Texas Food Handler Certificate


This course is an overview of food safety practices for employees that handle food in Texas, such as servers, cooks, grocery workers, and bartenders. It is required to take food handler training in Texas for ALL food-related employees. 

Includes: Certificate of Completion

Approval: #Lic.#9

Credit Type: Certificate

Credit: 2 Hour(s) | Language: English | 4.8 (406 Ratings)

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About this Course

This Texas Food Handler Training Course is designed for food handlers who work with food in the State of Texas. It is a fundamental review of food safety practices for food service employees. This course is recommended for all food industry employees and can assist employees in implementing safe food handling practices at their food establishments. It will help employees to understand proper hygiene practices and health regulations when handling unpackaged foods. Topics include texas food handler regulations, safe food handling practices, temperature control, food contaminants, and more.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recognizes and has approved this Learn2Serve Food Handler's Course. All students who pass the exam must present their completion certificate to their local health authority and must pay the required fees associated with registration at their local authority. After doing so, you will receive your Texas Food Handlers Card, which shows employers that you are qualified to handle food. Once complete and approved, you can access your card anytime, making it easy to show employers whenever necessary.

Our Texas Food Handler Course is accepted in the following cities/counties of Texas.

  • City of Austin
  • Tarrant County
  • San Antonio / Bexar
  • El Paso

Course Facts


What You Get

Certificate of completion 



2 hours 


Learning Type

100% online, available 24/7 


Course Structure

At your own pace, save progress as you go 


Course Updates

Content is updated and current 



Support available by email, phone or chat

Topics Covered

Lesson 1: Introduction to Food Safety

Lesson 2: Biohazards, Foodborne Illness, and Food Spoilage

Lesson 3: Contaminants

Lesson 4: Temperature and Time Control

Lesson 5: Employee Heath, Hygiene, and Training

Lesson 6: Purchasing, Receiving, and Storing Food

Lesson 7: Cleaning and Sanitizing

What You’ll Learn

1. Define food safety and its goals, benefits, impact, and proper adherence.
2. Recall biohazards, symptoms, and causes of common foodborne illnesses, and identify spoilage signs and causes.
3. Identify three types of contamination, explain how food becomes hazardous, and recognize how to preserve food.
4. Understand time, temperature, and control concerning food handling and how to properly take the temperature of food and maintain the temperature while storing food.
5. Discuss personal hygiene importance and practices and food handling practices and techniques.
6. Understand procedures for acquiring and receiving food, considerations for meat and poultry, and proper food storage.
7. Identify both proper and improper cleaning and sanitizing procedures and implications.
8. Identify signs and eradication procedures for pest infestation.


Does Texas require food handlers licenses?

Yes. Working in the Texas food industry requires a valid food handler license within 60 days of employment.

How do I get a food handlers card in Texas?

Getting your food handler's permit is straightforward and can be done quickly to ensure you can start your new job without delays! All that’s needed is to take an accredited training course before taking the test. The best part is you can even get your certification online, so there’s no need to search for classes. It can all be done from the comfort of your home.

How long is my food handler certificate good for? 

Our Texas food handler certificate is good for two years. However, we always recommend checking your local regulations for specific renewal requirements. 

Why can’t I access the final exam? 

To access the final exam, you must complete each lesson, any required quizzes, and spend a minimum of 90 minutes in the course. Once you meet these requirements, you’ll be eligible to take the exam. 

What score do I need to get to pass the final exam? 

The final exam consists of 45 questions related to the lessons. To pass and earn your food handler permit, you must score at least 72%. 

What happens if I fail the final exam? 

We give you two chances to pass the final exam. If you fail after the second time, you will need to retake the course before you can try again. 

When does my course expire? 

Your course will expire one (1) year after you purchase it (the date you submit payment), unless the course itself indicates otherwise. 

For more information about course expiration dates, please read our Terms of Use

What if I need a refund for my course? 

If for some reason you are not happy and would like a refund, send us a request within 72 hours of purchase. Here are the eligibility requirements you must meet: 

  • Your purchase was made no more than 72 hours prior to your refund request. 
  • You have NOT: 
    • Attempted any portion of a test or exam. 
    • Requested or been issued a certificate of completion. 
    • Completed 50% or more of the purchased course. 

If you meet all of these criteria, submit your refund request in writing via email to support@360training.com with a proof-of-purchase receipt and an explanation for why you are requesting a refund. 

You can find more information about our refund policy here

How quickly will I get my certificate of completion?  

Once you finish your course and pass any required exams, you can print your certificate of completion right away.    

What can I do if I lose my certificate of completion?  

If you lose your certificate of completion and need a new one, you can contact customer service at (877) 881-2235 or support@360training.com.   

Who wrote the content for your course?  

The content for our food handler course was written by a former senior executive who had a long tenure at one of the world’s largest publishers, which also provides educational content and educational technology platforms. 

Over time, we have updated the content with the help of restaurant and food industry experts and individuals involved in higher education. 

What are the system requirements for the course? 

You can find more information about the system requirements for our food handler course in our knowledge base

Regulatory Information

Name:Texas Department of State Health Services
Website URL:https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/foodestablishments/handler.shtm
Address:1100 W. 49th St

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