Food Handler Program
San Diego County Code requires food handlers to possess a valid food handler card issued by:
- One of the County-authorized Food Handler Training
- The County of San Diego In-House Exam, administered by a Food Safety Manager (FSM) at the Facility (Only valid for the specific facility, under the FSM certificate.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure your food handler card course is for a SAN DIEGO COUNTY approved course. Not all California food handler card courses are approved in San Diego County.
IN-HOUSE TRAINING PACKETS WITH TESTS
English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese are $2.00. A valid Food Safety Manager Certification is required to purchase in-person at San Diego Office: 5500 Overland Ave. Suite 170. San Diego, CA 92123 or email our Specialist on Duty for more options (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Food handler cards are valid for 3 years.
Renew your card: Complete a 3-hour training course and pass an exam provided by one of the approved Food Handler Training Schools.
Lost card?: If within three 3 years, purchase a replacement
card from the training school or retake a 3-hour training course and
pass the exam again.
CERTIFIED FOOD SAFETY MANAGER
In addition to the County's food handler training requirement there is also a state requirement for a certified food safety manager. State law requires each food facility to have at least one owner/employee that has passed a state-approved food safety certification exam. Each certification is applicable to only one facility. These certificates are valid for 5 years and must be renewed.
Please contact the Food
Safety Manager Certification courses directly.
ServSafe / National Restaurant Association (ANSI ID: 0655)
Phone: (800) 765-4842
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (ANSI ID: 0656)
Phone: (619) 885-5522 or (800) 446-0257
360training.com, Inc. (ANSI ID: 0975)
Phone: (888) 360-8764
AboveTraining / StateFoodSafety.com (ANSI ID: 1020)
Phone: (801) 494-1416
The Always Food Safety Company, LLC (ANSI ID: 1203)
Phone: (303) 500-1157
1 AAA Food Handler (ANSI ID: 8952)
Phone: (714) 592-4100