Which food service establishments must be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager?
All food service establishments, except Category III facilities, shall be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager. (View a full list of category requirements)
How does one go about becoming a certified food service sanitation manager?
Complete an IDPH approved Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) course; successful completion of an IDPH/ANSI-approved FSSMC examination with a final score of 75% or higher; and payment to IDPH of a $35 certificate fee.
Are there any alternative methods of training?
In association with the Foodservice Operators’ Training Achievement Program, IFSSCT offers online delivery of the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Course approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Similar course work was completed and a certificate received elsewhere. Does IDPH have reciprocity agreements with industry or other state health departments?
Yes, if the course that you took meets the minimum Illinois training requirement for hours and content, and if the exam was ANSI/FCP-approved. Individuals must have lived in or started working in Illinois for six months prior to applying for repciprocity. For more informaiton, please contact IDPH at (217) 782-7532. If your current certificate is acceptable, you will still need to obtain an Illinois FSSMC by completing and submitting a form and paying a $35 fee to IDPH.
What is done with the certificate upon receipt?
Original certificates of certified managers shall be maintained at the place of business and shall be made available for inspection.
How long is the Food Service Sanitation Manager certificate good for?
The certificate is valid for five years unless revoked under Section 750.560 of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code.
What must I do to renew my Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) certificate?
As of July 1, 2014, refresher courses will no longer be available; everyone must take an 8-hour course with exam to re-certify.