-Image_thumbnailLast month, Texas Senate Bill SB-582 was passed into law and made effective immediately. This law mandates that all health departments in the state of Texas must recognize any ANSI-accredited Food Handler Training.

In October of 2015, Texas Food Establishment Rule (TFER) 228 was signed into effect, replacing TFER 229. Among many other things this rule change mandates that “all food employees, except for the certified food manager, shall successfully complete an accredited food handler training course, within 60 days of employment.”

So what do these changes mean?
Essentially, in counties and cities where food handler training was already required, a food handler certificate from any ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited food handler course is now accepted, with no additional fees or trips to the health department required. In areas where there were previously no training requirements, all foodservice workers have until September 1, 2016 to complete their training.

When the commission responsible for the drafting of the rule was asked the purpose of making this training mandatory throughout the state, the commission responded by saying, “The purpose of these rules is to update public health regulations so that food businesses can continue to provide food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.”

In addition to changes to the food handler training requirements, the new rule is bringing the state of Texas up to date with nationally established food safety practices, using the most recent FDA food code as the basis of the new TFER.

So what should you do now?
We understand that with these new regulations, businesses and local health departments now have an enormous responsibility added to their plate, but we are here to help. Use one of the following ways to share StateFoodSafety.com’s training with your employees:

 

20151006_Group-Training_SmallTrain a large amount of people at one time. You can purchase training for all of your employees and use our tracking and reporting tools to make sure they get their training done.

Or 

20151006_StateFoodSafety_ANSI_OnlineFoodHandlerTraining_EngSp2-231x300Download, print, and hang this flyer, which includes a coupon code, in your facility to help your employees receive the required ANSI-accredited Food Handler Training. The coupon code gives foodservice employees a 20% discount for their food handler training. (The discount works for individual and group purchases.) 

 

Need more information?
Read a full account of TFER 25 TAC 228 here (see 228.33 (e)(d) on page 28 for further explanation on changes discussed in this article) and the law regarding ANSI accreditation, SB-582, here.

Preview our Food Handler Training course here.

ANSI Food Handler Training Program Information

In accordance with our ANSI food handler training program accreditation (ASTM e2659-2015), StateFoodSafety.com wants to communicate the following information:

  1. Certificate purpose, scope, and intended learning outcomes:
    1. The ANSI food handler training program’s purpose is to ensure food workers have the training and knowledge required to keep food safe.
    2. The scope of the food handler training program is to comply with statutes that require ANSI accredited training for food handlers and to teach important food handling principles related to food safety.
    3. Intended learning outcomes include:
      1. Understand how food can make people sick
      2. Learn how to keep food safe by:   – Keeping your hands and body clean– Knowing when to stay home sick– Keeping food safe by controlling its temperature– Keeping your workplace and equipment clean
  2. Description of requisites to earn a certificate: The only requisite to obtain a certificate is successful completion of the course and assessment. There are no course prerequisites.
  3. Special requirements for participation: See system requirements.
  4. Qualifications of instructional personnel: This is an online training course; therefore, no live instruction occurs.
  5. Fees, deadlines, cancellations, and refund policies: Please see the Refund Policy.
  6. Academic or continuing education credit earned: None.
  7. Commercial support disclosure: StateFoodSafety.com did not use commercial support to develop this program.
  8. Any changes to the certificate program purpose, scope, or intended learning outcomes: Any changes to the program purpose, scope, or intended learning outcomes will be reflected in the Learn More page of the specific product.
  9. Inferences that can be made appropriately concerning certificate holders: Certificate holders have met the state requirements for food handler training and passed a food safety training course, demonstrating a sufficient score on the corresponding assessment.
Texas Food Handler Training: Frequently Asked Questions

20160212_TEXAS FAQDo you have questions? We have answers! With help from the Texas Department of State Health Services, we found out what it is you want to know most regarding food handler requirements. We’ve done the translating to Layman’s terms and we think you’ll want to see this. Here are a few things you should know about food handler training in Texas and how it applies to you.

  1. Who is considered a food handler in Texas?
    A food handler is a person who handles, prepares, serves, sells, or gives away food for human consumption. Don’t let the position title confuse you—a food handler could also be someone who buses tables or washes dishes. Sometimes food handlers are referred to as food employees or food workers. It is the responsibility of a food handler to ensure that food is kept safe from the hazards it can encounter at every level of its preparation.
  2. What is food handler training?
    Simply put, food handler training is instruction for anyone who would like to become a food handler. The Texas Department of State Health Services (TXDSHS) requires that all food employees complete an accredited training in order to provide safe food service. Those who currently work in food service should also complete this training. Food handler training covers the main Do’s and Don’ts of food service; a typical course includes, but is not limited to, topics such as foodborne illness, personal hygiene guidelines, and food contamination prevention. When you complete the StateFoodSafety.com State of Texas Food Handler Card Online Training, you receive a Food Handler Card, which you may then print. This card shows that you have successfully completed your food handler training and are now permitted to be a food handler in the state of Texas.
  3. Who needs to complete Texas food handler training?
    As of October 2015, food handler training became more than just a suggestion—it is a requirement for all food employees. According to Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) §228.33, “…all food employees shall successfully complete an accredited food handler training course, within 60 days of employment.” Basically, if you work with food, food equipment, or food-contact surfaces in the state of Texas, you need to complete an accredited food handler training course.
  4. Who is exempt from Texas food handler training?
    According to the TXDSHS, certain groups are exempt from the food handler training requirement including Certified Food Managers and food establishments that only serve pre-packaged items.Additionally, the following groups are exempt from training as long as they are supervised by someone who has had food handler training or is a Certified Food Manager:
    -Intellectually Challenged Individuals
    -Persons in a rehabilitation facility that work with food related items as part of their rehabilitation
    -Persons who aid in activities of daily living (such as but not limited to certified nurse assistants)
    -Volunteers who work with food related items but are not employed by the food establishment
  5. What is an accredited food handler training course?
    An accredited food handler training course is one that has been authorized or approved by TXDSHS or by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). StateFoodSafety.com is an approved provider for food handler training in Texas, accredited by both the Texas Department of State Health Services (TXDSHS) and by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In other words, you can trust us to provide you with the high-quality training you need!
  6. What will I receive to indicate that I’ve completed training through an accredited program?
    Everybody loves a little recognition and that’s what you’ll get. As a result of completing your accredited course, you will receive a Food Handler Card. Each card will show your name, the food handler program, and either a TXDSHS Accreditation License Number or an ANSI logo. This completion card is recognized statewide by regulatory authorities as proof that you have completed the necessary training. The Food Handler Card that you receive and print at the end of the StateFoodSafety.com Food Handler Training will allow you to start work immediately!
  7. Where is my Texas Food Handler Card valid?
    When you take an accredited food handler training course, your Food Handler Card is accepted everywhere in the state of Texas. Remember, accreditation is either through the Texas Department of State Health Services (TXDSHS) or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Either accreditation has validity throughout Texas. Even if your card was issued outside of the state of Texas, as long as you received ANSI accredited training, you only need one card.
  8. When do I need to have a Texas Food Handler Card?
    Under Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) §228.33, food handler training must be complete within 60 days of starting work. Technically, all food employees currently working in the food service industry without a Food Handler Card are given a grace period until September 1, 2016 to complete a food handler training course.
  9. Why is food handler training required in Texas?
    If you really want to know, we really want to tell you. Every step towards educating food handlers is a step away from preventable foodborne illness outbreaks. After completing food handler training, food employees are more qualified in their food preparation and handling. The Texas commission involved with the decision to make training mandatory stated, “The purpose of these rules is to update public health regulations so that food businesses can continue to provide food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented.” Food handler training is a requirement because food safety is a requirement… and we support any effort to preserve food safety!
  10. Are courses available in any other language besides English?
    If you know where to look, you will find the right course. You might be pleased to know that English is just one of the 8 languages available for the StateFoodSafety.com Food Handler Training! Other language options include Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Serbo-Croatian, and American Sign Language.

There you have it—the top questions and answers regarding food handler training in Texas. Hopefully you have a better understanding of what is expected of you and what you can expect from an accredited training course. Purchase the StateFoodSafety.com State of Texas Food Handler Card Online Training by clicking “Begin Training”.

Need more information?
Read more about the new Texas food handler requirements here. Group training options are also available here.

Food Handler Training: What is best for Texas?

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The State of Texas has long been a leader in demonstrating care and concern for the health of its dining public. While sparing its foodservice industry from unnecessary regulation, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) has created an infrastructure where local environmental health officials and industry operators can access food safety training in a variety of formats and at a broad range of price points. The marketplace for food safety trainers has generally been healthy, giving the public a variety of options for food safety training. But in recent years, there has been a noticeable decline in the quality of programs being promoted through the TDSHS website. This document aims to address this important issue.

TDSHS ON SAFETY

The Texas Department of State Health Services Food Handler Program is 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.

What is the purpose of food safety training?

According to Texas Administrative Code, “education of food handlers provides more qualified employees, thereby reducing the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by improper food preparation and handling techniques.”[1] Quality training should yield positive behavioral change, which results in safer food and a safer public. Many public and private organizations have implemented food safety training programs and seen improvement in their regulatory and third-party inspections. Additionally, studies have demonstrated that an emphasis on training can reduce workforce turnover, resulting in increasingly experienced and well-trained food workers over time.

What makes a QUALITY food safety training program?

While beauty is the eye of the beholder, quality in training is much less subjective. There are professional standards for instruction that should be met depending on the training format, student needs, and desired learning outcomes. Individuals involved in developing legislation, crafting rules and implementation guidelines, or approving materials for TDSHS may wish to consider the following:

  • Do students (food workers) understand what they are expected to learn at the outset of the training program?
  • Does the training program provide clear instruction that correlates directly with stated learning outcomes?
  • Are considerations made for students not fluent or literate in the English language?
  • Are mechanisms provided to allow students to gauge their comprehension (e.g., quizzes or activities)?
  • What accessibility tools are provided? Is the program compliant with ADA guidelines?
  • Is it inferable that the program developers believe the student wants to learn and has a right to effective training?
  • Is it reasonable to expect that the program, when adequately engaged in, will influence positive behavioral change?
  • Does the intent of the training program align with the TDSHS objective to “reduce the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by improper food preparation and handling techniques”?

Unfortunately, as currently written, the TDSHS food handler program approval guidelines do not define quality training, restricting the ability to thoughtfully evaluate the programs submitted. Simply put, if a program checks the application’s curriculum boxes, it must be approved, regardless of its efficacy in teaching food safety principles.

To illustrate this point, a comparison of two programs (which are both currently approved for use throughout Texas) has been provided below:

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Both of these programs have met the curriculum requirements established by the TDSHS approval process, but one clearly does not engage in teaching the student and is little more than a “certificate mill,” allowing the student to click through a series of PDFs before issuing a certificate. Arguably, the prerogative to approve better programs for the Texas public is well within the stated objective of the TDSHS Food Handler Program, especially when the cost for a far superior learning experience is almost equivalent.

TDSHS ON ACCREDITATION

The Texas Department of State Health Services provides a framework for accrediting food safety education and training programs for food handlers.

A uniform standard governing the accreditation of food handler programs enhances the recognition of reciprocity among regulatory agencies.

How can the approval process ensure training program quality?

If statewide approval of food handler programs is intended to create a standard of reciprocity, then environmental health officials must be confident that all approved programs are reasonably expected to yield increased comprehension of food safety principles. Currently this is not the case. Fortunately there are two possible options that could ease the constraints currently faced by TDSHS officials:

  1. Embrace the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ASTM 2659 accreditation for certificate programs as the standard for Texas. This accreditation process ensures that program providers are effective and ethical, taking into consideration student performance data and satisfaction feedback. This option would also reduce TDSHS overhead by eliminating the approval process currently performed by state administrators.[2]
  1. Increase standards within existing statute that will empower State administrators to discriminate against programs that do not align themselves with the objectives of the TDSHS Food Handler Program. Over time, this will yield a robust selection of quality training programs for the food worker to choose from.

Finally, the State may choose to do nothing, which would inevitably result in countless more fly-by-night programs entering the marketplace and taking food workers’ hard earned money in exchange for a certificate that signifies no increase in food safety knowledge.

What is best for Texas?


[1] Rule §229.178

[2] Sunset Advisory Commission, DSHS Staff Report With Final Results, 2015, Issue 3, pg. 46

Entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos de Tejas: Preguntas más frecuentes

20160226_TEXAS FAQ_Spanish¿Tiene preguntas? ¡Tenemos las respuestas! Con la ayuda de los Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Estado de Tejas (Texas Department of State Health Services), averiguamos lo que más desea saber sobre los requisitos para los manipuladores de alimentos. Hemos traducido la terminología al idioma cotidiano y pensamos que le interesará verla. A continuación se presentan algunos aspectos que debería saber en cuanto al entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos en Tejas y de qué manera se aplica a usted.

  1. ¿A quién se considera un manipulador de alimentos en Tejas?
    Un manipulador de alimentos es una persona que maneja, prepara, sirve, vende o regala alimentos para el consumo humano. No deje que el nombre de la posición lo confunda, un manipulador de alimentos también podría ser alguien que recoge vajilla de las mesas o lava platos. En ocasiones a los manipuladores de alimentos se les conocen como empleados de alimentación o trabajadores de alimentos. La responsabilidad del manipulador de alimentos es garantizar que los alimentos se mantengan seguros de los peligros que pudieran enfrentar en cada etapa de su preparación.
  1. ¿Qué es el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos?
    En pocas palabras, el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos es la instrucción que recibe toda persona que desea convertirse en manipulador de alimentos. Los Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Estado de Tejas (Texas Department of State Health Services -TXDSHS) requiere que todos los empleados de alimentos completen un entrenamiento acreditado con el fin de proporcionar un servicio de alimentos seguros. Las personas que actualmente trabajan en el servicio de alimentos también deben completar este entrenamiento. El entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos trata las principales acciones que se deben o no realizar en los servicios de alimentos; un curso típico incluye, pero no se limita a, temas como enfermedades transmitidas por alimentos, pautas de higiene personal y prevención de la contaminación de alimentos. Cuando complete el Entrenamiento para la tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos de Tejas de StateFoodSafety.com, recibirá una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos, la cual puede imprimir. Esta tarjeta prueba que usted ha completado con éxito su entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos y ahora se le permite ser un manipulador de alimentos en el estado de Texas.
  1. ¿Quién necesita recibir entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos en Tejas?
    A partir de octubre de 2015, el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos se convirtió en algo más que una sugerencia — es un requisito para todos los empleados de alimentos. De acuerdo con las normas para establecimientos alimenticios en el estado de Tejas (Texas Food Establishment Rules – TFER) §228.33, “…Todos los empleados de alimentos deberán completar con éxito un curso acreditado de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos, dentro de los 60 días de empleo”. Básicamente, si usted trabaja con alimentos, equipos para la preparación de alimentos o superficies en contacto con alimentos en el estado de Tejas, entonces necesita completar un curso acreditado de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos.
  1. ¿Quién está exento del entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos de Tejas?
    De acuerdo con TXDSHS, ciertos grupos están exentos del requisito del entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos incluyendo los gerentes o administradores certificados en alimentos y los establecimientos alimenticios que sólo sirven alimentos pre-envasados.Además, los siguientes grupos están exentos del entrenamiento, siempre y cuando sean supervisados por alguien que ha recibido el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos o es un gerente o administrador certificado en alimentos:
  • Personas con discapacidad intelectual
  • Personas en un centro de rehabilitación que trabajan con artículos relacionados con alimentos como parte de su rehabilitación
  • Personas que asisten en actividades de la vida diaria (tales como, pero no limitados a, los asistentes de enfermería certificados)
  • Voluntarios que trabajan con artículos relacionados con alimentos pero no son empleados del establecimiento
  1. ¿Qué es un curso acreditado de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos?
    Un curso acreditado de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos es aquel que ha sido autorizado por TXDSHS o por el Instituto Americano de Normas Nacionalizadas (American National Standards Institute  – ANSI). StateFoodSafety.com es un proveedor aprobado del entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos en Tejas, acreditado por ambos, los Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Estado de Tejas (Texas Department of State Health Services -TXDSHS) y el Instituto Americano de Normas Nacionalizadas (American National Standards Institute – ANSI). En otras palabras, ¡puede confiar en nosotros para recibir el entrenamiento de alta calidad que necesita!
  1. ¿Qué voy a recibir como prueba de que he completado el entrenamiento a través de un programa acreditado?
    A todos nos gusta recibir un poco de reconocimiento y eso es lo que recibirá. Como resultado de completar su curso acreditado, usted recibirá una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos. Cada tarjeta tendrá su nombre, el programa de manipulador de alimentos, y, o bien un número de licencia de acreditación del TXDSHS o un logotipo de ANSI. Esta tarjeta de finalización es reconocida en todo el estado por las autoridades reguladoras como prueba de que ha completado el entrenamiento necesario. La tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos que reciba e imprima al final del entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos de StateFoodSafety.com le permitirá empezar a trabajar de inmediato.
  1. ¿Dónde tiene validez mi tarjeta de Manipulador de Alimentos de Tejas?
    Cuando usted toma un curso acreditado de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos, su tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos es aceptada en todo el estado de Tejas. Recuerde que la acreditación es a través de los Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Estado de Tejas (TXDSHS) o del Instituto Americano de Normas Nacionalizadas (ANSI). Cualquiera de estas acreditaciones tiene validez en todo el estado de Tejas. Aunque su tarjeta haya sido emitida fuera del estado de Tejas, si usted recibió entrenamiento acreditado por ANSI, sólo necesita una tarjeta.
  1. ¿Cuándo es necesario tener una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos de Tejas?
    De acuerdo con las normas para establecimientos alimenticios en el estado de Tejas (Texas Food Establishment Rules – TFER) §228.33, el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos debe completarse dentro de los 60 días de haber comenzado el trabajo. Técnicamente, todos los empleados de alimentos que actualmente trabajan en la industria de servicio de alimentos sin una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos reciben un período de gracia hasta el 1 de septiembre de 2016 para completar un curso de entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos.
  1. ¿Por qué es un requisito en Tejas recibir el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos?
    Si realmente quiere saber, realmente se lo queremos decir. Cada paso hacia la educación de los manipuladores de alimentos es un paso que previene brotes de enfermedades transmitidas por alimentos. Tras completar el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos, los empleados de alimentos estarán más calificados para preparar y manipular alimentos. La comisión de Tejas (Texas commission)  responsable de la decisión de hacer que el entrenamiento fuese obligatorio declaró: “El propósito de estas reglas es actualizar las normas de salud pública a fin de que las empresas alimentarias puedan continuar proporcionando alimentos que sean seguros, sin adulteración y presentados con honestidad”.El entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos es un requisito porque la seguridad alimentaria es un requisito… ¡y nosotros apoyamos todo esfuerzo por conservar la seguridad alimentaria!!
  2. ¿Están los cursos disponibles en otros idiomas más allá del español?
    Si sabe dónde buscar, encontrará el curso correcto. Probablemente le alegre saber que el español es sólo uno de los 8 idiomas disponibles para el entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos de StateFoodSafety.com. Otras opciones de idioma incluyen inglés, mandarín, coreano, vietnamita, tagalo, serbocroata y lenguaje de señas americano.

Ahí las tiene, las principales preguntas y respuestas con respecto al entrenamiento para manipuladores de alimentos en Tejas. Esperamos que tenga una mejor comprensión de lo que se espera de usted y de lo que puede esperar de un curso acreditado de entrenamiento.

¿Necesita más información?
Lea más sobre los nuevos requisitos para los manipuladores de alimentos en Tejas aquí. Si usted está interesado en profundizar más sus conocimientos sobre la seguridad alimentaria, obtenga el curso de Entrenamiento para la tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos del estado de Tejas de StateFoodSafety.com.

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