ServSafe offers food and alcohol safety training and certification exams created by foodservice professionals. Programs are available online or in a classroom.
ServSafe is a safety training and certificate program for food and beverage operations and is administered by the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Although not required by all restaurant operations, many food and beverage operations require sanitation certification for management positions.
ServSafe training courses cover safe food handling, receiving food and proper food storage criteria, biological toxins, cross-contamination, prevention of food born bacteria and illnesses as well as information regarding food allergens. Sanitation guidelines are also covered for the maintenance of facilities and equipment as well as employee training. ServeSafe certification helps food service establishments and workers to implement important food safety procedures to create an environment of food safety.
There are five different ServSafe certifications available: ServSafe Food Protection Manager, ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Alcohol, ServSafe Allergens and ServSafe Workplace. ServSafe courses are led by certified ServSafe instructors and registered ServSafe proctors; instructors and proctors must meet experience and educational requirements to become certified.
ServSafe Alcohol training and certification focuses on defining responsible alcohol service in the food and beverage industry. The training program also includes material regarding the risks involved in serving alcohol as well as tools to help prepare for difficult situations.
ServSafe courses and exams are available online as well as through some local food distributors. ServSafe is the leading and most recognized program for food safety training in the restaurant industry by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification program. Currently, more than four million certifications have been granted through the ServeSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. This program is also an accredited program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Conference for Food Protection (CFP).
ServSafe certifications are also accepted in all fifty states as a nationally recognized food safety training program. Once certification is obtained, certification for Food Protection Manager is recognized for a five-year period, while the certification for ServSafe Alcohol and ServSafe Food Handler is recognized for a three-year period by the NRA. However, individual food service establishments and/or state requirements will vary.
Source: ServSafe website www.servsafe.com