Food Service Sanitation Program
The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all food service establishments that prepare and serve food will be required to have a certified food service manager on the premises at all times food is being handled. Also, certificate holders must renew their license by attending an approved food safety refresher course.
The Illinois Food Retailers Association is offering both the initial 15-Hour Food Service Sanitation Certificate Course and the Sanitation Certificate Renewal Course in many areas throughout the state.
Cost includes course book, instruction, and exam. Certification exam administered on last day. State certificate fees are charged directly to each student upon successful completion of their certification exam.
In order that we may have adequate course materials available for each class, you must pre-register.
Registration Process for Full Course and Renewal Course
Pre-registration is required. Please click on the link below to print out the registration form. Indicate "Full Course" or "Renewal Course" for each students name. Fax or send completed form to the Illinois Food Retailers Association. You can also scan and email the registration form to email@example.com All courses listed are currently available.
For Renewal Classes, each student must fax a copy of their current certificate. There is no grace period for the State Sanitation Certificate. If your Certificate is expired you must take the Full Course. Also, make sure you fill out and send back the renewal letter that you received from IDPH along with your $35 payment. You do not have to wait until you take the training class to send back this letter. If you did not receive a sanitation certificate renewal letter from IDPH, you can click on the link near the bottom of this page to print out the form.
We now offer the 15 hour full course and the 5 hour Renewal Course online via your computer. Once you have completed the 15 hour online course, you may then come into one of our eligible locations to take your exam. There is no testing required for the 5 hour renewal course.
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Chicago Area Class Locations
Chicago Area Class Locations - Registration Information
In-Class Training cost:
$195 per person for 2-Day 15-hour training course.
$ 80 per person for STATE Certificate renewal course.
Online Training Cost:
$225 per person for 15 hour online training course.
$100 per person 5 hour online renewal course.
ServSafe® Training Cost:
$225 per person for 2-Day 15-hour training course- ServSafe®
After you have completed your 15 hours of online training, you are required to take the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification FSSMC test at one of our available class locations which are listed on our Online Test Schedule. When registering, please indicate if you will be taking the test at our Chicago location or a Suburban location.
Online Test Schedule - Suburban Locations
Online Test Schedule - Chicago Location
Online Spanish Training
Online training will be in Spanish - Your choice of taking exam in English or Spanish exam.
$225 per person for 15-hour online Spanish training.
Once you have completed the online training course, you may then take the exam at our Hyde Park/Chicago location.
Online Training Spanish - Registration Form
Online Spanish Test Schedule
Downstate Illinois Class Locations
$145.00 per person for 15-hour two- day full course
$70.00 per person for one-day renewal course (Refresher Class is held on the first day of the 2-Day course)
Illinois Food Handler Training Program