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Illinois Food Handler Course Online - Mobile Friendly

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act now requires all handlers of food in Illinois to receive training on basic food handling procedures. The training is now required as of July 1st, 2014. Fines to restaurants will begin to be issued as of January 1st, 2015 for non-compliance.

Illinois Food Handlers Course OnlineThe required training regulation applies to any employee who works with unpackaged food, equipment, utensils or food contact surfaces. To be on the safe side, you should assume you need this training if you work in any food serving establishment.

The employee must take and pass an Illinois Department of Public Health approved course within 30 days of employment. The course must be retaken every three years.

The course is approved by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and is valid statewide in Illinois.

We now offer the Food Handler Training Certificate Program. This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The approval number is 14-071 and this may be verified on the state website.

Our Illinois Food Handler Course is now mobile-friendly allowing the student to complete the course wherever there is internet access.

This 100% online Illinois Food Handler course is 2 hours in length and covers food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food-safe environment. This DPH-approved online course will help you to better understand how handling food correctly is not only the law, but it improves safety and reduces risks.

The course is divided into sections but no longer has individual section quizzes. Per state law, the final exam must be passed with a 75% or higher score. In the event a student fails the final exam, they may retake it one time at no charge. Upon completion the student may print out their proof of completion certificate that is valid for three years.

Restaurants must maintain proof of course completion for all of their staff so it is important to get your certificate and supply a copy to your employer.

The state of Illinois has prepared a frequently asked questions document on their website here.

Who should take this course?
  • All cooks
  • Food Prep Staff
  • Dish-washing Staff
  • Bussing Staff
  • Hosting Staff
  • Service Staff
  • Bartenders if food is served in the bar area
  • Any staff who unloads food trucks
  • Nursing Home Food Staff
  • School Food Staff
  • Day Care Food Staff
  • Any management staff not required to hold a Food Safety Manager Certification

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the Illinois Food Handler course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss food safety, its importance, and those who enforce it
  • Identify foodborne illness and its causes
  • Identify biological, physical, and chemical contamination
  • Describe temperature control
  • Discuss the importance of proper personal hygiene in the workplace
  • Implement appropriate procedures to receive and store food
  • Discuss cleaning and sanitization

Topics Covered:
  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Biohazards, Foodborne Disease, and Food Spoilage
  • Section 3: Contaminants
  • Section 4: Food and Temperature Control
  • Section 5: Employee Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Section 6: Purchasing, Receiving, and Storing Food
  • Section 7: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Section 8: Pest Control
  • Section 9: Facility Design