Maine Food Manager Certification

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

If you are interested in getting your food protection manager certification in Maine, you need to complete a food safety manager training course, pass an ANSI-accredited exam, and mail your certification off to your state or local health authority.  

You can easily meet these requirements with Learn2Serve by 360training. Our course is online, self-paced, and designed to help you pass our ANSI-accredited and Maine-approved Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam. Start today!  

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What are the Maine food safety regulations? 

Under Maine Food Code § 2-102.12, food establishments need at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility needs to become a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Certain low-risk businesses are exempt from the requirement. 

To become a CFPM, you need to pass an ANSI-accredited exam that is approved by Maine's Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), like the one offered by Learn2Serve by 360training. 

A copy of your CFPM certificate needs to be submitted to either your district health inspector or MDHHS's Health Inspection Program. Your employer will probably also want a copy on file 

The CFPM doesn't need to be on-premises at all times, but they are responsible for educating each person in charge (PIC) when they are off-shift so that each PIC is capable of demonstrating food safety knowledge to an inspector.  

One way for PIC to demonstrate this knowledge is for each PIC to hold their own food protection manager certificate, and the MDHHS sometimes requires this if an establishment fails an inspection. 

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? 

Maine requires CFPM certification to be renewed within five years of the issue date. Before that time is up, you'll need to re-take the Certified Food Protection Manager exam and submit a copy of your new certificate to the state or district health authority.  

Can you take the Maine 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? 

Maine requires the CFPM to be someone with "supervisory and management responsibility" and the authority to "implement food protection measures" and "direct and control food preparation and service." For most businesses, that's an owner or upper-level manager.  

To ensure that the person in charge of every shift is able to pass the knowledge demonstration part of an inspection, many business owners require all PIC to earn their food protection certificate as well.  That includes shift managers, department managers, head chefs, and other leaders. 

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

Food service and retail managers have obligations in many areas, ranging from customer service to operations to human resources and team management. 

But they're also responsible for ensuring food safety is taken seriously in their establishment. That involves: 

  • Knowing local food safety regulations inside and out  
  • Creating policies and protocols to ensure their establishment's compliance 
  • Training their employees in food safety protocols and principles  
  • Monitoring the way food safety procedures are executed and correcting errors 
  • Holding food suppliers responsible for meeting acceptable food safety standards  
  • And more 

Because of this culpability, 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 Maine food service industry:  

Job Title  Average Hourly Wage  Average Yearly Wage 
Food Service Manager  $30.48  $63,410 
Chef  $25.10  $52,200 

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

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

Foodborne illness is a significant threat in every state, including Maine. According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 140 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogens found were Shigella and Salmonella—both preventable with the right food safety protocols in place. 

As the hub of food safety policy, managers have the power to protect customers and employees from foodborne illness. Requiring certification through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Certified Food Protection Manager program is a great way to ensure they have the knowledge and tools that they need. 

ANSI-accredited certification programs meet the highest standards in food safety, proven by the fact that the ANSI CFPM program has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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