Missouri Food Manager Certification

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

To earn your food manager certification in Missouri, you need to finish an approved food manager training course and pass an ANSI-accredited exam.  

You can easily meet these requirements (in most locations) with Learn2Serve by 360training. Our course is approved in Missouri and many cities and counties. Orr Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam is ANSI-accredited. Start today!  

Please note: Learn2Serve by 360training is NOT accepted in Kansas City. 

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Do Missouri regulations require food manager certification? 

It depends a little on where you work. 

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) doesn't require manager certification, but the person in charge (PIC) must be capable of demonstrating knowledge about foodborne illness prevention, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, the Missouri Food Code, and the ability to train and monitor staff.  

Becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) can be used to demonstrate this knowledge, and Missouri DHSS lists Learn2Serve by 360training as an accepted training provider

But we're also accepted in certain cities or counties where certification is mandatory.  

  • City of Independence requires one permitted manager on duty at all times.  
  • City of Jefferson requires each person in charge to become a certified manager. 
  • City of Columbia/Boone County requires completion of an approved training program. 
  • Cape Girardeau County requires advanced food safety certification for managers, assistant managers, all owners involved in the day-to-day operation, and at least one person from absentee ownership. 
  • Clay County requires certification for any manager or person in charge, within 60 days of hire.  
  • Jefferson County requires a certified food safety manager on premises at all times. 

Kansas City either requires a certified food manager on duty at all times OR for 80% of the staff to hold a food handler card. However, 360training is NOT accepted in Kansas City. 

Additional jurisdictions may require food manager certification. Check with your local health department. 

How long is the food manager certification good for? 

ANSI-accredited CFPM certification is generally valid for a maximum of five years. But since most manager certification requirements are at the local level, be sure to double check the expiration period with your county or municipal health authority. 

Can you take the Missouri 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? 

Check your local regulations. In jurisdictions that only require one CFPM per establishment, food manager certification is typically earned by an owner or upper-level manager. In counties that require a CFPM to be on-premises during all operating hours, one certified manager is needed per shift. 

Regardless of local regulations, many restaurants and other food service establishments require all of their managers and chefs to become certified as a condition of employment.  

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

Food service managers have a lot on their plate, from ensuring quality customer service to coordinating operations to handling human resources and team management. 

Food safety touches nearly every part of their job. Food managers need to: 

  • Understand all food safety regulations and make certain their establishment can ace an inspection 
  • Design policies and protocols to ensure their establishment's compliance 
  • Train all employees in food safety principles and protocols 
  • Enforce the proper implementation of food safety standards 
  • Hold food suppliers and other third parties to appropriate food 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 Missouri foodservice industry:  

Job Title  Average Hourly Wage  Average Yearly Wage 
Food Service Manager  $25.67  $53,390 
Chef  $26.11  $54,300 

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

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

Foodborne illness is a real threat throughout the United States, including Missouri. According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 78 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogen found were Salmonella and Norovirus—both preventable with the right food safety protocols in place. 

Because food service managers have extensive food safety responsibilities, they're perfectly positioned to protect customers and employees from foodborne illness. One way to ensure they're qualified to tackle this problem is requiring them to earn ANSI-accredited certification.  

ANSI-accredited food protection manager certification meets the highest standards in food safety. The ANSI CFPM program has the endorsement of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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