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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification

The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager is the highest certification awarded by ServSafe®. The certificate is earned by passing the ServSafe® Manager Exam. The exam focuses on five aspects of food service that can affect the safety of food:

  • Foodborne Microorganisms & Allergens
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Purchasing, Receiving and Storage
  • Preparation, Cooking and Serving
  • Facilities, Cleaning/Sanitizing and Pest Management

Who Needs a ServSafe® Manager Certificate?

The Pennsylvania Food Employee Certification Act, 3 Pa C.S.A. 6501 - 6510, as amended, requires one supervisory employee per food facility to become certified in food safety and sanitation by taking a nationally recognized food manager certification exam and obtaining a National Certificate of Completion (such as National Restaurant Association (ServSafe®) certification). 

Be cautious you are taking a Manager Certification course and NOT a Food Handlers Course.  A Manager Certification course will end with you taking a proctored exam, even if you take a computer based or home based course. 

Types of food service establishments that need to comply with the Act include:

  • All Retail Food Facilities making/selling potentially hazardous foods, with some exceptions.
  • Restaurants (take-out or eat-in), fast foods to gourmet
  • Deli's - make sandwiches, slice meats and cheeses, hot foods
  • Snack bars - prepare hot and cold foods
  • Prepare pierogies
  • Belgium waffles with frozen dessert topping
  • Stadiums, race tracks, parks
  • Food vendors - hot dogs and other hot and cold foods
  • Donut shops that prepare sandwiches, etc.
  • Bars, clubs
  • Recreational facilities
  • Commissaries, caterers
  • Retail Frozen Desserts manufacturers
  • Retail bakeries manufacturing products which require refrigeration: cheesecakes, cream filled pies, cannoli, custard pies, meringue pies, etc.
  • Fairs/carnivals Juice extract stand (lemonade and other fruits)
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers
  • Hand dipped ice cream
  • Pizza prepared on site
  • Fry, grill, cook, roast, steam any foods
  • Prepare sandwiches, subs, salads
  • Prepare fresh fruit cup