Extension to offer Certified Food Protection Manager course in November

DECATUR, Ill. — This November, University of Illinois Extension in Macon County is offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Manager course and test. The Illinois Department of Public Health requires all food establishments be supervised by a Certified Food Protection Manager during hours of operation.

The two-day course will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 10 and November 12 at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.  Participants must attend both classes. The certificate exam will take place November 12. Please bring a valid photo ID to the exam.

The class will be taught by Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the national certification exam. Topics include food-borne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, cleaning and sanitization. Food service staff need to renew certification every five years.

Illinois Extension requires that participants wear a mask, complete a symptom check, have their forehead temperature taken, and practice social distancing during the two-day event.

Please register by October 16 or call (217) 877-6042. A course fee of $100 covers the cost of class materials and the exam. Retests will cost $50. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals at (800) 446-0257 or customer.service@nrfsp.com.

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.                                                   

Writer: Maria Lightner, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

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