Training and certifications

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


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.

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.

Learn more about CFPM certification by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health 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 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

University of Minnesota Extension Services

A 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 

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

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

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

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