Certified Food Protection Manager Certification

Formally called the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification, this program meets the eight-hour coursework and examination requirement set by the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Certified Food Protection Manager certification. Recertification is required every five years. 

The course is taught over two days, and the exam is administered the second day. A photo ID is required for the exam. Participants have an hour for lunch on their own. The program fee of $100 covers all the supplies & the exam. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals by email or call 800-446-0257.

The course and exam are through the National Registry's ANSI-Accredited Food Safety Managers Certification program. If the employers require the same certification through ServSafe, please contact Lisa Peterson for accommodations. 

If the class has less than five people registered, the course will be canceled, participants will be notified and refunded. If the dates, times, or location does not work and there is an audience of 5 or more people who would like the certification please contact Lisa Peterson for accommodations. 

2023 Class Schedule 

Christian County 
March 11 & 12 | 9am to 4pm (11)/ 1-4pm (12) 
Oct. 14 & 15 | 9am to 4pm (14)/ 1-4pm (15) 

Macoupin County
March 23 & 24 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 22 & 23 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Sept. 28 & 29 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 2 & 3 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Montgomery County
April 27 & 28 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 18 & 19 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
August 31 & Sept. 1 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 12 & 13 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


If you need to retake the exam, you may only take the exam twice in a 30-day period and must wait a full 24 hours between the 1st and 2nd attempt. No more than four attempts are allowed in a 12-month period. University of Illinois Extension does offer retesting for a $50.00 fee. Register for retesting and contact Lisa Peterson about setting up a time and date or call the local Extension office.


The state of Illinois requires those renewing their license to attend the 8-hour certification course and pass the national exam with a scaled score of at least 75% or higher.