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About the Course

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Our online food manager exam prep Training course is designed to help you prepare and pass your Food Safety Manager Exam and to obtain your Food Safety Manager Certification.

This course cover all the major topics related to safe food service and all the information you will need to pass this critical certification exam.

This online Food Manager Prep training course is based on the Food Code provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Although this course is designed to help prepare you for your certification exam, it is also intended to help guide you through the regulations of food safety, for which you, as a manager, are responsible. These guidelines are crucial to promoting a safe work environment for employees and a safe environment for your customers and their families.

This course does NOT currently meet the state requirements in Illinois or Ohio.

Course Features

Our online Food Manager Prep course is a HTML5 based interactive course with full audio narration and engaging real-world scenarios for the best user experience and information retention.

Our course is 5 hours in length, but is self-paced training so you can take the course at your own pace. Your course will be available to complete for 90 days from purchase. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer* and train anytime, anywhere.

We also provide printable study material for additional food manager exam prep.

The is a Mobile Friendly course and should work on your PC and Mobile devices, like iPhones or iPads.

Food Manager Practice Exam

After completed the course, there is a 50 multiple choice practice food manager exam. These questions are similar to the types of questions that are on the CFP/ANSI accredited Food Safety Manager exam. You will have unlimited attempts to take the practice exam until you pass it.

Printable Food Manager Exam Study Material

Each unit contains a review document with the key points for studying, click on the materials icon during any unit to access the review documents and print them out. It is highly recommended that you print out these review documents, as they are great study tools for the exam. In order to pass the Certified Food Safety Manager exam, you must have a strong knowledge of the information provided in this program.

Course Outline

Our course covers all major topics that will be covered on the Food Safety Manager Certification Exam.

Our prep course consists of 11 units of study and a practice exam. Below is a detailed course outline of topics covered in the course.


Unit One - Food Safety Management

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Food Safety Management
  • Demonstration of Knowledge
  • Supervisory Duties
  • The FDA & Food Safety Laws
  • Health Inspection
  • Risk Items
  • The Inspection Process
  • Unit One Recap
  • Unit One Quiz

Unit Two - Foodborne Illness

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Foodborne Illness
  • Symptoms of Foodborne Illness
  • Food Contamination
  • Biological Contamination
  • Pathogens
  • High Risk Foods (TCS)
  • Viruses/Bacteria/Parasites
  • Physical & Chemical Contamination
  • Food Allergies
  • Unit Two Recap
  • Unit Two Quiz

Unit Three - Personal Health and Hygiene

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Handwashing
  • Glove Use
  • Clothing and Attire
  • Hair Restraints
  • Employee Illness
  • Work Restrictions & Exclusions
  • Unit Three Recap
  • Unit Three Quiz

Unit Four - Preventing Food Contamination

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Preventing Food Contamination
  • Sources of Contamination
  • Time and Temperature Abuse
  • Thermometers
  • Unit Four Recap
  • Unit Four Quiz

Unit Five - Cleaning & Sanitizing

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Heat Sanitizing
  • Chemical Sanitizing
  • Dishwashing
  • Employee Training
  • Unit Five Recap
  • Unit Five Quiz

Unit Six - Food Purchasing & Receiving

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Purchasing Food
  • Food Quality
  • Received Food
  • Unit Six Recap
  • Unit Six Quiz

Unit Seven - Proper Food Storage

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Proper Food Storage
  • Cold Food Storage
  • Dry Goods & Canned Food Storage
  • Unit Seven Recap
  • Unit Seven Quiz

Unit Eight - Preparing & Holding Hot Foods

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Time and Temperature Control
  • High Risk Foods (TCS)
  • Thawing Frozen Foods
  • Preparing & Cooking Hot Foods
  • Cooling & Holding Hot Foods
  • Unit Eight Recap
  • Unit Eight Quiz

Unit Nine - Preparing & Holding Cold Foods

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Time and Temperature
  • Control Storing Cold Foods
  • General Holding Procedures
  • Off-Site Cold Holding
  • Unit Nine Recap
  • Unit Nine Quiz

Unit Ten - Facilities, Equipment, & Utensils

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Facilities, Equipment, & Utensils
  • Outdoor Areas
  • Plumbing, Sewage & Waste
  • Installing Equipment
  • Food Contact Surfaces
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Doing Laundry
  • Utensil Materials
  • Unit Ten Recap
  • Unit Ten Quiz

Unit Eleven - Pest Control, Emergency Management, & Training

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Pest Control
  • Eliminating Infestations
  • Proper Handling of Pesticides
  • Emergency Management Plan
  • Training Goals
  • Unit Eleven Recap
  • Unit Eleven Quiz

Practice Exam

  • 50 multiple-choice practice questions

Prep Course and Exam COMBO for $106

We are pleased to offer a combo package for $106 that includes the online Food Manager Prep Course and a voucher code for the NRFSP* Food Manager Safety Exam at any Pearson Vue testing center to take your official Food Safety Manager Certification Exam.

*National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) Food Safety Manager Certification Examination is accredited by the American National Standards Institute under standards established by the Conference for Food Protection.

This course/voucher package does NOT currently meet the state requirements in Illinois or Ohio.

NRFSP Exam Voucher

The combo package price of $106 includes both the Food Manager Prep Course and a voucher code for 1 NRFSP Certification Exam. You can schedule your exam online at Pearson Vue Testing Center website.

To locate a testing center near you, call 888-687-1571 or visit PearsonVue.com and follow these steps:

  • Click on For Test Takers link at top of page.
  • Select Schedule an Exam in the drop down menu.
  • Enter: NRFSP in the 'Select Your Program' box
  • Select National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) from the drop down menu.
  • Click on Find a Test Center in menu on right side of the page.
  • Make sure you select the 'International Certified Food Safety Manager (ICFSM)' exam as your voucher will only work with this exam.

For any questions regarding the Pearson Vue testing centers or scheduling an exam, you must contact Pearson Vue directly. If you have questions regarding your exam score or exam certificate, you will need to contact NRFSP.