Who needs a Food Manager Certification in California?

All food facilities that prepare, handle, or serve unpackaged foods are required to have at least one Certified Food Manager (CFM) or Person in Charge, either an owner or an employee, who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination. The certification is valid for five (5) years from the date of original issuance.

How do I get my Food Manager Certification?

5 Easy Steps: Create Account, Pay Fee, Complete the Online Training Course, Pass the Practice Exam, and Complete the Final Exam at a Proctored Location near you.
We offer 3 different certification packages:

Option 1: Purchase the test only for $55. This includes unlimited practice tests and also includes your online exam with a live proctor and test proctor fees. To get started, click here!

Option 2: Purchase the certification package for $80. This includes an online study course, unlimited practice tests, and also includes your online exam with a live proctor and proctor fees. To get started, click here!

Option 3: Purchase the classroom training + proctored exam for $135. This option is available in the Los Angeles area. To get started, click here!

Can the Food Manager exam be taken online?

If you chose classroom training you must take a proctored exam. This means that your final test must be taken at one of our testing locations near you. However, the course may be taken online.

If you chose online training and the online exam, you must take an online proctored exam, after completeing an online course. For more information click here.

Where do I go to take the proctored exam?

To find a testing center near you and view availability, Click Here!

How do I schedule the proctored exam?

After the course has been completed and the "Register for my Online Proctored Exam" has been clicked in Step 5, you will receive scheduling instructions within 3 business days.

How long is the proctored exam?

The test is 95 questions, and requires a 72% in order to pass.

It is highly recommended that you complete the online course and practice test, prior to taking the exam. If you do not pass the exam on the first try, please contact support@efoodmanagers.com. We are happy to offer a discounted rate if you need to take the test again.

How do I study for the final exam?

To study for the exam, we recommend purchasing the $80 Certification Package. This includes the Online Food Manager Training Course and Unlimited Practice Exams.
The course takes approximately 8 Hours to complete. You can start and stop as needed.

Topics divided into 4 Learning Modules:
- Unit 1: Foodborne Illnesses and their Sources
- Unit 2: Safe Handling and the Flow of Food
- Unit 3: Equipment, Cleaning, and Pest Management
- Unit 4: Management Responsibilities

After you have completed this training course, you have the option of taking the Practice Test to prepare for your Proctored Exam. You can take the Practice Test as many times as desired. We also offer a Food Manager Manual and Review Study Guide for purchase.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any other questions: Chat with us by selecting the chat icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen Email us at support@efoodmanagers.com Call us Monday – Friday 8am PST to 6pm PST at 503-726-1076

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