Penn State Extension offers ServSafe, TAP food safety manager certification courses


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The ServSafe Food Safety Manager course, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at the Penn State Extension Franklin County office, 181 Franklin Farm Ln., Chambersburg, PA. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 8, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 15, 2024. The exam will be held on February 22.

These in-person trainings, taught by certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling and serving the food, as well as proper methods of sanitizing food service facilities.

After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate. This certification is good for five years.

The new, lower course fee of $165 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To attend the in-person ServSafe course and exam in Crawford County, participants should register by February 1, 2024.

The TAP Online Food Safety Manager Certification course helps food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials and inspectors prepare to take a Food Protection Manager exam, such as ServSafe, that meets regulatory guidelines for a certified food protection manager. The online portion can be taken anytime, but the exam is in person and proctored at a scheduled location.

After completing the online course and passing the multiple-choice, proctored exam with a score of 70% or higher, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirement for food safety certification. This certification is valid for five years. If you are uncertain as to whether you need certification, contact your regional Department of Agriculture office.

The online course is self-paced, can be started anytime throughout the year and must be completed within 180 days of enrollment. The course fee is $145.

Penn State Extension will follow applicable state and local restrictions and Penn State COVID-19 guidelines in effect at the time of an event regarding masking, social distancing and facility capacity limits.

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