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County Certified Food Service Manager Requirements

To obtain The District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland FOOD MANAGER ID CARD) Contact your State's Health Department for more detailed information

Maryland Requirements

Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, and the City of Annapolis require that a certified Food Service Manager be on-site during foodservice operations at all foodservice facilities. Current law requires that training be provided in 15-16 hour CLASSROOM environment for initial certification.
Certified Food Service Manager Re-Certification current law requires that training be provided in "8 hour CLASSROOM environment" for ongoing certification.
Howard County does allows online training as an acceptable training for Certified Food Service Manager Re-Certification.
All counties recognize online examinations, but a proctor must be with the examinee at time of examination to administer and proctor the Certified Food Service Manager examination.
BHTS does provide administration and proctoring of Certified Food Service Manager examinations.
The Certified Food Service Manager must have full control over sanitation and preparation procedures, and supervise other foodservice employees in these areas.

Virginia Requirements

Follow the link to your jurisdiction's requirements within Virginia:

Washington D.C. Requirements

All food establishments must have a certified food protection manager on the premises at all times. After passing a food safety examination, present the original certificate with test scores to the Food Protection Division for Certified Food Manager's Identification Card issued by the Department of Health. For additional questions regarding the Food Protection Division please contact (202) 535-2180.

Recertification is required every three years in Maryland, Washington D.C. and every 5 years in Virginia in an eight-hour format.