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Become a Certified Food Protection Manager

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Do you currently have a position handling food, or are you looking for a job in the food industry?

If so, consider becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager. The Illinois Department of Public Health requires retail food establishment managers to obtain an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certificate. This requirement helps ensure consumers’ safety when eating away from home.

Those receiving this certification have specialized training regarding the safe handling, preparation, and storage of food to help prevent foodborne-related illnesses. The certificate is valid for five years from the exam date and must be retaken once the certificate expires.

University of Illinois Extension will hold the CFPM course on Tuesday, April 9, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM AND Friday, April 12, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at the DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St. Galena, IL 61036. Participants must attend the full two-day training to be eligible for the exam. Please bring a valid photo ID and arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

There is a $125 program fee to cover this educational session. This fee covers the purchase of educational materials, examinations, and lunch. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Contact our office at (815) 858-2273 or visit us online at to register.

If you or members of your organization need food handler training for non-restaurant food handlers, we offer that class, too! Contact our local office to learn more.

Please contact the Extension office at (815) 858-2273 if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Diane Reinhold is a University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition, and Wellness Educator and registered dietitian. For more about upcoming programming on nutrition and wellness, visit or call (815) 858-2273.

About Extension

Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.