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Food Handlers Cards

Obtaining Your Food Handlers 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.

In-person Food Handler Training Classes will be available twice a month. Check our calendar for 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.  A test will be given at the end of the class. 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.

After you have completed either the online or in-person training you will come to the Jefferson County Health Department on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between the hours of 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:30pm. You will have your picture taken and must provide:

  • A valid photo ID
  • Food Handler Certificate and/or ANSI/CFPM certificate (showing a copy on your smartphone is acceptable as long as your name is clearly visible)
  • Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds at 123 Red Street Charles Town WV)
  • Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check)


Food Card Flyer and Training Booklet


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.


 Non-Profit Organizations serving food for 14 days or less may be exempt from health department permitting. Please call for details.