Food Protection Managers – Effective January 1, 2019, whenever food is being prepared or served in food establishment (including temporary food establishments), the “person in charge” on the premises shall be a currently certified Food Protection Manager through one of the ANSI/CFP-accredited Food Protection Manager certification programs. Please note, the exam is separate from the online training courses and is proctored. A waiver of this requirement may be made for temporary food vendors serving only prepackaged foods if they possess a current Jefferson County or West Virginia statewide food handler card.


Food Handlers – Effective January 1, 2019, every food handler in Jefferson County shall possess a current food handler card issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a current statewide food handler card issued by another West Virginia jurisdiction.  A food handler card shall not be issued unless the person has completed either a food handler training course conducted by the Jefferson County Health Department or an online ANSI-accredited food handler training course (choose any ONE course on the linked page). You must provide a copy of your food handler course completion, to obtain a Jefferson County Health Department Food Handler Card and show a valid ID.

Click here for food handler training class dates and times

You must pre-register for these classes, as there is limited space. Please contact the environmental health department at 304-728-8416 to register.

Please allow ample time to complete the class, test, and obtain your food handler card. This process typically takes two hours (9:00-11:00am). We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins to sign in, as class will begin at 9:00am sharp. Classes are held at 1948 Wiltshire Road Entrance B Kearneysville WV 25430.

The class and test are currently only offered in English

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