Food Manager Training & Food Handler Certification

Importance of Food Manager Certification

Each year millions of people eat out and the trend of eating out continues to grow. The food industry has grown in response to the increased demand. Food facilities are unique businesses faced with the challenge of providing quality food that is safe to consume. At minimum, this involves safely storing, transporting, and preparing food, and taking reasonable precautions against disease and injury. Although the specific nature and complexity of the food services may vary greatly, it is possible to generalize about the things they need to know and do to fulfill their obligations to their clients.

Simply stated, food operators are required to take reasonable steps to prevent food-borne illnesses. This entails learning about food-borne diseases to which clients may become exposed, and techniques for minimizing the risk of illness. The responsibilities of a food manager are many, and may at times seem overwhelming. Fortunately, most of the health risks posed may be easily overcome by the simple procedures described in the Food Managers' Course Manual. Managers who learn and implement the practices recommended in this manual will be doing a great service, both to their clients and to the food industry.

Certified Food Protection Managers' Course

In December 2019, the Coconino County Unified Health Code was adopted by the Board of Supervisors to replace the former Environmental Service Codes. One of the major changes in the Unified Health Code was the addition of language that allowed the County’s codes to automatically update as the State revised, inserted, or removed sections of the rules that govern the Environmental Health Program. This ensures the code stays current and up to date.

In July 2020, the State of Arizona adopted the 2017 FDA Food Code, with an added addendum.  This was the first time that the code has been updated since 2001 when the 1999 Food Code was adopted.  As a result, when the State adopted the updated 2017 FDA Food Code, Coconino County’s Unified Health Code automatically updated as well. 

One of the changes outlined in the 2017 FDA Food Code is the requirement for food establishments to have a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) onsite during operating hours. The CFPM training and certificate must be attained through an accredited and approved organization.  Due to this change, the Food Manager training previously offered through the County no longer meets the requirements outlined in the updated code and therefore is no longer offered.

All current Food Manager Certifications issued by Coconino County will expire on December 31, 2021. Coconino County will no longer provide Food Manager trainings or certifications. The new Certified Food Protection Manager Requirement will be provided by ANSI certified training organizations.

Certified Food Protection Manager Will Be Required As Of January 31, 2022.

Coconino County requires all establishments that serve open food, which requires time/temperature control for food safety, to have at least one (1) Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) on staff. CFPM shall be physically present during operation hours. The CFPM certification and training is different than a standard Food Manager Certification and will go into effect in January 2022.

  • This new CFPM Certificate must be visible or readily accessible and kept at the establishment for Health Inspections.
  • The certificate is valid for five (5) years.
  • To obtain a CFPM Certificate, you must pass an exam administered by an ANSI-Accredited provider.
  • Training costs vary and the majority of programs offer the option for virtual instruction as well as a virtually proctored test. 

ANSI CFPM Training

Food Handler Certification

The adoption of the 2017 FDA Food Code does not change Food Handler Training or Certification through Coconino County.
This manual is based on the 2017 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code that was adopted by the State of Arizona and CCPHSD.

The Back Country Food Handlers Training includes a wider breadth of topics than the standard Food Handler Training.  The training cover topics such as vector, sanitation, food, and water safety.  This training is unique to Coconino County due to the Grand Canyon and river guide training needs.

Back Country Food Handlers Manual

Back Country Food Handler Training