Food protection course for restaurant managers and operators.
The Health Code requires food service establishments to have a supervisor of food operations with a Food Protection Certificate on duty during all hours of operation to supervise food preparation and processing. The NYC Health Academy trains individuals in food protection practices to ensure the safety of the food served in New York City's food establishments.
There are two options to take the Food Protection Course:
- In-person at the NYC Health Academy (registration can be done online or in person): there is a $114 fee to take this course and take the final exam. To register click here. (Check the box next Health Academy Training Courses, hit Continue at the bottom of the page. When prompted, select the "Food Protection Course".)
- Online: the online course is free and there is $24 fee to take the final exam which must be taken in person.
Frequency and Duration: The in-person class is 15 hours long and is given over five days and each daily session is three hours long. The course starts on Monday and ends on Friday. When Monday is a City holiday, classes will then begin on Tuesday and end on Friday, each daily session will then be three hours and 45 minutes long. When you pass the final exam, you will be issued a temporary Food Protection Certificate. The cost is $114.
The free online course is offered in English, Spanish and Chinese. The course is self-paced and consists of 15 lessons. You must complete each lesson and pass a quiz before moving on to the next lesson. The final exam, which includes a Food Protection Course Review, must be taken in person. When you pass course you will be prompted to register and pay for the final exam, which will in person. When you pass the final exam, you will be issued a temporary Food Protection Certificate. The cost of the final exam is $24.
To avoid gaps in supervision and a possible fine, the Health Department recommends that restaurants have more than one staff person with a Food Protection Certificate and encourage more staff to obtain one.
This course is open to the public.