Florida regulations vary by size of establishment. Please read carefully.

State Requirements: When there are less than four employees engaged in food establishment, the Certified Food Protection Manager does not have to be present on the premises at all times. State requirements could vary, check with local health department.

Food Protection Manager: Required - Minimum one certified manager per facility. One per shift if 4 or more employees. Please check AAA Food Handler Training School's (AAAFHTS) Certified Professional Food Safety Manager (CPFSM), Convenience Store Food Safety Manager (CSFSM), and Grocery Store Food Safety Manager (GSFSM) programs for details. 

Food Handlers: Must take a Florida approved Food Handler Course if job requires the service of food preparation, display or storage. Local requirements could vary, check with local health department. Please click the Basic Food Handler (BFH) link to get certified now.

Exceptions: None.

Manager Training Hours: Not required for certification but recommended. AAAFHTS offers engaging and complete online as well as DVD video training series to help prepare for your Food Safety Manager certification examination.

Food Handler Course: Required state approved course: 2 hours. Please click the Basic Food Handler (BFH) link to get certified now.

Food Manager Certification and Food Handler Certificate Renewal: Food Manager every 5 years; Food Handler every 3 years.

National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Acceptance: Yes

Course Materials Available: Yes. Please check AAAFHTS's CPFSM, CSFSM, and GSFSM programs for specific details. 

Approved Options: Classroom, Home Study Course, Online Training, and Pearson Vue or Prometric Testing Centers. 

(Please check with your local jurisdiction or regulatory body for the most current information.)


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