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When does my food manager certification expire?

All food manager certification exams that are accredited by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) must expire five (5) years from the date of the exam. The CFP exams include: National Registry, Prometric and Servsafe. Some state and local jurisdictions, such as the state of California, require re-certification every 3 years, so if you are unsure, please check with your local health department.

Foodborne biological hazards can and do change over time. Every day, discoveries are made which increase our understanding of bacteria, viruses parasites and toxins.

Re-certification is necessary to public health to ensure that certified food managers understand food safety as it is revised according to new discoveries or “current best science”. These are reflected in large part in the FDA Food Code, which corresponds to the Conference for Food Protection (CFP).

The CFP is a committee of industry, scientists and regulators from all states and every state has a vote regarding changes to the FDA Food Code. For more information regarding the Conference for Food Protection, please visit their web site