FAQs – Food Manager

What is a food manager certification?

A food manager is responsible for keeping customers safe by overseeing the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace. They must pass a test demonstrating their knowledge of food safety practices, and then they are certified to manage food safety practices in the kitchen.

Who needs this certification?

It is a legal requirement across the USA to have at least one staff member Food Manager trained and on duty at any time in your business. This training gives managers the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace.

Is Always Food Safe's certification the same as other food safety manager exams?


The Always Food Safe Company, Food Protection Manager exam is equivalent to the Food Protection Manager certification programs from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), Learn2Serve (, ServSafe (National Restaurant Association), and Prometric.

Our exam is ANSI accredited, meaning that it meets the required national standards for Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.

Are the different food manager exam forms the same as each other?

All exam forms are what we call equivalent. Each form of the Always Food Safe Company, Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is equivalent in difficulty and content to other exam forms. The forms were constructed by a highly respected psychometrician with an advanced degree in measurement and testing, and in addition, we call on the expert help of many experienced Food Protection Managers, (Subject Matter Experts). Each exam form goes through many processes to ensure that it is equivalent. That way you can be assured that whichever exam form you receive, will test your knowledge equally and fairly.

How long is the food manager certification good for?

The certificate is valid for up to five years from the date of the exam.

How can I renew my certification?

The renewal process differs by state. Check with your local health department.