Training meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act.
The ServSafe® course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is for individuals preparing for the exam. After attending the ServSafe® class(es) and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe® certificate, which meets the PDA requirement for food safety certification. To receive and maintain certification, all individuals are required to pass a certification exam every five (5) years.
Course fee covers cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe® Manager book, exam answer sheet, exam, and learning materials.
A revision to Section 1-201.12(A) and 2-102.20 (B) of the FDA Food Code now requires the Person in Charge (PIC) to be a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). As required by the Pennsylvania Food Employee Certification Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will begin the process of implementing regulations to reflect the FDA Food Code changes concerning Food Protection Manager Certification requirements. Considering the regulatory process, the new requirement to certify the Person in Charge as a CFPM will likely become effective sometime in 2020.
- Anyone who needs a ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certification
- Anyone who needs to meet the PDA requirements for food safety certification
- Restaurant managers
- Food service managers
- How to safely prepare food
- How to safely store, handle, and purchase food
- About foodborne microorganisms and allergens
- About personal hygiene
- How to manage pests
- How to clean and sanitize your facility
Penn State Extension Educators all hold advanced degrees, have received extensive training in food safety, and have experience working in the food industry. The Penn State Department of Food Science faculty provide ongoing training and support on the most current issues facing the industry. Additionally, strong relationships with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and industry leaders help Educators understand and meet the educational needs of our participants. As Penn State Extension Educators our goal is not only to help participants pass the certification exam but to learn the underlying principles of food safety so that they can educate their own staff.
Finally, Educators are based in the communities they serve and are a resource after the course is completed. Educators have access to the Penn State Extension system of experts even for the most difficult of questions.
The ServSafe Food Handler course provides a certificate of completion and is intended for front line employee food safety training, not manager. It does not meet the PDA requirements for manager certification.
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