Ohio Person In Charge Certification in Food Protection

This course was previously known as Ohio Level One Certification, and has been approved by the Ohio Department of Health as a Person in Charge Food Protection Certification Course.
  • Course Length: 120 minutes (Start and stop as needed)
  • Format: Online
  • Compatible Devices: Computer, tablet, and smartphone (Android, iOS)
  • Available Languages: English, Español
    Choose your language after purchase.
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Special Instructions

Person In Charge Certification in Food Protection is a mandated training for the person in charge per shift of a risk level I, II, III, and IV food service operation or retail food establishment in the following instances:

  • When a new foodservice operation or a new retail food establishment is licensed after March 1, 2010 unless the individual has successfully completed an equivalent or more comprehensive certification in food protection course (Food Manager Certification). 
  • When a foodservice operation or retail food establishment has been implicated in a foodborne disease outbreak. 
  • When the licensor has documented a failure to maintain sanitary conditions as per section 3717.29 of the Revised Code for a retail food establishment or section 3717.49 of the Revised Code for a foodservice operation.


What is food handlers training?

Food handlers training, also called food safety training, teaches the basics of safe food preparation to employees in restaurants and other food service facilities. Food safety is so important that three federal agencies, states and local health authorities work together to create food handler training standards.

The exact content and requirements for food handlers training vary by location, but it usually includes topics like cooking times, safe heating and cooling, sanitization standards, risk factors for foodborne illness and other crucial food safety guidelines.

Is this certification the same as Ohio Level One Certification?

Yes. The Ohio Department of Health changed the name of this course to Ohio Person in Charge Certification. It was previously known as Ohio Level One Certification.

What do I get at the end of food handlers training?

You will receive an Ohio Person in Charge Training Certificate immediately after completing your training. If you take a county-specific training program, your certificate will include the name of your county. You can print a new food handlers certificate at any time by logging into your course.

How long do I have access to Ohio Person in Charge Certification in Food Protection training?

Once you purchase the course, you have full access to all course materials for one year. That means you can rewatch lesson videos, refresh your knowledge and reprint your certificate at any time for 12 full months.

What’s the difference between a food handlers card and a food handlers certificate?

The main difference is the size of the document. A food handlers card is designed to fit in your wallet as a convenient way to show you hold an approved food handlers certificate.

Both a food handlers card and a food handlers certificate serve as proof that you have satisfied the necessary food safety training requirements to work in a food service establishment.

Where can I learn more about food safety?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides general information about the principles of food safety. For more information about foodborne illnesses, food poisoning and populations at an elevated risk, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

To learn about local health codes and food safety requirements, contact your state or local department of health or related agency.

Is your food handlers training available in multiple languages?

Yes, our programs are available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, American Sign Language and more. You can select the course language during checkout. Language options may vary by location.