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  • California Food Handler

    Learning objectives

    This course will take you through the fundamentals of food safety for your food handler training certificate. Once the course has been completed, you should have a good understanding of what foodborne illness is, how it is caused, and what you can do to help prevent it from occurring.

    Please note

    The State of California is now accepting the ANSI Accredited FHC course for food handler training and certification.  The certificate provided upon completion of this course is not valid in Riverside, San Bernardino, or San Diego Counties at this time.

    The State of California requires all manufacturers/producers of cannabis edibles to have food safety training.

    Course details:

    • Course access for 60 days
    • 3 chances to pass timed exam
    • Certificate valid for 3 years

Food Handler Classes

FoodHandlerClasses.com is part of the EduClasses® family of online educational courseware, test, and exam certification websites.

Our aim is to provide a convenient, online food handler course at a minimal cost. Our course allows for easy enrollment and purchase of the ANSI accredited food handler safety class. Students have stop-and-start access and may use the training material for the duration of the course. A certificate is immediately issued upon successful course completion and can be printed at any time. This certificate shows that the food handler has demonstrated the required learning competencies to handle food safely at a nationally accredited level.

Course Outline

The California Food Handlers Card law (sb 602, sb 303) requires that a food handler safety training course introduces the student to the fundamentals of food safety and instructs them on the basics of the following subjects:

  1. An understanding of the relationship between personal hygiene and food safety. How food-borne illness can be related to an employee's health. The association of hand contact, personal habits and behaviors to food-borne illness. The recognition of how management policies and procedures for a work place can contribute to improved food safety practices.
  2. A basic understanding of food-borne illness. The terms associated with food-borne illness, micro-organisms, hepatitis A, and toxins that can contaminate food. The illness that can be associated with contamination, definition and recognition of potentially hazardous foods, chemical, biological, and physical contamination of food, and the illnesses that can be associated with food contamination, and major contributing factors for food-borne illness.
  3. Knowledge of the relationship between time and temperature with respect to food-borne illness, including the relationship between time and temperature and micro-organisms during the various food handling,preparation, and serving states, and the type, calibration, and use of thermometers in monitoring food temperatures.
  4. The best methods of preventing food contamination in all stages of food handling, including terms associated with contamination and potential hazards prior to, during, and after delivery.
  5. Procedures for cleaning and sanitizing equipment and utensils.
  6. Problems and potential solutions associated with temperature control, preventing cross contamination, housekeeping and maintenance.

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FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a California Food Handlers Card?
A: In California food handler safety training certification is an employment requirement for food workers. All food employees must complete an accredited food safety training course then pass an exam. The certification from this assessment is used by to obtain a food handlers card.

Q: I have been hired as a food service worker. How long do I have to get a Food Handlers Card?
A: You have 30 days to pass a food safety training course and obtain a California Food Handlers Card.

Q: My existing California Food Handlers Card is due to expire. How soon should I replace it?
A: There is no grace period for expired California Food Handlers Cards. You are require by law to hold a valid card for the duration of your employment.

Q: Why do I need Food Handler Safety Training and a California Food Handlers Card?
A: It's the Law. California Senate bills 602 and 303 require workers involved in the service, handling, preparation or storage of food at a food facility to hold a valid California Food Handlers Card for the duration of their employment. To view the Food Handler Card Law, see Senate Bill 303.

Q: What is food handler safety training?
A: The California.FoodHandlerClasses.com food safety training course is designed to inform and educated students about the fundamentals of food safety, best hygiene practices, temperature control and the proper handling of food. The course educates students to be able to recognize hazards in food and avoid cross contamination. The knowledge obtained from taking the food handlers safety training course will help students become aware of the risks of the improper food handling, preparation and storage. Students will be able to understand the dangers of food-borne illness and gain valuable insites into healthy food safety practices.

Q: Is the FoodHandlerClasses.com food safety training course valid in California?
A: Yes the FHC food safety train course is valid throughout California except from Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties which have their own food safety programs. The food handlers safety certification course is accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and approved by the State of California.

Q: What is an ANSI food handler safety course?
A: Foodhandlerclasses.com is ANSI accredited (ID 1135) and is an approved provider for food handler safety training in California. An ANSI accredited course is one that has been audited and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Q: Who is considered a Food Worker?
A: Individuals working in the food services industry, handling food at restaurants, bars, kiosks, delis, bakeries, mobile food vendors and other food facilities are considered food workers.

Q: Whilst most food workers require certified food safety training, some are not subject to the California Food Handlers Law. Who is exempt?
A: Certified farmers markets, temporary food booths and food facilities with approved in-house food safety training are examples of an exempt status. The California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) has provided guidelines with a list of exemptions.

Q: How many questions are on the test and what grade do I need to pass it?
A: There are 40 questions on our California Food Safety Training test. You will need to answer 28 of the 40 questions correctly in order to achieve the 70% passing score.

Q: Do I need to finish the course the same day I start it?
A: The course study material is self paced and saves your progress, so you can work on it when the time is convenient for you. However, once you begin the exam, you must complete it in one sitting.

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