Scope:   Elements of food safety that a food handler is responsible for knowing and implementing to keep food safe, under the guidance of a food service manager or other person in charge.

Purpose:  Provide food handlers with a basic understanding of food safety.  

Target Audience:  Individuals who handle food in public facilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  1. At the conclusion of the efoodcard, the food handler will be able to:
  2. Understand how employee illnesses and infections can affect food safety.
  3. Understand the importance of proper handwashing.
  4. Understand their role in helping prevent foodborne illness.
  5. Understand the concept of foodborne illness.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of holding temperatures for potentially hazardous foods.
  7. Understand why cooking foods to proper temperatures are important.
  8. Understand why cross-contamination is dangerous and know ways to prevent it.
  9. Understand Bare Hand Prohibition with Ready-to-Eat Foods.

Program Requirements:

To register for and participate in the program, individuals must create an account.  

To be awarded a certificate, a food handler must

  1. Complete each page of the course. Complete the course in the amount of time the food handler requires.
  2. Achieve a passing score on the final exam.

There shall be no provisions for “testing out” of the coursework.  There are no ongoing requirements for certificate renewal

Term of Validity: 3 years

Access to


Reasonable accommodations for testing shall be provided at no cost to candidates with special medical needs covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act who submit a written explanation of their needs, along with appropriate medical documentation.  Food Safety Educators may submit information regarding the stated disability and requested accommodation to its own expert advisers and reserves the right to provide only those reasonable accommodations as required by law.


Individuals taking the exam shall acknowledge that they understand the following through their successful completion of the final exam.

  • The examinations and the questions contained therein are the exclusive property of Food Safety Educators and are protected by federal copyright law. No part of the examination(s) may be copied, reproduced in part or whole by any means whatsoever, including memorization.
  • Individual participation in any irregularity occurring during the examination, such as giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid, as evidenced by an observation or subsequent statistical analysis, may be sufficient cause to invalidate the results of the examination or the certificate issued, or other appropriate remedy.
  • Individuals verify that they have successfully met the program requirements. If at any time it is confirmed an individual has not met all the requirements, individuals will no longer be eligible for the certificate, or will have their current certificate invalidated.
  • Individuals verify that they solely are responsible for the answers provided on the test(s) and that they were not provided assistance by other individuals.

Commercial Support

Food Safety Educators shall not accept commercial support of its certificate program activities if such acceptance would, or would appear to: (1) create an atmosphere limiting the free exchange of ideas and information; (2) introduce bias or otherwise threaten objectivity; or (3) create a conflict of interest.  When funding is accepted from external sources, that funding shall be disclosed to potential participants prior to course registration.

Statement about what inferences can be made regarding certificate holders

Your eFoodcard program certificate is documentation of the successful completion of the certificate program. 

Privacy of Individuals and Confidentiality and Security of Individual Information

Certificate Issuer (CI) shall safeguard the privacy of individuals, where applicable, and shall hold in confidence and in a secure manner, either electronically or in a locked cabinet, the information obtained in the course of certificate program activities at all levels of the organization, including those of the Advisory Group, instructors, and other contractors acting on its behalf. Except as required in this policy manual, information about a particular individual shall not be disclosed to a third party by CI personnel (paid, volunteer or contractor) without the written consent of the individual. Where the law requires information to be disclosed to a third party, the individual shall be notified of the information provided.