How Do You Get Your Texas Food Handlers Card and Certification?
- All you need to do is register.
- Go through the material.
- Print your certificate and Texas Food Handler Card once you’ve finished.
- Some local health departments require additional registration and fees. Contact your health department before or after your complete the course to find out.
If you’re going to be working with or near food, you need to get certified. Our Texas Online Food Handler Program is the quickest, easiest and most affordable way to start your next career.
Who is Exempt from Food Handlers Certification in Texas?
While 99% of individuals who work in the Texas food and beverage industry need to obtain their Texas Food Handler Card, a small percentage of individuals are exempt. Typically, you either do not fit the qualifications for “food handling” or you are already certified at a higher level. There are two main reasons why you may be exempt:
- If you are a Certified Food Manager, which means you need to have already passed the official CFM exam, you are exempt. Everything that is covered in the Texas Food Handler Course is also covered in the CFM training program. If you are already certified as a manager, you do not need to take any additional food handler courses.
- If you work at a food establishment that only serves prepackaged items or if you work at a temporary food establishment, you are exempt. If you work with prepackaged items, you are far less likely to have to deal with the most common causes of foodborne illnesses because you will never come directly into contact with the food. If you work at a temporary food establishment—such as food booths at fairs, sporting events, etc.—laws govern your interactions with foods, but you do not need to get your food handler certification and card.
You also may be exempt from food handler training as long as you are supervised by a certified food manager or a person who has had either food handler certification through an accredited course for the following reasons:
- You have a documented Intellectual Disability.
- You are in a rehabilitation or correctional facility and you work with food or food related items as part of your rehabilitation.
- You “aid in activities of daily living (ADLs),” including but not limited to certified nurse assistants and nurses.
- You distribute pre-portioned food items in settings such as classrooms, daycare or similar facilities.
- You are a volunteer. This means you may work with food or food-related items but are not employed by the food establishment.
More About Our Texas Food Handlers Online Course
How Long Does it Take?
Our course will take approximately two hours to complete. This is not an arbitrary number and you will find that nearly all food handler courses take about two hours. This is mandated by the state of Texas.
We do not require that you take your entire course in one sitting, though. Because our course is online, we are able to offer access to the course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can take your course entirely at your own pace. You create a username and a password when you sign up for the course, and it is up to you to finish the two-hour classroom requirement on your own time.
What Topics Does the Course Cover?
Our course covers only the five mandatory food safety topics as they are mandated by the state of Texas and outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services—you can read more about the Accreditation of Food Handler Training Programs.
Our five modules are pulled directly from the Texas requirements. They cover the following information:
- Module 1: Foodborne Illness—approximately 24 minutes
- Definition of foodborne disease outbreak
- Causes and preventive measures
- Employee reporting requirements
- Module 2: Good Hygienic Practices—approximately 24 minutes
- How to practice proper hygiene when you are come into contact with food
- Proper handwashing
- Proper dishwashing
- Module 3: Preventing Contamination by Employees—approximately 24 minutes
- Requirements for contact with ready-to-eat food with your bare hands
- How to safely transport food
- How to move food from the kitchen to a customer without contamination
- Module 4: Cross Contamination—approximately 24 minutes
- Prevention of cross-contamination of foods and sanitization methods
- How to handle raw meat
- How to separate and sanitize various food preparation utensils
- How to separate and sanitize food preparation surfaces
- Module 5: Time and Temperature—approximately 24 minutes
- Time and temperature control of foods to limit pathogen growth and toxin production
- How to cook raw meat to proper temperature
- When and what to refrigerate
- How long perishable food items last in the freezer, refrigerator and at room temperature
Our course is reading based and can be taken on any laptop, desktop or tablet. We simply move through the five modules, and you are required to hold yourself accountable when it comes to digesting and retaining the materials.
We do not require you to pass any tests or exams. Once you’re finished with the class, you’re certified.
Why Get Your Texas Food Handler Card Online?
- It is required.
- If you are working in the food and beverage industry, you do not have documented disabilities that keep you from getting certified and you are not already certified by the state of Texas at a higher level, you are required to get your food handler certification and card.
- You’ll learn how to protect your customers.
- When you are working in the food and beverage industry, your entire career is built on how well you take care of your customers. From food preparation to food service—chefs and bartenders alike—your customer is your number one priority. Your food handler card and certification will teach you what you need to know to keep your customer safe.
- You’ll learn how to protect yourself.
- Foodborne illnesses don’t just affect customers. If you are coming into contact with contaminated food or are potentially working with someone who is too sick to be working in a kitchen environment, you are at risk. Learn how to protect yourself by learning exactly how to handle food, what to do when your colleagues are sick and how to minimize your own risk in every way.
- You’ll be protecting your establishment.
- When foodborne illnesses break out, businesses close. When your employer is forced to shut their establishment, you’re out of a job. Proper food handling is vital if you are interested in pursuing and fostering a career in the food and beverage industry.
- Your resume will look better.
- While you are technically required to get your certification within the first 60 days of your employment, it is a better plan to go into your next interview already certified. This shows your potential employer that you are experienced, you have the knowledge and the skill set necessary to do your job well and you are serious about your career.