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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 requirements for food businesses

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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:

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:

NOTE: This class does not count as the Certified Food Protection Manager course or re-certification. See Certified Food Protection Manager information .


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Last updated Apr 8, 2020



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