Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) is required by Section 750.540 of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code based on the food service establishment’s risk category assigned by the local health department. A FSSMC is earned by completing an approved eight hour course with an Illinois approved instructor and passing a national exam accredited by the Conference for Food Protection, then paying a $35.00 fee to the Department for the certificate, which is valid for five years from the exam date.
As of July 1, 2014, Section 750.570 of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code requires food handler training in certain conditions. A “food handler” or “food employee” means an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. “Food employee” or “food handler” does not include unpaid volunteers in a food establishment, whether permanent or temporary. The implementation date and type of food handler training needed is determined by the type of food service establishment, “restaurant” or non-restaurant. Please review the food handler frequently asked questions (FAQ) in the right-hand column under PUBLICATIONS for more information.