Let us help you comply with Florida’s Food Handler Certification Requirement
Florida food handler training is mandated by Florida law (509.049) within 60 days of hire. Every non managerial food & beverage employee front and back of the house in an establishment licensed under the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Hotels & Restaurants (DOHR) needs food handler certification. The course is very basic and the certification card obtained upon completion of the course is good for (3) three years.
We conduct the initial training for your current staff and keep up with training your new hires. Our live training is conducted throughout the state of Florida at convenient locations on a regular basis.
Of course, our program is an approved one and our instructors are all certified food managers.
In our live training courses, the instructor provides the required training with regard to safety and sanitation, the prevention of food borne illness and cross contamination, personal hygiene, proper handwashing, food borne hazards, food allergies and many other pertinent topics.
We issue certification cards for each employee, provide the establishment with a copy of each card and a report reflecting every employee who attended the training as well as a certificate for the property to display.
A report is generated and sent electronically to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants reflecting each employee who we certify.
Meetings are provided for where you may send your new hires to live training food handler courses within the 60 day requirement from the time they are hired.
We have bi-lingual instructors who can teach in different languages upon request.
Food Handler certification is good for three years and must include all dishwashers, cooks, hosts, servers, bartenders, bussers, barbacks and expeditors.
Managers must have current food manager certification cards. Food Handler is not the same as food manager certification and will not substitute for it. See Food Manager for food manager certification course information.
When an inspector from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants (DOHR) inspects a restaurant, he checks to see that everyone is trained and has a current certification card. It is a violation if they don’t and is punishable by up to a $1000 fine.
Consequently, if you would like to hear how we can keep you compliant with this law, please call us at 305-628-2428 or 800-329-7081 or email us at so that we may assist you in this effort.
Our food handler course will soon be available online.