Virginia Food Manager Certification

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

If you’re responsible for food safety at your Virginia restaurant, you can become a Certified Food Protection Manager by passing a test from an accredited program. You can easily meet these requirements with Learn2Serve by 360training’s ANSI-accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam. Enroll today!


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What are the Virginia food safety regulations?

The regulations for food safety in Virginia are very straightforward and follow the FDA guidelines very closely. And when it comes to food managers, the rules state that at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service needs to be a Certified Food Protection Manager. 

Becoming a Certified Food Manager is how you demonstrate your knowledge of foodborne illness risks that are inherent in food operation. It also shows that you have passed a test that’s part of an accredited program.  

How can you find an accredited food manager program?

Accredited programs are important because they are a standardized solution for ensuring that food managers understand food safety. For example, the ANSI-CFP Accreditation Program is based on the Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standards.

Additionally, the ANSI CFPM program has been endorsed by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Since the exam from us at Learn2Serve by 360training is an ANSI-CFP accredited program, you meet the requirements listed in Virginia’s food code for becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager.

How long is the food manager certification good for?

ANSI's CFPM certification is valid for a maximum of five years. After that, you will need to renew it by retaking the exam. 

Can you take Virginia 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?

As the Virginia regulations state the person who needs to become a Certified Food Protection Manager should be "an employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service."

Typically, that means owners, executive chefs, and upper-level management.

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

Food service managers have a lot on their plate, ensuring the quality of customer service, coordinating operations, managing their team, and handling human resources.

But their food safety responsibilities are important to the safety of customers and the life of the business. Foodborne illness is a threat that every state should take seriously, including Virginia.

According to data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, over a 10-year period (2003-2012), there were a total of 130 foodborne illness outbreaks. And the two most common pathogens found were Norovirus and Salmonella—which can both be prevented with a strong focus on food safety.

Given a manager's extensive food safety responsibilities, they have the power to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

And 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 Virginia foodservice industry:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Food Service Manager $31.63 $65,800
Chef $26.33 $54,760

Getting your Virginia-approved food safety manager certification is can be an essential step in qualifying for one of these jobs. 

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