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Online Initial Certification for Food Managers

The online self-study program uses a mix of video, narration, animation, and interactive exercises for a hands-on learning experience.

This online version of the Initial certification for food managers course is offered so you can:

The state of Minnesota requires that all foodservice establishments have one person certified as a food manager.

We use the Training Achievement Program Series (TAP Series) certification course. Take up to six months to complete your 10 to 12 hours of training on line and take the exam in person at one of our testing sites. Pass the 90 question exam with 75% and process your paperwork for certification.

Topics include: food safety's impact on the operation, the flow of food through the operation, and managing your operation.


Recommended for personnel in restaurants, grocery store delis, resort and hotel kitchens and other foodservice establishments. Course satisfies the education requirement for Food Manager Certification.


All coursework is online, however, the final exam must be taken in person. The exam is offered the second Wednesday of every month at the following locations:

Register 3 weeks in advance to ensure an exam is ordered for you.

This course is also offered in person.

Schedule and Registration

See the scheduled dates and locations:

January – June 2016
View and print a registration form and brochure (397 K PDF)

Register online and take the exam January – June 2016using credit card, check, electronic transfer or U of M budget.

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For more information please contact Connie Schwartau,, 507-337-2819.

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