North Carolina Food Manager Certification

How do I become a Certified Food Protection Manager in North Carolina? 

To earn your food manager certification in North Carolina you need to pass the Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam through an ANSI-accredited program. It's easy to meet these requirements with Learn2Serve by 360training.  Our food safety manager training is designed to help you ace our ANSI-accredited CFPM exam. Sign up and get started now! 

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What are the North Carolina food safety regulations? 

North Carolina Food Code requires a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) on duty whenever food is being prepared, packaged, or served for immediate consumption. 

To become certified, you'll need to pass an exam through an ANSI-accredited program like Learn2Serve by 360training. 

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

How long is the food manager certification good for?

The North Carolina Food Code doesn't specify a length of time, but ANSI-accredited CFPM certification is generally valid for a maximum of five years. 

Can you take the North Carolina 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 North Carolina Food Code stipulates that the person who needs certification must be an employee with "supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service."  

It's usually owners, head chefs, and managers who earn food manager certification.  Since the state food code requires a CFPM to be on duty during all hours where food is being prepared, large businesses and/or those with extended hours will probably need certification for department managers or shift managers, as well. 

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

Food managers juggle a lot of responsibilities: customer service, operations, team management, human resources, and much more.   

Their food safety responsibilities are integrated into all parts of their job. That includes: 

  • Understand local food safety regulations  
  • Establish, maintain, and enforce food safety procedures, protocols, and policies 
  • Training employees in food safety and ensuring they execute protocols properly 
  • Conduct frequent self-inspections to ensure food safety 
  • Hold food suppliers accountable for meeting adequate food safety standards  
  • And more 

Due to the high 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 North Carolina foodservice industry:  

Job Title  Average Hourly Wage  Average Yearly Wage 
Food Service Manager  $28.53  $59,340 
Chef  $24.37  $50,690  

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

Why are food managers in North Carolina required to get ANSI certification?  

Foodborne illness is a serious risk throughout the United States, including North Carolina. According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 121 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogens found were Salmonella and Norovirus—both preventable with the right food safety protocols in place. 

As the hub of food safety policy, managers are best situated to stop foodborne illnesses from impacting customers and employees. To make sure they're qualified to do this, they must demonstrate their knowledge by earning accredited food safety manager certification. 

ANSI-accredited certification programs meet the highest standards in food safety. That's why the ANSI CFPM program has the endorsement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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