TAP Series Online Food Safety Course

This is an online training course for food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials and inspectors. The online portion can be taken anytime, but the exam is proctored at a scheduled location.
TAP Series Online Food Safety Course - Webinars
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Note: The exam must be taken in person and is only offered in certain areas.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) requires that every retail foodservice operation have at least one employee who holds a “nationally recognized food safety manager certification” such as ServSafe®. Further, a certified person must be available during all hours of the operation (they do not need to be present, but accessible). To receive and maintain certification all individuals are required to pass a certification exam every five (5) years.

The TAP Online Food Safety Certification Course, offered by Penn State Extension, is for individuals preparing for the exam. After completing the online course 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. This certification is valid for 5 years.

The TAP Online Food Safety Certification Course offered by Penn State Extension will help your establishment fulfill this PDA requirement for certification. If you are uncertain as to whether you need certification, contact your regional PDA office.

Online Food Safety Training Course:

  • Provides a self-paced learning experience from work or home.
  • Interactive online learning.
  • Training includes colorful graphics, animations, full-motion video, audio, and interactive learning exercises. Practice exam to prepare learner for the certification exam.
  • Certification exam is a proctored exam and fulfills the PDA Food Employee Certification requirement with a passing score of 75% or higher.
  • Program must be completed within 180 days from the date registrant is enrolled by the instructor.
  • Available in English and Spanish.
Who is this for?

Individuals preparing for a food safety manager certification, such as ServSafe®

What will you learn?
  • The Need for Food Safety Training
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Hygiene, Health & Food Safety
  • Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparing, Cooking and Serving
  • Environment: Equipment, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Pest Control and Facilities
  • The HACCP System


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