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Old 06-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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To be certified, do you have to enroll in a class/training course, or can you just take the exam after independent study? And/or does this vary by state?

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Old 06-22-2008, 08:47 PM   #2
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I believe each state has it's own rules. Check with the folks in RI, where you live, to see what their requirements are.
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It is normally a weekend type class. Sign up, pay your fees, do the class(8 hours) and take the test. Depending on who is conducting the class, it can actually be a fun thing.

Food Safety State Regulations

the home page has a lot of prudent info that may be of some help.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #4
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I believe each state has it's own rules.
If you move between States, you may have to get re-certified.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:17 AM   #5
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I was certified last year - a three day class through the Health Dept. I advise getting a hold of the book a few weeks before your class.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:47 PM   #6
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Attending a few days class is a must and no exception, no matter which states you're staying now...

This to ensure you're really a certified person and qualify for the serving service.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:49 PM   #7
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Attending a few days class is a must and no exception, no matter which states you're staying now...

This to ensure you're really a certified person and qualify for the serving service.
Taking the class usually isn't mandatory. It's only purpose is to prep you for the test. Taking and passing the test is mandatory to be servsafe certified.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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ServSafe is through the National Restaurant Association, so going to another state isn't going to make you get re-certified in ServSafe. If the state has a mandatory food safety certification to work in their restaurants, the question is whether or not they will accept your ServSafe certification as their own.

I live in Louisville, KY and if you are ServSafe certified, you don't have to take any of their classes or tests, just pay their fee (imagine that).
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:51 PM   #9
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I am currently a Servsafe instructor/proctor in the State of Michigan. Here each county has their own requirments to become certified. Some require an 8 hour class for first time certification others require a 16 hour class. I have take both the 16 and 8 hour class and with a score of 90% or above you can become an instructor, proctor or both. The class, if done with a good instructor, is excellent and informative. Like the reply above get you book weeks before the class and read it because if you underestimate how hard that test is and you have a poor instructor you will fail for certain. The cost is anywhere between $70.00 and $150.00 and you can go to Servsafe.com to see who and where they are testing in your area. If you are required to have the class for a job you are employed at they should pay for the class and test. I enjoy taking the class and have had alot of fun taking it and becoming an instructor. Enjoy.
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