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Mandatory Food Safety Education Training

 Program Contacts

Angela Henderson RS
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1206
Paul DeSario PhD, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1243

Important Announcement:

In response to our focus on COVID-19 response, CCBH temporarily suspended all food safety education training in 2020 and through the Summer of 2021. Our office is continuing to honor all payments previously received for classes. Operators have been emailed opportunities to attend trainings scheduled in the future. New training dates are listed below. Please continue to monitor your email and our website for additional food safety training opportunities in the future. 

Our instructors will also come to your facility to provide the training for a group of students as long as it can be done in a safe manner. Please contact Angela Henderson at (216)201-2000 ext. 1206 to discuss this off-site training option.

You will also find some alternatives to in-person food safety education classes below. Several on-line options currently exist for Person-in-Charge (PIC) training: (new ODH approved on-line Person In Charge training)

ServSafe and the National Restaurant Association are committed to supporting restaurant workers by offering a free ServSafe Food Handler course and exam.  Click here to get more information about this food safety training.

The Level 2 (Manager’s Course) on-line options that are approved by ODH are listed below:


Food safety education is a primary component of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (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  employees.

Educational requirements are outlined in Ohio Administrative Code, 3701-21-25. The code identifies the operator(s) with food safety knowledge as the “Person in Charge” (PIC).

There are two kinds of food safety certification levels: Level I and Level II. Both meet the requirements of the “Person in Charge.”


As of March 1, 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.

As of March 1, 2017,  each risk level 3 and risk level 4 licensed food shop is required to have at least one management or supervisory employee with a level 2 certification in food protection.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) approves and maintains a list of classes and providers on its website. You can click here to view the ODH Food Safety Certification web page.

Level 1 Certification

Level 1 Certification in food protection provides basic safety and food handling training for the student. It is recommended for entry level food workers.

The Person In Charge (PIC) 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 typically scheduled and held in our offices as well as other area locations.  Study guides can be found at bottom of this page with the applications.  Spanish version study guide is available.

CCBH also offers a corporate version of our Person In Charge training. If you would like this training held at your facility, designed specifically to meet the needs and concerns of your food shop operation, please contact our office.  Requirements for a corporate Person In Charge training is a minimum of twenty (20) students and an appropriate location (equipped to allow for presentation, tables, chairs, etc.).

Go to the Fee Schedule section below to view fees, the current schedule and/or download an application and study guide.

Click here to view a PIC Study Guide.

New  PIC study guide in Spanish . Guía de estudios en Español

Level 2 Certification

The Level 2 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 proctored by CCBH registered sanitarians.

The new ServSafe Manager 7th Edition Book and ServSafe Manager 7th Edition Online Course are now accepted by the Ohio Department of Health. Under the ServSafe Manager Instructor Resources section of, you will be able to download a new Ohio Student Supplement, that is specific to Ohio.

Please remember that the State of Ohio (ODH) requires the level two course presentation to be 15 hours (not including time taken for breaks). Students should familiarize themselves with the Ohio Food Code to ensure all requirements are met.


The ServSafe course is also offered on-line through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s website. For details on 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 addition 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.
  • Other ANSI approved class and or test providers  use this link.

National Restaurant Association On-Line Food Allergy Training for Food Operators

Do your employees know the major food allergens? If asked, could they tell customers what allergen is present in your ingredients? The National Restaurant Association® (NRA) has launched the new ServSafe Allergens online course.
The new online training course was created in partnership with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to help restaurants address food allergens. “The ServSafe Allergens online course is designed to help both front-of-the-house staff and back-of-the-house operations better understand how to accommodate the growing number of guests with food allergies. Those who deal with this life-threatening condition are often unsure which restaurants can safely accommodate them — if at all.”

Visit: for more details about the course. This course is not sponsored by CCBH.

Fee Schedule

Level 1 Person in Charge (PIC) class  – $30
Corporate Rate (20-50 students) – $600

Level 2 ServSafe class$175
Test or Retest Only –   $65

Applications, Testing Dates & Locations

Level 1 – Person In Charge (PIC) – 

Monday September 27 – AC Marriott Hotel at Pinecrest

Level 2 – ServSafe –

Wednesday October 6, 13 & 20 – Belarusan Event Center

Monday November 1, 8 & 15 – Jack Entertainment (6th floor Bistro)

ODH Food Safety Certification

ODH Food Safety Training Certificate – frequently asked questions 

ODH Food Safety Training Certificate Request Form

ServSafe Online Course (National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation)

ServSafe Online Exam & Retest Application Only – for online class, retest or re-certification only

ServSafe Practice Test

ServSafe Practice Test Answer Key 

State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code