How do I get a food handler card in North Dakota?
It depends on your North Dakota local public health jurisdiction. Some counties or health departments have their own process. But generally, it takes three steps:
- Take an approved food handler course
- Pass the test
- Present your training certificate to your employer or local health authority.
Our food handler training is ANSI-accredited and accepted by many North Dakota employers and counties!
Does North Dakota require food handler training?
While the North Dakota Department of Health recommends food handler training throughout the state, some local public health authorities require it.
Where food handler cards are required, your training options tend to be restricted. For example, the First District Health Unit (FDHU) requires food handler training from FDHU itself. So it's important to check local requirements before signing up for a course.
Even when food handler training isn't a regulatory requirement, some employers might want you to earn a food handler card.
Can I take an online course to get my food handler permit?
It depends on your jurisdiction. Some local public health units restrict food handler permit training to certain sources. Sometimes this includes an online option, but sometimes it doesn't. You'll need to check.
When possible, online food handler training is more convenient, less time-intensive, and more cost-effective than classroom training.
Our food handler permit course at Learn2Serve, by 360training, is ANSI-accredited. That means it follows the highest standards for food handler training.
How long does a North Dakota food handlers certificate last?
You'll need to check local requirements. But it's generally best practice to refresh your food handler certificate every 2-3 years.
Why should I take food handler training?
In some health districts, it's required. Elsewhere, completing food handler training can move your resume to the top of the pile during a job search, because it's proof you have some of the skills your employer would normally have to teach you.
Aside from that, you need to have the knowledge to keep yourself and your customers safe from foodborne illness if you're going to serve food in North Dakota.
Foodborne illness outbreaks have been trending downwards in recent years. In 2017, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only reported a single outbreak in North Dakota. This is down from the 3 outbreaks reported in 2016 and much lower than the 9 reported in 2015.
If you practice what you learn in food handler training, you can help ensure the number of outbreaks stays as low as possible.
What jobs can I get in North Dakota with my food handler license?
In North Dakota, 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.
You can work in a variety of establishments like:
- Restaurants, from fine dining to fast food
- Coffee shops, bakeries, and delis
- Grocery stores and convenience stores
- Food trucks
- And many more…
And job demand is high because the food and beverage industry in North Dakota is growing.
According to the North Dakota Hospitality Association (NDHA), in 2019 there were 39,700 restaurant and food service jobs, which translates to 9% of total employment. That number is projected to grow 7.8% by the year 2029.
If you’re looking to get a job in the food and beverage industry in North Dakota, 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|
|Fast Food Cook||$12.02||$25,000|
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 North Dakota?
North Dakota Department of Health: Find the North Dakota regulatory codes for food service and retail here, along with additional food safety resources.