Welcome to the Food Safety First Principles for Food Handlers Course
The First Principles certificate program provides food handlers with the knowledge and skills they need to safely handle foods for human consumption. Successful completion of the program assures food managers, regulators and trainers that the certificate holder has completed a basic course in food safety. The First Principles course is based on the on the principles and recommendations of the FDA Food Code and is recommended for people involved in the preparation, handling, serving and displaying of food.
The First Principles program is the comprehensive and covers the following areas:
- Introduction to Food Safety
- Contamination and Cross Contamination
- Time and Temperature Control
- Personal Hygiene
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Potentially Hazardous Foods/Time Temperature Control PHF/TCS
The First Principles course and assessment is based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of knowledge, regulations, and requirements in the field of food safety as reflected in the FDA Food Code, professional literature, and industry practice.
Program materials are available to any approved school, government, corporation or training company. To be awarded the Certificate of Completion, an individual must complete the training course and pass the 40-question multiple-choice assessment with a 70% of higher. The Certificate of Completion is valid for up to five years, at which time candidates must again take the course, though your jurisdiction or employer may require you to take the course again sooner.
The program is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
EHT does not accept commercial support of its certificate program activities.
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The Food Safety First Principles for Food Handlers meets the accreditation requirements of California Health and Safety Code Section 11948 (B) (2), as well as the new accreditation requirements in the State of Illinois. The program is also valid in Florida, Texas, and any state that recognizes food handler programs accredited by the American National Standards Institute. At present, only California and Illinois (effective July 1, 2014) mandate accreditation as a criteria for receiving the certificate.
The affiliate program is simple to sign up, easy to manage, and earns you $2 for every food handler who completes the course. Just fill out the interest form, and you will receive a unique link to place on your website. Direct your food handlers to take the online exam through your site to receive your payments. Don’t have a website? That’s okay. We can host a portal for you so you can still earn money with the affiliate program.
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