Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification

Effective August 19, 2018, PA100-0954  amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act to allow the use of an existing Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) issued by the Department that is still valid to meet the requirement of the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification required by the Illinois Food Code.
 
So, what does this mean?

  • If you already have a valid Illinois FSSMC, you can use it to meet the requirement of the CFPM.
  • If you have a valid ANSI accredited CFPM certification (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety), you can use it to meet the requirement of the CFPM.
  • If you have an IL FSSMC and it will soon expire, you will need to take a course and ANSI accredited CFPM exam (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety).
  • You do not need to apply for an IL FSSMC, as the certificate itself was eliminated January 1, 2018.
  • Duplicates of the IL FSSMC will not be issued and new applications will not be processed.
  • If you lost your IL FSSMC or it is no longer valid and have never taken the CFPM exam (ServSafe, NRFSP, 360training, Prometric, StateFoodSafety), then you will need a 7 hour food manager course with ANSI accredited CFPM exam. You can find instructors via an online search engine or by contacting your local health department.
  • If you took a course/exam later in 2014 or after, it is likely that you have a CFPM certification. If you need a copy of that national certificate, you will need to contact the exam company directly for a duplicate: https://www.ansi.org/Accreditation/credentialing/personnel-certification/food-protection-manager/ALLdirectoryListing?menuID=8&prgID=8&statusID=4.

Questions: email dph.fssmc@illinois.go

Effective January 1, 2018, per PA 100-0194, the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) will be eliminated. IDPH will no longer issue FSSMC certifications, post course listings, or certify instructors/proctors on or after January 1, 2018. Please note, the Illinois Food Code still requires a valid IL FSSMC per 750.540 through the end of 2017.
 
Beginning January 1, 2018, an ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam are still required, but students will not need to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate. The City of Chicago will still maintain their certification.  For questions, please email  dph.fssmc@illinois.gov.

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