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Cashiers, bussers, stockers, and dishwashers are all required to have a food worker card as a safety precaution. Many states are adopting “limited use” permits for these types of workers, but Snohomish County has yet to adopt these permits.
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Yes. In addition to classes being available at the Snohomish County Health Department Everett location, the food worker card class and test can both be taken online.
If you are having problems with the online class and test, you can call our customer service desk at 425-339-5250. You can also contact the Tacoma-Pierce Health Department. They oversee the actual site and will be able to help you with site issues.
Pre-registration is not required.
Classes are scheduled:
Health Department staff can provide group training off-site if desired. For a class to be offered at your location, you must have a minimum of 10 people. We generally schedule classes about a month in advance. Contact our office to request a class: 425-339-5250 or email Food Safety.
The fee for a food worker card is $10. We accept cash, credit or debit (Visa and MasterCard) for instructor-led classes at the Everett location. Only credit and debit (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted for online classes.
Note: The charges for the food worker cards obtained online will be listed under Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on your bank statement.
The in-person class lasts approximately 60-90 minutes, including the instruction and test. Please arrive early to find parking and get signed in. There is no admittance after the class begins. Allow about 60 minutes for the online food worker class.
There are no age requirements for obtaining a food worker card. The only requirement is taking the class and passing the test.
Food worker cards are valid throughout Washington State for 2 years.
Yes. To receive a 3-year card, you may renew your old card up to 60 days prior to the expiration date. Expired cards are not eligible to renew for a 3-year card.
You can renew your card for 3 years if you re-take the class before your current card expires - bring your old card with you when you take the class in person. If your old card has expired, you will only be able to receive a 2-year card.
This does happen. If you contact the Snohomish County Health Department at 425-339-5250 or email Food Safety, we can upgrade your card to a 3-year card if we see that you qualify for a 3-year card.
You may be eligible for a five-year card if you have completed approved advanced training. You must show proof of the advanced training to receive the 5-year card. You must do this within 2 years of receiving the advanced training.
You can get a replacement card (with the original test date) at the Snohomish County Health Department Environmental Health office in Everett. You can come into the office or you can call the customer service desk at 425-339-5250 to pay for the card over the phone and have the card mailed to you. If you originally received your card online, you can print a duplicate. The fee for a replacement card is $10. We accept cash, credit and debit (Visa and MasterCard) at the Everett location and credit and debit only online.
Yes. We are happy to meet the needs of each person who needs a food worker card.
Even if you have a food worker card, you are not permitted to work with food if you have:
Sick food workers should go home or be given duties that do not involve handling food, such as taking out the trash, cleaning restrooms, or busing tables.