Is your supervisor certified in food protection?

DECATUR, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health requires all food establishments be supervised by a Certified Food Protection Manager during hours of operation. This March, University of Illinois Extension in Macon County is offering the state-mandated Certified Food Protection Manager class virtually. Food service staff need to renew certification every five years.

The three-day course will be 9 a.m. to noon on March 17, 18, and 19 via Zoom. Participants must attend all three classes. The exam will be scheduled by the student through a Pearson Vue testing center.

Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf will teach the class, which 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.

Please register by March 5 or call (217) 877-6042. A course fee of $50 will cover exam voucher to Pearson Vue. Class materials will be available to print at no cost or students may request printed and mailed materials at additional cost. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals at (800) 446-0257 or

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.

Source: Caitlin Mellendorf, MS, RD, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension

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

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