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Everything You Need to Get Certified

Food manager certification is recommended for anyone who supervises staff that handles food in any capacity. To become a certified food manager, you must pass a food manager certification exam. This exam is the best option for experienced food industry workers who have already completed food manager training or have on-the-job experience managing food employees.

You can complete your exam online or schedule an in-person session at a testing center near you. Food manager training, which may be required in some locations, is not included. Check with your local health department for more information on certification requirements.

Exam Proctor Options

Important: All food manager exams must be monitored by a StateFoodSafety-approved proctor. help

Taking the Exam in a Testing Center

With this proctoring option, you will take the exam at a PSI testing center. Before you continue, please read the terms below.

  • Check Location: We recommend that you check if there's a testing center near you by entering your zip code and clicking Check Location below.
  • Schedule the Exam: After you purchase, you can schedule* your exam in your StateFoodSafety account.
  • Arrive 15 Minutes Early: On the day of your exam, go to the testing center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Bring Photo ID: Bring a government-issued photo ID with you to the testing center.

*Please be aware that you may be charged fees for rescheduling or cancelling a session. For more details, see PSI's FAQ

*Locations may be checked in the dashboard and if no location is available in your area, you may reach out for a full refund within 30 days.

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Taking the Exam Online with a Remote Proctor

Online proctoring is a great option to take your Food Protection Manager Certification Exam from the comfort of your own home or office.

To participate in online proctoring, you must:

  • Have a webcam and microphone attached to your computer
  • Have a private room to take the exam in
  • Have a current, government-issued ID

For more information, watch our online proctoring requirements video or download our Exam Procedures PDF.

System Requirements:

  • For PC Users: Windows 10 (64-bit only) or Windows 11 (64-bit only). Not supported: Windows in S-mode or Windows Enterprise.
  • For Mac Users: MacOS Ventura (13.x), Monterey (12.x), or Big Sur (11.x)
  • Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04 or 22.04
  • Screen resolution: 1024x768 or higher
  • Bandwidth: 750kbps or higher (download and upload speed)
  • Chromebooks, phones, virtual machines and tablets are currently not compatible with online proctoring

Phones and tablets are currently not compatible with online proctoring.

Use this System Test to see if all requirements are met.

Note: You'll be able to schedule the exam after purchase. If you miss your scheduled appointment time, you will be asked to pay the proctor fee again in order to reschedule.

Online Proctoring

For more detailed information about online proctoring, download our Exam Procedures Document.

Exam Procedures Document

Employer or Health Department Proctored Exam

How It Works

You have selected Employer or Health Department Proctored as your proctoring option. This means your exam will need to be monitored either by your employer or by your local health department.

Please be aware that StateFoodSafety cannot guarantee that your employer has an in-house proctoring service or that your local health department provides proctors. To find out if your employer or health department offers this service, talk to your supervisor or contact your local health department before completing your purchase.

Note that some proctors charge an additional fee.

How to Schedule an Employer or Health Department Proctored Exam

If you are using your employer's in-house proctoring service, talk to your supervisor to schedule your exam.

If you are using a health department service, you will register for your exam in your StateFoodSafety account. After completing your purchase, log into your account and go to the My Courses tab. Click the Start button next to the exam to schedule it.

Food Manager Exam


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What's Included in Exam

The best option if you don't need to brush up on your food manager training and only need the certification exam.

Certification Exam

ANAB Accredited (Nationally Approved)

75 Questions (2-Hour Time Limit)

750/1000 Points to Pass


Food Protection Manager Certification Exam
The Food Safety Manager Certification credential communicates to the food service and retail industry that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace. This credential is received by passing the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.

Exam Content DescriptionPercent of Exam
Preventing Food Contamination35%
Food Worker Health and Hygiene23%
Equipment and Utensils15%
Managerial Responsibilities12%
Regulatory Compliance and Records8%
Facility Design7%

How To Get Certified

  1. Select a course that includes the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.
  2. Select an exam session with a proctor. You can do this during the registration process or any time after.
  3. Purchase course and finish registration process.
  4. Prepare for the exam with the StateFoodSafety Food Safety Manager Training and Course Assessment.
  5. Take the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam at your scheduled proctored session. Don't forget your photo ID! *
  6. Print your Food Safety Manager Certificate from your account at statefoodsafety.com ** This certificate is good for 5 year(s).

The exam is closed book. You will be responsible for adhering to the Examinee Code of Ethics and all rules explained by the proctor.

*Must be a valid government-issued photo ID.

**Must pass the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam to receive a certificate.

Training Demo

Course Demo
Sharpen your managerial skills and arm yourself with essential food safety know-how! Learn everything from how to prevent food hazards to how to create employee training programs. This course prepares you to take the StateFoodSafety.com Certified Food Protection Manager Exam.

Get a feel for what the exam will be like with this exam-taking tutorial.

What Food Managers Are Saying

“...I can definitely say this course was much more enjoyable and effective than the other course I took several years ago.”

“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and ease of the online course.”

“I would definitely recommend my family and friends to take [this] online course!”

Mason County, WV Food Protection Manager Certification Exam FAQs

What is a food protection manager certification?

A Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) is a food manager or supervisor who has the knowledge and skills to oversee the safe storage, preparation and service of food in the workplace. To become a CFPM, you must earn your food protection manager certification.

Most locations require CFPMs to pass an ANAB-accredited or state-accepted certification exam. Food manager training prepares you for the exam and covers food safety topics beyond the basics of food handlers training. You’ll receive in-depth instruction in subjects like time and temperature control, preventing foodborne illness, cross-contamination, managerial responsibilities, regulatory compliance and more.

Who needs food protection manager certification?

Food manager certification is often required for the supervisors or managers of food-service employees. Everyone from head chefs to shift supervisors qualify as food managers. If you supervise staff who handle food in any capacity — including preparation, storage, service and tasks involving food contact surfaces and food utensils — our food manager training and certification program can help you comply with state requirements for certification.

Food managers don’t just work in restaurants, either. Establishments that require a CFPM may include:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Bars and lounges
  • Retail food stores
  • School cafeterias
  • Detention facilities
  • Catering operations
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Theaters
  • Hotels

Many states require food establishments to have a designated certified food manager who is responsible for ensuring the safety of food operations. In some cases, a CFPM is required to be on shift at all times. Check with your state or local health department for information on specific requirements.

Is StateFoodSafety’s Food Protection Manager Certification Exam equivalent to the ServSafe exam?

Yes, this exam is equivalent to the Food Protection Manager Certification programs from ServSafe (National Restaurant Association), the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), Learn2Serve (360training.com) and other approved providers.

What is the difference between food manager certification and food manager training?

Food manager certification is a designation you can earn by passing an ANAB-accredited or state-accepted exam. The Certified Food Protection Manager Exam is proctored and can be completed online or in person.

Food manager training is designed to prepare you for the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. The training course is 100% online, so you can stop and start whenever you like. Lessons provide in-depth training on food safety topics you will be tested on during the certification exam. Subjects include preventing food contamination, food worker health and hygiene, equipment and utensils, managerial responsibilities, regulatory compliance, records and facility design.

As a bonus, StateFoodSafety’s training and certification package includes a study guide, a keyword glossary and a full-length practice test that simulates the real exam experience. You have unlimited attempts to take the practice test.

What do I get after passing the West Virginia food manager certification exam?

After you pass the certification exam, you will receive a Food Protection Manager Certification that is valid for five years. This certificate verifies that you are qualified to safely manage food handlers in a food service establishment. You can access your certificate by logging into your StateFoodSafety account, and you can reprint a copy at any time.

How long do I have access to the certification exam and food manager training?

You will have up to one year from the date of purchase to pass your certification exam. Please note that the exam must be scheduled in advance. We recommend scheduling your exam no later than one week before expiration to avoid any issues.

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

How long is West Virginia Food Safety Manager Certification valid?

Your Food Protection Manager Certification and the Food Safety Manager Training certificate are both valid for five years. Some state or local regulations may require you to retest or recertify more frequently. Check with your employer or local health department for more information.

Before your certification expires, you will need to recertify by taking the exam again. You will have to purchase and successfully pass another exam to renew your certification.

What are the steps to become a Certified Food Protection Manager?

The full certification process includes six steps. To become certified, you will need to:

  1. Select a StateFoodSafety package that includes the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.
  2. Select an exam proctor option. You can choose to take your proctored exam at a physical testing site or online using a webcam and microphone.
  3. Purchase your certification package and finish the full registration process.
  4. Study for the exam on your own or with Food Safety Manager Training and the included practice test. Our online course and study materials prepare you for the exam.
  5. Take the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam at your scheduled proctored session. You will need a valid government-issued photo ID to take the test. Download the Exam Procedures PDF to learn more about the testing process.
  6. Print your Food Safety Manager Certificate from your account at statefoodsafety.com. Download and print your certificate as soon as you pass!

Where can I learn more about food manager training and Certified Food Protection Managers?

The requirement for food establishments to have a Certified Food Protection Manager was added to the 2017 FDA Food Code. To find out more about the requirements for CFPMs, consult the newest edition of the FDA Food Code.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the use of CFPMs after a 2006 study from the Environmental Health Specialists Network found that restaurants with certified food safety staff are less likely to be involved in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses than those without.

Certificate Reprint

In most areas, you can reprint your required Food Manager 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.

Login To Reprint

View Certificate

Note: In some areas, you get your official Food Manager 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.

Example certificate

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