Training and certifications
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 Minnesota Department of Health 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.
Minneapolis Licensed food businesses can request voucher codes for their staff to take a food handler training for free.
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.