According to the rule 5k-4.021 of the Florida Administrative Code, all food establishments (including mobile vendors) must have a certified food manager… in order to make sure all the food served in the establishment is 100% safe to eat, and won’t cause foodborne illness. The food manager (usually the manager of the restaurant) is the person in charge of educating employees about how they must handle the food (teaching by example), correcting any mistakes made while preparing (and serving) the food, making certain the restaurant is spotless at all times, and enforcing compliance of food safety guidelines within the food establishment.
Florida law also requires that at least one certified food manager to be present – at all times – when there are 4 (or more) “food employees” working in the restaurant. A “food employee” is anyone who’s working with unpackaged food, food equipment (and utensils), or food contact surfaces. If there are less than 4 employees involved with food, the food manager doesn’t have to present at all times.
There’s almost a limitless amount of companies (and individuals) providing food manager certification courses, study guides, and exams. Just by googling “food manager certification”, you’ll find about 145,000 results… but… how can you know what’s the right choice? After reading this article, you’ll know the 3 basic requirements you must look for to find the best food manager certification course:
- Certified Instructors: There are 2 different certifications for instructors: certified ServSafe instructor and registered Proctor. A certified ServSafe instructor will show you everything you need to know about food safety, hygiene, causes of foodborne illness, and temperature control… while a registered Proctor is the person responsible for the food manager certification exams. However, you must also know there’s a “black list” of people who are not authorized to teach any ANSI-CFP approved food safety course or exam, and you have to verify (through independent sources) that the instructor – and proctor – is indeed legitimate.
- Experience & Expertise: You can find hundreds (or even thousands) of certified instructors, but few of them have extensive experience in the field (hands-on operational experience), not all of them have been responsible for providing 100% safe food for thousands of people every day for decades, and only a couple of them have teaching experience at college level. Your ideal instructor is someone who has both operational and teaching experience, and knows the foodservice business inside out. Plus, the instructor must be well-versed in the latest in FDA food code, food safety research, and food sanitation training.
- Convenience: As you know, a restaurant is an extremely time-consuming business, and you may not have enough time to spend learning about food safety (and then take an exam). That’s why you must look for a legitimate instructor that offers same day completion classes and exams, so you can get your much-needed certification right away.
When it comes to selecting the right food manager certification course, these 3 requirements are non-negotiable. If your instructor fails to comply with any of these 3 requirements, the consequences for you (and your business) can be devastating – failed health inspections and severe cases of foodborne illness could be the end of your restaurant. If you’re looking for the premier food manager certification course, then you ought to talk to Ken Kuscher. With over 35 years of hands-on operational experience (and teaching experience at college level), Ken Kuscher is your best option when you need a food manager certification.
Ken Kuscher offers the following services: Food Card Florida, Food Safety Certification Florida, Cheap Florida Food Handler Certificates, and Required Florida Food Handler Certificates. Contact Ken Kuscher today to get certified in safe food handling.