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How to become an Illinois Certified Food Protection Manager with our ANSI accredited Certification Exam and optional Course

First choose the Food Manager Course or Exam – or  Course / Exam Bundle

The Food Manager Prep Course is not mandatory to be certified, however some jurisdictions do require you take it. Passing the exam makes you a certified food manager.

We will send a confirmation email with the Food Manager Course / Exam instructions. Stop and restart the course as often as your want.

The Proctored Exam is 100% Online and must be finished once started. You have 2 attempts to pass the exam if needed.

You will print your official “Certified Food Protection Manager” Certificate of Completion after passing the exam


Is 360Training / Learn2Serve Food Manager Training the same as ServSafe?

Yes. 360Training / Learn2Serve ® is an official brand name just like ServSafe, StateFood Safety, eFood, Premier, etc.

Our distinction is superb customer support, low prices, the newest technology, and many years of online training experience. Learn2Serve is ANSI Accredited Program Certificate Issuer: #0975

Have more questions about Food Manager Certification? See our FAQ

Why is Texas Food Manager Certification Different?

Texas Food Managers have a Texas DSHS Exam. Texans may take the Food Manager Course and Texas Exam online with no proctor.

However, if you need the National ANSI-CFP Certification Exam in Texas, you may only take it with our online proctors.

* NOTICE: All 50 states may take the ANSI Accredited Food Handler Course or the Food Allergens Course with no proctor.

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Why Professional Food Protection Managers in Illinois choose us for their training and Certification

  • The Learn2Serve Food Manager Training Course and Exam we offer has been used by thousands of Food Protection Managers in Illinois and Nationwide to get their Food Managers Certification Card
  • We are the official online partner of 360Training / Learn2Serve since 2003
  • The Learn2Serve Exam is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and is accepted Nationwide for Food Safety Management
  • Your Food Protection Manager Certification is valid for 5 years (Some localities may have a 2 or 3 year expiration date. Check with your local officials)
  • Note: Food Protection Manager Certification is also known as Food Sanitation Manager, Food Safety Manager, Food Service Manager, and Food Handler Manager Food Management Certification, among other titles

What is the difference between an Illinois Food Handler and a Food Handler Manager?

A Food Handler prepares or serves food under the supervision of a Food Handler Manager or other Person in Charge (PIC).

Our ANSI-CFP Accredited Food Handlers Card is provided by 360Training / Learn2Servem our online partner

Print your 2 Year Food Handler Certificate / Permit / Card on completion of the exam

The ANSI Accredited Food Handlers Certification is valid Nationwide. It is available in English or Spanish ( Florida, Ohio, and Utah have exclusive Certificates )

Did you lose your Food Handlers Card? You can log back in with your username and password and reprint it anytime

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Attention: All States (except Texas), Mobile & Tablet Users
The Food Manager ANSI Exam may only be taken online with a Desktop or Laptop with a camera and mic capability. However, you may still take the Food Manager Course, Food Handler, Food Allergy, HACCP and Alcohol Server Courses on your phone or tablet. The Courses Menu is found below

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Is Food Manager Certification Training Required in my State?

About half of the United States requires mandatory Food Protection Manager Certification at the state level. Most of the other states have mandatory Food Safety Manager Certification at the County or even city level. Even the states that don't have mandatory food manager certification statewide, highly encourage it.

We have listed the Mandatory States and the States by County Mandated below. For more detailed information about your state or county, find your home state page in the website menu at the top of this page or click your state below. If you can’t find what you need there, you will find a direct link to your state’s regulatory authority.

States with Mandatory Food Protection Manager Certification: AlaskaCaliforniaConnecticutFloridaGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIndianaLouisianaMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandTexasUtahWisconsinWashington D.C.

States with Mandatory Food Manager Training at the County Level: AlabamaArizonaColoradoHawaiiIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew MexicoNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeVermontVirginiaWashington

Why do I need to be a Certified Food Safety Manager anyway?

Illinois Food Protection Manager Certification Training is intended to prevent food-borne illness by learning food safety procedures to protect the public, other food workers, and your business.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets some type of food-borne illness. Of these, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food-borne disease. Many of these illnesses were acquired in food establishments.



Certified Food Safety Manager Course Topics

Food Safety Enforcement & Why It’s Important • How Foodborne Illness is Caused & How to Identify it • Identify Physical, Biological, & Chemical Contamination • Food Preservation & Food Temperature Control • Personal Hygiene in the Workplace • Safely Receiving and Storing Food • Safe Cleaning, Sanitation, Pest Control, and Facility Planning • HACCP Program, and More Food Safety Manager Certification Requirements

Illinois Food Protection Manager Illinois Requirements

Food Safety Training for Managers: Yes 
Food Manager Renewal Frequency: Industry standard is 5 years (This time may vary. Check with your local authorities)
Food Manager Exam required: Yes 
ANSI Food Handler Training : Yes 
Food Handler Renewal Frequency: Every 2 to 5 years. (Check with local authority)
Local Requirements: Check with local food safety officials
5 largest Cities in Illinois : 
Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville

State of Illinois Food Safety Contact Information

Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Website
Mailing Address:
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies
525 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001
Phone: (217) 782-4977

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Website


We have been the online training partner of 360Training / Learn2Serve since 2003. We have an extensive history of working in all aspects of the food, beverage, and hospitality business from dishwasher to restaurant owner. 

Together with Learn2Serve, our websites have been used as access in training thousands of food service managers, food handler managers, food handlers, and alcohol servers.

We also have live food manager, food handler, and TABC Certification classes in Texas through  Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

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