Get your Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate now

Do you currently have a position handling food or are you looking to find a position in the food industry? If so, consider getting your Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification. 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 to ensure the safety of consumers 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 a certificate expires.

University of Illinois Extension will hold a web-based Certified Food Protection Manager course, March 8 through March 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. This online course will be held over a period of three days, with the exam given in-person on March 12. Participants must be present for all three days to be eligible to take the exam. This course will be taught using Zoom, and participants will need a web-camera.

On Friday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, participants will take the exam in-person at Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL, building H, room 201A, Use parking lot A.

There is a $100 program fee to cover this educational session. Registration is required to attend. To register or for more details, please contact our office at (815) 235-4125 or visit us online at    

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office at (815) 235-4125 at least 30 days before the program.  

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) 235-4125.