For Food Workers
To ensure that food is handled appropriately for the safety of the public, Salt Lake County Health Department requires all individuals preparing, serving, or handling food in or around a food service establishment or mobile food unit (whether the individuals are compensated or not) to receive adequate food service training, either as a certified food handler or as a certified food safety manager (see next tab).
Food handler cards are awarded after attending a food handler training class approved by the Utah Department of Health.
- Arrive 15 minutes early to register
- Photo ID is required to register
- Cost is $30 (please bring cash—most locations do not accept checks or credit/debit cards)
- Classes begin on time, and late arrivals will not be admitted
- Children are not allowed—no exceptions
- Cards are valid for 3 years from the date of issue
The State of Utah offers online food handler training through approved vendors only. There are many online outlets claiming to offer Utah-approved food handler training, but we can only accept food handler cards issued by vendors approved by the Utah Department of Health. For online vendors currently approved in Utah, see PAGE TWO of this PDF, which is maintained by the State of Utah and not by Salt Lake County Health Department.
Replacement food handler cards are $15.
To request a replacement card, or if your card never arrived, complete this online form.
Becoming a Food Handler Trainer
Visit the Utah Department of Health for information about becoming an approved food handler trainer in Utah.
Food Safety Managers
At least one full-time certified food safety manager must be employed at every* food service establishment and mobile food unit in Salt Lake County.
When replacing a departing certified food safety manager, the establishment has sixty (60) days to employ a new certified food safety manager.
Certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of issue, unless revoked or suspended by the Salt Lake County Health Department.
To qualify as a certified food safety manager:
- Complete an approved training course and pass its IN-PERSON exam (see list of courses below).
- Register with the health department as a certified food safety manager by:
Food Safety Manager Certification Courses
The State of Utah determines whether or not a training course is approved in the state. Courses are generally eight (8) hours. Visit the Utah Department of Health for a list of approved courses and examinations in Utah.
The following establishment types do not require a certified food safety manager:
- Risk level one (1) establishments
- Day care facilities
- Health care facilities
The following materials may be helpful in meeting the food safety requirements of the health department. This information addresses some of the most commonly identified problems and critical violations.
Hand Washing Information
Learn how to: