Our online Texas food handler certification course focuses on safe food preparation and handling techniques and is intended for anyone that works in food preparation, storage, or service. Upon completion of the course, you are immediately food handler certified and you can print or save your food handler card.
The TDSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) requires that all employees are properly trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties.
Our online Texas food handler safety course (English and Spanish) 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 about 1 hour long and is available in English and Spanish.
Our training course works on all computer devices including: smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. If needed, you can conveniently switch back and forth between your phone (or tablet) and your computer, while taking the course, and you will always be returned to your most recent progress. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer or mobile device and train any time, anywhere.
You have 6 months from enrollment to complete this course. You can log in and out of your training account and your place in the course will be saved.
After successfully completing this course (there is no final exam), you will be able to print your Texas Food Handler's card from your own printer.
Intended Learning Objectives
Our Texas food handler certification course will teach you the importance of safe food handling as well as how to properly clean and sanitize your establishment.
Our food handler training consists of an introduction and six lessons of instruction. There is not a test at the end of the course. Below is a detailed course outline of topics covered in the course.
Risk Factors of Foodborne Illness due to Food Preparation
Hazards Associated with Foodborne Illness
Key Definitions and Terms
Unit 1: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 2 - Personal Health and Hygiene
Importance of Hygiene and Proper Handwashing
Techniques for Effective Handwashing
Proper Clothing and Attire
Symptoms and Steps to Take When Employees may be Ill
Unit 2: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 3 - Time and Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Foods
Definition of TCS Foods
Temperature Danger Zones
Proper Food Receiving and Storage Techniques
Unit 3: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 4 - Food Preparation
Proper Food Thawing and Safe Preparation Methods
Correct Cooking Temperatures and Times for Different Foods
Proper Food Holding Procedures
Proper Food Cooling Techniques
Correct Reheating Methods
Unit 4: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 5 - Cross Contamination
Importance of Cross Contamination
Appropriate Controls to Prevent Cross Contamination
Symptoms of a Food Allergy Reaction and Steps to Take
Common Foods that Cause Allergic Reactions
Unit 5: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 6 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
Proper Techniques for Cleaning and Sanitizing
Where and When to Clean and Sanitize
Proper Use of a 3-Compartment Sink
Unit 6: Test Your Knowledge
Unit 7 - Pest Control
Primary Pests that are a Source of Food Contamination
Indications of Pests and Actions to Take
How to Prevent Pests at your Establishment
Unit 7: Test Your Knowledge
Food Handler Card
Your food handler card is available to print or save immediately after you complete the course and it will be emailed to you. You can also log in to your account at anytime to print or download your certificate.
Your certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.
NOTE: Some cities/counties require that you register this certificate of completion with them. There may be an additional fee for this registration. Please contact your local health department to see if this is a requirement in your area.
Renew Your Food Handler Card
To renew your food handler card, you must complete the Texas food handler certification course again. The entire course must be taken every two years to renew your card.