Food Safety Courses

Effective January 22, 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) requires the “person in charge” in a food service operation to hold a “nationally recognized food protection certificate” such as ServSafe®. To receive and maintain national food safety certification, all individuals are required to pass a certification exam every five (5) years. The certified person must be accessible, such as in person or by phone, during the facilities’ hours of operation.

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The following courses are being offered by the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services in conjunction with Penn State Extension.


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Serv Safe

 
Food Safety course for
Profit Organizations.


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Cooking for Crowds


Food Safety course for
Non-Profit Organizations.


Class Schedule



Dates

  • February 18 & 25, 2016
  • April 7 & 14, 2016
  • June 9 & 16, 2016
  • August 4 & 11, 2016
  • October 6 & 13, 2016
  • December 8 & 15, 2016

Times


First Day:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Day: 9 a.m. to noon, followed by
testing in the afternoon

Location

State College Borough Municipal Building
Room 220
243 South Allen Street
State College, PA

Register


Register online at Centre County Cooperative Extension. Or, please call (814) 355-4897 or (877) 489-1398, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register.

Cost

$175, includes ServSafe Essentials Coursebook, certification exam, thermometer, practice and diagnostic exams, handouts and study guides, snacks and pizza lunch on the second day.

Direct Questions to...



Kevin Kassab
Call 814-234-7191 or email.

About

Although geared to volunteers, those working in food establishments will also find this information to be beneficial. The basic food safety practices included in our certification program are taught in this session as well and include:
  • What causes foodborne illness and how to prevent it
  • Preparation practice to keep food safe
  • How to safely purchase and store food and supplies
  • How to plan a safe and successful food event
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture accepts this program for the legal operations of non-profit organizations.

    Class Schedule

    Dates

    • March 15, 2016
    • September 22, 2016

    Times


    All classes are taught from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Location



    State College Borough Municipal Building
    Room 220
    243 South Allen Street
    State College, PA

    Register



    Register through the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services by calling 814-234-7191 or submitting your request by email.

    Cost


    $25, includes the Cooking for Crowds, A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety notebook, posters, thermometer and training folder.





    TAP Series Online Food Safety Course

    TAP Online Food Safety Certification Course


    The TAP Online Food Safety Certification Course, offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, is for individuals preparing for the exam. After completing the online course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe® certificate, which meets the PDA requirement for food safety certification. This certification is valid for 5 years.

    Register

    Register online, You may pay online with any major credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express) or you may mail your check made payable to 'Penn State' to:
    TAP Series Online Food Safety Training Registration Form
    Attn: Registration 323 Ag Administration Building University Park, PA 16802

    Location



    The class is online; however, the exam is proctored by the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services. Contact in advance to arrange:

    State College Borough Municipal Building
    243 South Allen Street
    State College, PA
    Phone: 814-237-7191

    Cost
    $140 for certification with exam.





    ServSafe Manager Course

    ServSafe Online


    This is a self-paced interactive online program, which includes a practice exam. The online version is a popular option for those who have already been certified once in food safety.

    After completing the online Manager Training course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe® certificate, which meets the PDA requirement for food safety certification. This certification is valid for 5 years.

    Location


    The class is online; however, the exam is proctored by the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services. Contact in advance to arrange:

    State College Borough Municipal Building
    243 South Allen Street
    State College, PA
    Phone: 814-234-7191

    Cost


    $125 (to ServSafe) for the online course, plus $60 to proctor the exam and $36 for the online exam access code or $59.24 for a paper version of the test.


    For registration, you may contact the Centre County Cooperative Extension office at (814) 355-4897.

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