Training & Certifications
The state of Minnesota requires some businesses to have a properly trained and certified individual(s) in place before opening and at all times thereafter. These businesses must have an officially trained individual(s) with state recognized certifications:
Certified Food Protection Manager
In Minneapolis, food businesses must have an MDH Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). The CFPM must be in place before opening and at all times thereafter. CFPM training is available in several languages at multiple locations in the metro area.
For Certified Food Protection Manager:
- Certification requirements
- Application forms
- Resources for training
visit Minnesota Department of Health's Certified Food Protection Manager website or call 651-201-4500.
Only MDH Certified Food Protection Manager certificates are recognized in Minneapolis.
Food handler courses
Minneapolis Health Department
The Minneapolis Health Department offers three Food Handler Training courses. Minneapolis licensed food businesses can contact the Health Department to request free voucher codes. The voucher codes allow their employees to take the food handler training for free. For more information visit the Food Handler Training webpage.
University of Minnesota
This popular two-hour course offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Services is designed to inform and train food handlers. The course teaches safe food handling in an interactive "show ‘n tell" format. How to reduce or eliminate food handling risks are emphasized. This class brings the frontline staff and others interested in food safety into fuller awareness of safe food handling practices.
Topics covered in the course include:
- Personal hygiene
- Handwashing information and a handwashing exercise
- Prevention of foodborne illness through time and temperature compliance
- Protecting food from cross-contamination
- Maintaining a clean and safe workplace
NOTE: This class does not count as the Certified Food Protection Manager course or re-certification. See Certified Food Protection Manager information .
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
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Last updated Apr 8, 2020