Food Safety Education
Food safety education is a primary component of the CCBH food protection program.
We offer food safety instruction and education to both the industry and the public.
CCBH food inspectors (sanitarians) use the inspection component as an educational opportunity to reinforce correct food handling procedures with food-service employees.
Educational requirements are outlined in the Ohio Administrative Code, 3701-21-25. The code identifies the operator(s) with food safety knowledge as "the person in charge".
As of March 2010, changes to the food code were added that require all new food shop operators to have at least one "Person in Charge" on duty at all times.
There are two kinds of food safety certification levels that one can achieve: Level I and Level II. Both meet the requirements of the "Person in Charge".
The Ohio Department of Health approves and maintains a list of classes on its website.
Level I certification
Level One Certification in food protection provides basic safety and food handling training for the student. It is recommended for the entry level food worker.
The Person In Charge class is offered in a traditional classroom format and takes approximately three hours to complete. It includes a test that one must pass to receive their certificate. Classes are scheduled on an annual basis at the CCBH offices as well as other area locations.
Go to the Fee Schedule section below to view fees, the current schedule and/or download an application.
Level II certification
The level two certification provides in-depth training for food managers and is designed for those following a career in the food industry. It includes 16 hours of course work with a test.
The type of class offered by CCBH is Servsafe.
Created by the National Restaurant Association as a way to certify food career professionals, the 16-hour course uses a textbook and all attendees must pass a final exam. The textbook is provided with payment of class fees.
The exam is administered and monitored (proctored) by CCBH registered sanitarians.
The class is offered at the CCBH office in Parma and is scheduled on various days and at various times.
Classes can be scheduled off site if the applicant can guarantee 25 students and an approriate location.
The ServSafe course is also offered online through the National Resturant Association Educational Foundation's website. For details about how to take the online course, please follow this link.
Things to Remember About the Online Course
- The ServSafe test must be taken at a proctored site.
- The fee to take the Servsafe exam at our office is in addtion to the fee charged by the online site.
- Exams are given on the last day of the regular scheduled classes.
- Be sure to download and fill out the application completely.
Level I PIC (Person in Charge) class - $30
Corporate rate (20 to 50 students) - $600
Level II, Servesafe class - $175
Test Only - $65
Retest - $65
Applications/Testing Dates and Times
Level I - PIC, Person in Charge class
Level II- Servsafe class
Servsafe Test Application Only (for web class and retest)
Angela Townsend, RS
Food Protection Unit
216 201-2000 x 1206