Food handler training

We encourage food workers in Minneapolis to take an online basic food handler training course.

Free online food safety training for food workers in Minneapolis

Minneapolis food businesses can request free voucher codes from the Minneapolis Health Department. The voucher codes allow staff to take an online food safety training for free.

The food safety trainings are valuable for anyone working in a food business.

  • Kitchen food handlers
  • Servers and other staff
  • Volunteers serving food at events

A food handler certificate and card are awarded to every person who successfully completes any of the training courses. 

Food workers outside Minneapolis can take a food handler training by going to the Minneapolis Food Safety Training site. The cost is $20 per course. Only credit, debit and prepaid debit cards are accepted.

Food safety trainings

The Minneapolis Health Department has three trainings to choose from. No previous food safety training is required. 

All trainings use short animated lessons and videos to teach basic food safety on topics such as: 

  • Keeping food safe
  • Temperature danger zone
  • Hot and cold holding
  • Avoiding cross-contamination
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Personal Hygiene

The same topics are taught in all three trainings.

The trainings and tests are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

To begin a Food Handler training, visit Minneapolis Health Department Food Safety Training webpage.

Food Handler Level 1 (simplified)

Food Handler Level 1 is ideal for people whose native language is not English, have a visual learning style or have special learning needs.

The Level 1 training takes approximately 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

The Food Handler Level 1 training is available in English.

The training is divided into five sections, or modules. At the end of each module is a short test with six questions. You must answer all the questions correctly to move to the next module. Each test can be taken an unlimited number of times. 

Food Handler Level 2 (standard)

Food Handler Level 2 is ideal for staff who would like a more in-depth training. 

Completing the Level 2 training takes approximately 60 - 90 minutes.

Food Handler Level 2 training is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Serbo-Croatian, and American Sign Language (ASL).

To receive the course certificate, you need to pass a 30-question test with at least 21 correct answers. You can take the test twice.

Food Safety Essentials at special events and festivals

Food Safety Essentials is ideal for staff and volunteers working with food or beverages at farmers markets and events. 

The Food Safety Essentials training is available in English and Spanish.

This training takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete.

To receive the course certificate, you need to pass a 20-question test with at least 14 correct answers. You can take the test twice.


The food handler trainings are not Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) classes. Find Certified Food Protection Manager classes on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Free voucher codes

Minneapolis licensed food businesses and vendors at Minneapolis events can request free voucher codes for their staff.

To request voucher codes fill out the voucher code request form 


  • Your contact email and phone number
  • Business name and address
  • Training course name(s)
  • Number(s) of voucher codes requested for each training
  • If you are a food vendor at an event or market, include the market(s) or event name where you will be working.

Using a voucher code

I have a voucher code. How do I begin my training? 

  • To begin a Food Handler training, visit Minneapolis Health Department Food Safety Training
  • Turn off your browser's pop-up blocker
  • Enter your voucher code in the Redeem Voucher box
  • Follow the prompts on your screen
  • You may save the training at any time and return to it later

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Health Department

Environmental Health




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