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Food Handlers Cards

Obtaining your Food Handler’s Card

If you are renewing a non-expired card…you have two options.

Option 1: Self Study and test in our office

  1. Review the food handler training Guidelines and Training Booklet (Available below in the green box section). Use this manual to self-study for the test that is held in our office.
  2. When you done studying you must register for an in-person renewal test date* by calling 304-728-8416
  3. Please arrive promptly on your scheduled date and time. You must receive a passing grade on the test.**
  4. After passing the test you may get your renewed food handler card by providing the following:
    1. A valid photo ID
    2. Certificate of passing grade (received after passing)
    3. Current, non-expired food handler card
    4. Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds, in Charles Town)
    5. Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check)  

OR

Option 2:   Complete an online course

Please note: These are state approved courses with a test at the end. These links are not affiliated with our office and they do charge for their course and testing.

  1. Take one of the online courses listed here: https://www.ansi.org/Accreditation/credentialing/certificate-issuers/AllDirectoryListing?prgID=266&statusID=4
  2. Once you have completed the online course and received a passing grade you will need to print out the certificate you receive (showing a copy on your smartphone is acceptable as long as your name is clearly visible).
  3. Come to the health department on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between the hours of 9:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-3:30pm. You will have your picture taken and must provide:
    1. A valid photo ID
    2. Food Handler certificate and/or ANSI/CFPM certificate received from the link
    3. Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds in Charles Town)
    4. Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check)

PLEASE NOTE:  You may also take our in-person class – see option 1 below.

 

If your card has expired, or you are getting one for the first timeYou have two options.

 Option 1:  Register for an in-person class

  1. Register for our in-person food handler training class and test* by calling 304-728-8416. Seats are limited so you MUST pre-register. These classes start at 9am and are only offered two Tuesdays each month so be sure to check the calendar.*
  2. Attend the training class and complete the test with a passing grade. If you pass you will then be walked down to have your photo taken and receive your food card.
  3. In order to process your food handler card you must provide the following:
    1. A valid photo ID
    2. Certificate of passing grade (obtained after testing)
    3. Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds, Charles Town)
    4. Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check)

OR

Option 2:   Complete an online course

Please note: These are state approved courses with a test at the end. These links are not affiliated with our office and they do charge for their course and testing.

  1. Take one of the online courses listed here: https://www.ansi.org/Accreditation/credentialing/certificate-issuers/AllDirectoryListing?prgID=266&statusID=4 Be sure to print the certificate.
  2. Once you have completed the online course and received a passing grade you will need to print out the certificate you receive (showing a copy on your smartphone is acceptable as long as your name is clearly visible).
  3. Come to the health department on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between the hours of 9:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-3:30pm. You will have your picture taken and must provide:
    1. A valid photo ID
    2. Food Handler certificate and/or ANSI/CFPM certificate received from the link.
    3. Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds, Charles Town)
    4. Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check) 

 

 * Check our calendar for dates and times. Completing the training, testing, and getting your card typically takes two hours. Completing the renewal test and getting a renewed card should take less than one hour. Classes are held at 1948 Wiltshire Road Entrance B Kearneysville WV 25430. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins to sign in.

** Any person that does not pass the renewal test will be required to attend Jefferson County Health Department’s Food Handler Training Class and receive a passing test grade before obtaining their food handler card.

 

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.