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How to Get Your California Food Handlers Card Online

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California Food Handlers Card

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You will need to take a special course if you work in one of the following areas: Riverside CountySan Bernardino CountySan Diego County, and Siskiyou County.

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How to Get Your California Food Handlers Card Online



  • 7 Languages Available
  • 100% Online
  • Course Length: 75 Minutes
  • Start and Stop as Needed


  • 2 Test Attempts

  • 70% to Pass

  • Pass Rate: 90%


Print Certificate

  • Print from Home
  • Card Valid for 3 Years
  • Training Access for 1 Year

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About Course

Format: Online
Compatible Devices: Computer, tablet, and smartphone (Android, iOS)
Available Languages: English, Español, 普通话, 한국어, Việt, American Sign Language, Tagalog
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Length: 75 Minutes (Start and stop as needed)

To get your card, simply watch the training videos and pass the test. More than 90% of people who take this course pass.

The California Food Handlers Card training course prepares food handlers to work in the state of California. If you're a manager, click here to get your food manager certification.

To get your card, simply watch the training videos and pass the test. More than 90% of people who take this course pass. Try the course before you buy it! Click here to demo the course. 

This course is ANAB accredited and approved by the state of California. If you’re a food handler working in California, this course is for you. 

Note: you must take a special course if you work in one of the following areas: Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, and Siskiyou County.

This program’s purpose is to provide food handlers with the information they need to handle food safely. This information may include content specified by state or local regulations.

This program will teach or reiterate responsible food handling principles to the learner.

Learning Objectives (Effective date April 29, 2020)
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Recognize how food can cause illness or allergic reactions.
  • Prevent contamination of food and food-contact surfaces with the hands and body.
  • Identify which symptoms or illnesses must be reported to a manager.
  • Use time and temperature control throughout the flow of food.
  • Maintain a clean environment for food preparation and service.

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California Food Handlers Card FAQs

Do I need a California food handlers card?

If you are a food handler, yes! California law requires you to get your card within 30 days of starting work.

How do I get my California food handlers card?

Select a food handlers course that's approved in your area. After you pass the online food handler test, we'll automatically add your card to your account.

What do I get when I finish this course?

State of California Food Handlers Card.

How long is my California food handlers card valid?

Three years

How do I renew my California food handlers card?

If your food handler card has expired, you will need to purchase and retake the California Food Handlers Card training.

What is a certification vs certificate program?

A certificate program is a training program combined with an assessment. Successful participants in these programs receive a certificate, not a certification. A certification program is an exam that yields a certification to individuals who pass. Certification programs do not include a formal training component, although training may be used to prepare. For example, anyone who passes the California food handler course and test will get a California food handlers certificate. Anyone who passes the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam will get a food manager certification valid in California.

Is this food handlers card training and test approved for my area?

This training and test is approved for use throughout California. You’ll need to take a different course if you work in one of the following areas: Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, and Siskiyou County.

Is this course equivalent to the ServSafe Food Handler California course?

Yes! This training and test has been ANAB accredited and approved by the state of California. It is legally equivalent to all other accredited, approved California food handler courses, including the one sold by ServSafe.

How do I reprint my food handlers card?

If you lost your current food handler card, you can reprint it by logging into your account. Find the Certificates window on your dashboard and locate your card. Click View Certificate and then Print.

What is a food handlers card?

A food handler card is a certificate, card, or permit that shows you have completed a food safety course that is approved by your state and county, and that you understand the basics of food safety.

Certificate Reprint

In most areas, you can reprint your required Food Handler Certificate by logging in to your account.

  1. Login.
  2. Find the Certificates window on your dashboard.
  3. Locate the digital version of your certificate and click View Certificate.
  4. Select Print or Email.

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Note: In some areas, you get your official Food Handler Certificate from the local health department. If you have lost the card you received from your state, county, or local health department, you will need to call that health department to obtain a new card, permit, or certificate.

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By: leticia on Apr 28, 2024

ive taken many food handlers tests over the years and this one was fun & kept me focused & i learned a few new things i didnt know!

Simple and straightforward

By: Brandy on Apr 20, 2024

This was very informative, clear and straightforward.

good class

By: good course on Mar 11, 2024

I do enjoy this course very much

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