Kentucky Food Manager Certification

How do I become a Certified Food Protection Manager in Kentucky? 

To get your food manager certification in Kentucky, you need to study up on food safety and pass an ANSI-accredited exam. You can easily meet these requirements with Learn2Serve by 360training. You'll complete your training online and at your own pace, then register for our ANSI-accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam. Sign up and start today!  

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What are the Kentucky food safety regulations? 

Kentucky largely adopts the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s 2013 Food Code as their own, with a few changes. 

As such, Kentucky requires at least one supervisory employee to be a Certified Food Protection Manager who has passed the certification exam through an ANSI-accredited program like Learn2Serve by 360training.  

Kentucky also accepts local health department classes that address the same material. 

Additionally, the Kentucky Food Code calls for the designated Person in Charge (PIC) at the time of inspection must be able to demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention, Kentucky code requirements, and HACCP principles.   

One of the ways to demonstrate this knowledge is to be a Certified Food Protection Manager. 

We always recommend checking with your local health department for any additional certification and training requirements. 

How long is the food manager certification good for? 

ANSI's CFPM certification is generally valid for a maximum of five years. To renew your certification, you have to pass the Certified Food Protection Manager exam through an ANSI-accredited program, once again.  

Can you take the Kentucky food manager exam online? 

Yes, your exam will be administered through our online proctor service. The Learn2Serve Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP).

Learn more about the policies and procedures required to successfully complete our online proctored exam.

Who should get their food manager certification? 

The Kentucky Food Code specifies that the required CFPM must be an employee with "supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service." This typically translates to the CFPM being an owner or upper-level manager. 

If the CFPM is present during an inspection, then they are the "person in charge" who can use certification to demonstrate their knowledge.   

But Kentucky defines the PIC as the individual present at a food establishment who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection. So when the CFPM is not on the premises, at least one person needs to be qualified to demonstrate food safety knowledge at all times. 

The Kentucky Food Code allows the "demonstration of knowledge" to be satisfied in other ways (ie, lacking any important violations, being able to answer questions correctly), but those options are more ambiguous than most owners or general managers want to bank on. 

That's why many restaurants, grocery stores, and other food retail establishments require all shift managers and head chefs to earn CFPM certification as a condition of their employment. 

What does a food manager do and how can they improve food safety? 

Food managers have responsibility in many areas, ensuring the quality of customer service, coordinating operations, managing their team, and handling human resources. 

Their food safety duties are embedded in every corner of the job. They have to: 

  • Be familiar with local food safety regulations  
  • Design policies and protocols to ensure their establishment's compliance 
  • Train all employees in food safety principles and protocols 
  • Confirm that all food vendors and deliveries meet safety standards  
  • And more 

Due to the level of accountability, food managers earn a significantly higher salary than servers and other food employees. According to wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is the average amount of money you can expect to make in senior management positions in the Kentucky food service industry:  

Job Title  Average Hourly Wage  Average Yearly Wage 
Food Service Manager  $24.59  $51,160 
Chef  $24.48  $50,930 

Kentucky-approved food safety manager certification is an important qualification for getting one of these jobs. 

Why are food managers in Kentucky required to get ANSI certification?  

Foodborne illness is a real concern in every state, including Kentucky. According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 27 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogen found were Norovirus and Staphylococcus—both preventable with the right food safety protocols in place. 

If a manager has earned food protection manager certification, they have the knowledge they need to put those protocols in place and ensure they're followed properly.  

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