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Certified Food Protection Managers must know how to safely manage food service operations and supervise employees who handle food. This training course covers advanced safety topics for food managers and prepares you for your certification exam.

This course is completely online and includes a study guide and a practice test modeled after the exam. The training does not include the certification exam, which you must pass to become a certified food manager. Check with your state or local health department for more information.

Food Manager Training

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The most popular option if your area or employer only requires a demonstration of knowledge.

Online Training

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8 Hours (Start and Stop as Needed)

Free Practice Test

Unlimited Attempts

Prepares You for the Exam


Food Safety Manager Training
This manager-level food safety training course will prepare you to take the nationally approved Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.

Available in English, Español,普通话 and Việt. You will have an opportunity to choose your language after purchase.

Learning Objectives (Effective date October 29, 2020)
At the end of this course you will be able to: 
  • Identify food safety risks and create policies to address them 
  • Train employees to follow food safety policies 
  • Take appropriate action when an employee has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease 
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices 
  • Identify approved suppliers and methods for inspecting deliveries 
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention 
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures 
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations 
  • Prevent bacterial growth in Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods during all stages of the flow of food 
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations 

Practice Test

This food manager practice test is designed to simulate the real test experience. It will help you identify areas of strength and weakness before you sit for the actual food manager exam! You can take this practice test as many times as you want.

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 Training 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.

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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