The Texas Online Food Handler Program teaches food preparation and handling techniques to food service employees who work with packaged and unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils and food contact surfaces. Students will learn how to prevent foodborne illness through sanitary preparation methods.
This mobile-friendly course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The program takes at least two hours to complete, and there are no quizzes or a final exam. Upon completion of the course, you can instantly download a food handler certificate and wallet-sized card that will remain valid for two years.
The Texas Online Food Handler Program is required for employees who handle packaged or unpackaged food, food-preparation equipment, utensils and other related items.
Once you register, you can begin the course whenever you like. The course has a user-friendly format, with easy to understand material to help you pass the final exam. Once you've successfully completed the course, you can instantly download your certificate for free.
Employees who need this training include:
The course curriculum provides employees with food safety knowledge, responsibilities and skills required by the Texas Food Establishment Rules. This program curriculum meets the training requirement for bare hand contact of ready-to-eat foods.
This course does not contain quizzes or a final exam. You can instantly download your certificate of completion and official Texas food handler card after finishing the course.
After completing Texas Online Food Handler training, students will understand:
The Texas Online Food Handler Program is a timed course that takes at least two hours to complete. Students must satisfy the time requirement for each module before they can advance to the next section. The five modules illustrate safe and hygienic food handling, foodborne illness prevention, contamination and more.
A food handler is a food service employee who works with packaged and unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, and food contact surfaces. Employees who need this training include hostesses, barbacks, kitchen staff, bussers and more.
Certain employees are exempt from food handler training, including:
In addition, the following employees do not need a food handler certificate while working under the supervision of a Certified Food Manager or someone with a food handler certification:
Food service employees in Texas must complete food handler training within 30 days of starting work.
This training is accepted for use throughout Texas, including all counties and cities that require a certificate from a program that is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Some employers or jurisdictions may require food handlers to complete a training program that is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). Our program is not ANAB accredited, but it is accepted by most employers.
You can instantly download your food handler certificate and an official Texas food handler card upon successful completion of this DSHS-approved course. There are no quizzes or final exams. To qualify for your certificate, you must spend at least two hours studying the course content.
Yes. Your food handler card and certificate are valid for two years from the date you complete the training program. Texas requires food handlers to retake the course every two years to renew their certification.
Your course does not expire, so you can take as long as you need to complete the program and earn your food handler certificate.
This course teaches employees the importance of safe food handling practices and preventing foodborne illness. You’ll learn about contaminants, personal hygiene, time and temperature controls, sanitation methods and other strategies that protect the health of customers.
Our Texas food handler program is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, it is not accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board. Employers in most jurisdictions accept DSHS-approved training, but some may require you to complete an ANAB-accredited program.
The course contains two hours of learning material, which is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete your training and earn your food handler card. Students can spend as much time as they need to complete the course. Each module has a minimum time requirement that must be met, but you do not need to take quizzes or a final exam to pass the course.
After you complete the course, you can log in at any time to print copies of your Texas Online Food Handler Program certificate and official food handler card.
Food-handler employees are required to become a certified Texas food handler within their first 30 days of employment. You can meet this requirement 100% online by completing our state-approved food handler course.
The Texas cottage food law governs safety and health requirements for individuals who operate food production businesses out of their homes. These individuals are required to complete an accredited food safety education program such as the Texas Online Food Handler Program.