Training and certifications

We explain State of Minnesota training and certification requirements for certain food businesses.

Free event food safety training

Seasonal and short-term vendors can learn about food safety for Minneapolis events. This free training is available in English and Spanish. It takes 30 minutes to complete.


The State of Minnesota requires food businesses to have a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) in place before opening and at all times after opening. 

The Minneapolis Health Department offers trainings for food handlers.

CFPM requirements

Certified Food Protection Manager

In Minneapolis, food businesses must have a Minnesota Department of Health Certified Food Protection Manager.

The Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) must be in place before opening and at all times after opening. CFPM training is available in several languages at multiple locations in the metro area.

Only Minnesota Department of Health Certified Food Protection Manager certificates are recognized in Minneapolis. 

Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health Certified Food Protection Manager website or call 651-201-4500.

See Certified Food Protection Manager course and recertification information from the Minnesota Department of Health  

Food handler courses

Minneapolis Health Department trainings

The Minneapolis Health Department offers three food handler training courses.

Trainings average about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours long. These are basic food safety training for food handlers. They are not Certified Food Protection Manager trainings.

Visit Food Handler Training for more information about the trainings

Minneapolis Licensed food businesses can request voucher codes for their staff to take a food handler training for free. 

Request free voucher codes


Find food safety classed from the University of Minnesota Extension Services 

K-12 food safety training

Food safety can be fun and interesting for students in any grade.

Teachers in Minneapolis schools can have a health inspector visit their class. Students will learn basics of food safety from a health inspector.

We will work with each teacher to create an age-appropriate lesson plan. For example:

  • Younger students might learn about basic hygiene when preparing food
  • High school students might learn about safe cooking temperatures and working in food service

Trainings typically last between 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Request a training

If you would like to have a health inspector visit your class, fill out our request form. We will contact you within three business days to discuss your teaching needs.

Fill out our Student Food Safety Training Request form



Trainings are presented in different formats. Some topics have hands-on learning components.

Popular topics include:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Basic food safety
  • Food allergies
  • Health inspections
  • Germ theory
  • Bacterial growth

Contact us

Environmental Health

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Minneapolis 311


Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday