Department of Health
Food Managers Training Course

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FAQ

  • Does my restaurant/establishment need a certified manager?

  • How many days is the class?

  • How many certificates does my establishment need?

  • How long does certification last?

  • What if I took food safety training in NYC or Suffolk County?

  • What if my employment changes?

  • Who is eligible for the renewal class?

  • Where should I keep the certificate?

  • In what languages are Nassau County classes offered?

  • What is the purpose of food managers training?

  • What if I lose my certificate?

  • What if I cannot attend class, can I obtain a refund?

  • What if the employee registered is no longer working at the establishment and I have another employee that can attend the class?

  • Where can I take the Nassau County Food Managers Training Course?





  • Does my restaurant/establishment need a certified manager?

    A certified person is required to be in each high risk food establishment during all hours of food preparation and operation.

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    How many days is the class?

    The 10 hour class is generally held over 5 days, 2 hours per day. The renewal class is three hours and done in one day.

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    How many certificates does my establishment need?

    If the establishment is open for more than 12 hours per day, then a second manager must be certified. The more certified managers that an establishment has, the more protected that business is.

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    How long does certification last?

    The Food Manager's Certificate is valid for 3 years and is renewable through our renewal class. It is the manager's responsibility to contact the Department and arrange for recertification. If the manager fails to renew the certificate after three years, they are required to take the 10-hour course again.

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    What if I took food safety training in NYC or Suffolk County?

    At present, Nassau County only recognizes its own certification with the exception of classroom training in a language that we do not offer. Please call our office for further details.

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    What if my employment changes?

    The certificate belongs to the person whose name appears. It is the manager's responsibility to contact the Nassau county Department of Health with notification of employment location changes.

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    Who is eligible for the renewal class?

    The person taking the renewal class must be the same person the certificate was issued to. The certificate is not transferable to any other person and cannot be duplicated.

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    Where should I keep the certificate?

    Like the Food Establishment Permit, the Food Managers Certificate must be posted in public view in the establishment.

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    In what languages are Nassau County classes offered?

    The Nassau County Food Managers Class is offered in English and Spanish. Handout material is available in other languages upon request. The written test is offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Urdu.

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    What is the purpose of food managers training?

    The purpose of the Food Manager's Certification Program is to aid the food service establishment operator in improving sanitary practices. The ultimate goal is to safeguard the consumer through the reduction and/or elimination of those practices and equipment that lead to foodborne illness or intoxication (poisoning).

    The objective of the Food Manager's Certification Program is to provide the information necessary to meet the above stated purpose of preventing foodborne illness. Therefore the goals of this program include having the operator:

  • Become aware of the magnitude of foodborne illness.
  • Become knowledgeable of different types of agents that frequently cause foodborne illness outbreaks.
  • Understand the factors that contribute to such outbreaks.


  • Learn and use those procedures that will help prevent future foodborne illness.

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    What if I lose my certificate?

    If your certificate is lost, you must apply for a replacement in person at the Nassau County Department of Health office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 am-4:45pm.

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    What if I cannot attend class, can I obtain a refund?

    All fees are non-refundable. With that said, if there is evidence presented documenting a catastrophic event, (e.g. hospitalization, family member death) please contact our office for information (516 227-9717).

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    What if the employee registered is no longer working at the establishment and I have another employee that can attend the class?

    Call the office the week prior to the class and the substitution may be made (516 227-9717).

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    Where can I take the Nassau County Food Managers Training Course?

    The Food Managers Course is offered at two locations; Nassau County Dept. of Health Office, 200 County Seat Drive, Mineola, or, The Morrelly Center, 510 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage.

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