Training Options

Prepare for a Food Manager Certification Exam

There are many ways to prepare for your exam. You can study on your own, connect with a local trainer, take an online course, or use some combination of the above.

While National Registry does not require you participate in any training before you take a certification exam, we recommend that you study before you sit for an exam. Any training based on the most recent FDA Food Code can be used to prepare. Note: Some states have training requirements. Check with your local health department.

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What's on the Exam

Before you study, know what to study. Here is an outline of every topic covered on the food manager certification exam. Review the Examination Blueprint.

You can also download National Registry’s FSMCE Examinee Information Booklet to gain a full understanding of the examination, the process and examinee requirements.

The paper & pencil examination is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Korean, and modern or traditional Chinese.

Find a Local Trainer

National Registry makes available a network of trainers and Test Administrators/Proctors. Search for a location near you.

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Online Training Options

There are many options for your food safety training online. Before you take an online training program, make sure it was developed using the most recent edition of the FDA Food Code.

  • Diversys Learning offers Food Safety Manager Online Training (not valid in Illinois — approved in Ohio). Learn more.
  • TAP Series offers Food Safety Manager Training as well. Learn more.

Self-Study Program

Want to study on your own? Purchase Management Principles Food Safety Manager course manual, study at your convenience and then with the voucher, take the certification exam at a computer testing center near your home. The Self-Study Program is available in both English and Spanish.

Please check with your local health department before purchasing the self-study to see if your area has any minimum training requirements.

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Online Refresher Course

Have you already taken the food manager exam? Before you take it again, prepare with this online refresher course. This interactive course covers the eight areas that make up the Food Safety Manager Certification Examination.

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National Registry offers several options with multiple language options for you to take the Food Manager Certification, including paper and pencil, online with a proctor, at a Pearson VUE testing center, or at a secure remote kiosk.


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