Idaho Food Handler Card Training

How do I get a food handler card in Idaho?

It’s easy to get your food handler card in Idaho!  After a short course and multiple-choice test, you can print your certificate of completion right away to use as proof of training.  Be sure to check if any extra steps are required by local authorities. 

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Does Idaho require food handler training?

Food handler training is recommended to support the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's objective of preventing and minimizing foodborne disease outbreaks.

You'll learn how to prevent foodborne illness with topics like:

  • food temperature and time requirements
  • proper food acquisition
  • transmission of foodborne diseases
  • handwashing procedures and other personal hygiene precautions
  • effective cleaning of food-contact surfaces and equipment

Some jurisdictions have stricter training requirements than the state, so you should double-check your employer or city/county to ensure you comply with local laws.

Can I take an online course to get my food handler permit?

You can!  Getting your food handler permit online is faster, less expensive, and more convenient than other options.

Our food handler permit course at Learn2Serve, by 360training, is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—meaning it follows the highest training standards in the industry.

How long does an Idaho food handlers certificate last?

It's important to take regular refresher courses. Idaho food handler certification is generally valid for 2-3 years.  Check with your employer or local health authority for their specific requirements.

Why should I take food handler training?

Knowing how to keep yourself and your customers safe from foodborne illness is one of the many skills required for food service work in Idaho.

Food employees play a big role in public health.  For example, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that contagious food service workers are the source for 70% of reported outbreaks of norovirus (a common source of food poisoning).

The good news is that foodborne disease outbreaks in Idaho are down in recent years.  In 2017, the CDC reported a total of 8 foodborne disease outbreaks in Idaho. This is up a bit from the 4 outbreaks reported in 2016 but lower than the 13 outbreaks reported in 2015.

If you practice what you learn in food handler training, you can help ensure the number of foodborne illness outbreaks in Idaho stay low.

What jobs can I get in Idaho with my food handler license?

In Idaho, a food handler license qualifies you for many types of jobs. The training's designed for anyone who works with unpackaged food and/or food-contact surfaces, equipment, or utensils.

That includes positions like:

  • Cooks, chefs, dishwashers, and other back-of-house staff
  • Bussers and food runners
  • Waiters, waitresses, and bartenders
  • Any position that handles food or food-contact items

You can work in a variety of establishments like:

  • Casual and fine-dining restaurants
  • Fast food eateries
  • Coffee shops, bakeries, and delis
  • Bars with food service
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores
  • And more

And job demand is high because the food and beverage industry in Idaho is growing fast.

According to the Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Association (ILRA), in 2019 there were 72,600 restaurant and food service jobs, which translates to 10% of total employment. More importantly, that number is projected to grow 11.8% by the year 2029. That's well above the national average job growth of 5%.

If you’re looking to get a job in the food and beverage industry in Idaho, here are some good options, along with how much money you can expect to make based on wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Dishwasher $9.42 $19,590
Waiter/Waitress $9.99 $20,780
Fast Food Cook $9.31 $19,360
Restaurant Cook $11.96 $24,880

If you get your food handler card before you apply for any of these jobs, you’ll be way ahead of the competition!

Where can I find more information about food safety in Idaho?

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: The IDHW controls food protection measures in the state. Find the Idaho Food Code, tips, guidelines, public health district information, and other food safety resources here.

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