Food Worker Cards
The most important part of food safety is people. Understanding how to handle food safely is important to help keep Snohomish County free from foodborne illness and disease.
Food worker cards help ensure that all workers are knowledgeable about basic food safety practices. The food worker card training covers sanitation concepts like avoiding cross contamination, handwashing, and no bare hand contact with ready to eat food. It also talks about proper food preparation and the temperatures that control germs in food.
You must have a food worker card within 14 days of hire, supported by on-the-job food safety training from your employer.
You are required to get a Washington State food worker card if you:
- Work with unpackaged food, including restaurants and bars.
- Touch food equipment, including washing dishes.
- Work at a surface on which people place unwrapped food, including grocery store cashiers and baggers.
New Card Verify Feature
The Online Washington State Food Worker Card website now provides public access to verify the validity of a food worker card. Go to cardverify.tpchd.org and verify your card by scanning the QR code or entering the card information.
GET A CARD ONLINE
CHECKLIST BEFORE YOU LOG-IN TO TAKE THE CLASS
ONLINE GROUP PAY
GET A CARD IN PERSON
We offer two food worker card classes each month in our Auditorium at 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett. See schedule below. Classes last about 90 minutes. Cost is $10 and must be paid by cash or debit card. You do not need to register ahead of time. If you are renewing a current food worker card, bring your current card (or a copy) with you to receive a 3-year card. If you have lost your card, you can order a reprint for $10. This can be done in our office or over the phone 425.339.5250.
- 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in English
- 11 a.m. el primer martes de cada mes en Espanol (This class is in Spanish only)
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure time for parking and signing in. There is no admittance after the class starts. Please leave young children at home.
5-year food worker card
Certified Food Protection Manager
Five things to note about the new requirement:
- The CFPM does not need to be on-site, although a copy of the certificate does. This means that not all managers need to be certified. You could have one person designated as the CFPM for the food service establishment or even several establishments.
- An establishment will have 60 days to replace a CFPM if their previous CFPM leaves.
- The CFPM will be responsible for implementing a food protection program which helps each Person in Charge (PIC) and any other employees follow the food code.
- The CFPM will be responsible for training each PIC so that they understand food safety concepts and are able to demonstrate knowledge and maintain Active Managerial Control (AMC).
- A CFPM is not required to take a class, although it is encouraged. They are just required to pass one of the ANSI approved food manager tests.
Prepare for the class by reviewing the Food and Beverage Workers Manual in advance. Booklets and tests are available in several languages.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have any other questions about the food worker card or the classes, see these FAQs or contact the Snohomish County Health Department Food Safety Program at 425-339-5250.