Welcome to the Food Safety First Principles for Food Handlers Program

The First Principles certificate program, available online and in a classroom setting, 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 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 and is recommended for people involved in the preparation, handling, serving and displaying of food.

The First Principles program is 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
  • Pests

National Registry’s First Principles for Food Handlers program is a certificate program, not a certification. Read about the difference between certificates and certification.

Take it Online

Take the First Principles for Food Handlers program any time online. This program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) against the ASTM standard for use in California and Illinois and is available for use in all 50 states. 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. Choose from English, Spanish, and Chinese for just $12.95. A certificate of completion is available for download immediately upon successful completion of the program. After registering, you will have 30 days to complete the course. 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.

Take the course online.

Take it in a Classroom

Take the First Principles for Food Handlers program in a classroom setting with a qualified instructor. This program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) against the ASTM standard for use in California and Illinois and is available for use in all 50 states. 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. Choose from English and Spanish. 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.

To find a trainer in your area, contact your employer or call National Registry at 800-446-0257.

Offer Food Handler Training

Purchase First Principles for Food Handlers training materials to offer the program in a classroom setting. Program materials are available to any approved school, government, corporation or training company. To offer food handler training in California or Illinois, you must be an Approved Program Provider.

Order Food Safety First Principles for Food Handlers books.

Online Affiliate Program

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.

Become an Affiliate.

The First Principles for Food Handlers certificate program is accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) against the ASTM E2659-09 standard. As a result of this accreditation, the certificate program is recognized in California, Illinois, Arizona and any state that recognizes food handler programs accredited by ANSI. National Registry also offers a non-accredited version of the program for Florida, Texas, and those states that do not recognize ANSI.

Environmental Health Testing does not accept commercial support of its certificate program activities.

View the New Illinois Food Handler Law FAQs.

View the New Arizona Food Handler Law FAQs.