ServSafe Certification vs. State of Minnesota Food Protection Manager Certification
- is a national program through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation
- requires 8-hours of instruction
- requires successful passage of an exam
- participants are certified through the national program for five years
- there is no "re-certification" for the national program; you must take the class again every five years
Food Protection Manager certification
- through Minnesota Department of Health program
- Minnesota requirements are fulfilled through the ServSafe program
- a Minnesota Food Manager Certificate can be applied for upon successful completion of ServSafe program
- Minnesota's certification is good for three years
- a four-hour re-certification class (with no exam) is acceptable for renewal of the state certificate.
Learn more about Minnesota state requirements.
How much do ServSafe classes cost?
- Certification: $145 for members of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, the Minnesota Lodging Association and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association. The nonmember fee is $170.
- Re-certification: $55 members and $75 non-members
- Retest: $45
- Reschedule: $45
- Exam Only: $45
What is the certification class like?
It's a full-day class, with instruction from 8am to 4pm plus a two hour time block for the exam from 4pm-6pm. The instructor will review all the concepts in the book. Lunch is not included. Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. to check in.
Can I just take the test and not attend the class?
NO. The National Restaurant Association and the Minnesota Department of Health require a full day of instruction.
How do I register for the online course?
Call (651) 778-2400. The online course only includes the instruction portion of the class; the exam must be taken in-person. An exam date will be provided when you call to register. Once you begin the online course, you have 90 days to complete. All purchases are final, no refunds.
What is the re-certification class like?
Re-certification is a half-day class, 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon, there is no exam. If you so desire, a copy of the ServSafe Manager text book (7th edition) may be purchased by calling (800) 765-2122 or visiting www.servsafe.com. Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. to check in. You will need to know the date your Certified Food Protection Manager certification expires when you register.
In what languages is ServSafe offered?
Classroom instruction is available through Hospitality Minnesota in English. The online class is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Additional languages for the exam are available by request. Call (651) 778-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the class is full, can I be put on a waiting list?
We do not have a waiting list. We will be happy to schedule you for the next available class.
Can I just register over the phone?
We can take your registration over the phone, but we will need payment in advance in order to officially register you for the class. Please have a credit card available.
I can't make it to the class I signed up for. . . can I reschedule?
Yes, with a $45 rescheduling fee, paid in advance. In order to reschedule, you must call at least a day ahead of class. Otherwise, you will have to re-register as a new participant and pay the full cost of the class again.
I registered one of my employees for the class, but they have since left their position. Can I get a refund?
The registration fee is non-refundable, but you are welcome to send a different employee to take that class instead. If you find a replacement after the class is held, you may still substitute them, but you will need to pay the $45 rescheduling fee.
Someone else was signed up to go to the class, but can't go now. Can we send someone else to the class?
Absolutely. We just need to have the name of the new person. You are responsible for getting the book to the new person.
Does this certificate qualify for my county's requirements?
Check with your local county health department.
How long is the CFPM good for?
In Minnesota, the certificate is good for three years.
I have a question about Minnesota regulations.
Contact your local health department or the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 201-5000 or (888) 345-0823.
My CFPM is expired. Do I have to take the full-day class again?
As of January 1, 2019, there is no longer a "grace period" for renewals. You must take the class BEFORE your certificate expires. The re-certification paperwork and payment must be submitted within six months of expiration.
How do I find out my grade?
You can check your grades online www.servsafe.com about 10 days after the exam..You will need to know the class date and exam session number (included in your packet of information from the class). If you provided your email address, ServSafe will notify you when the grades are posted. You are responsible for downloading and printing your own ServSafe certificate (free) or you can pay $10 to have a copy mailed to you.
How hard is the certification exam?
It depends on how much you have studied. We have an excellent passage rate among our participants.
How many questions are on the exam?