Washington Food Manager Certification

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

To qualify as a Certified Food Protection Manager in Washington, you must complete an accredited program—like the one we offer at Learn2Serve by 360training. Our ANSI-accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) exam ensures you understand the risks of foodborne illness. Sign up today to get certified!


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What are the Washington food safety regulations?

Washington State’s Retail Food Code aligns with the FDA’s food code and requires that the person-in-charge demonstrate their knowledge of three specific things: 

  • Food foodborne disease prevention 
  • Application of the hazard analysis and critical control point principles 
  • The requirements listed in the code 

And you can meet this requirement by being a certified food protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program. 

How can you find an accredited food manager program?

You can easily find it from us! Our Certified Food Protection Manager Program is ANSI-CFP accredited and meets the guidelines specified by Washington State. 

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

Who should get their food manager certification?

It’s recommended that the permit holder be the person in charge, but they can also designate someone else as the person in charge. No matter who it is, there must always be a person in charge at the food establishment while it’s in operation. 

To put it simply, anyone can get their food manager certification. In most cases though, it’s usually the owner, food service manager, executive chef, or operations manager. 

How long is the food manager certification good for?

The Washington State Food Code doesn’t specify exact renewal requirements. But the ANSI CFPM certification is valid for a maximum of five years. To renew the certification, you need to pass the Food Protection Manager certification exam again.  

Can you take the Washington 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.

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

Foodservice and retail managers have responsibility in many areas, including managing food costs, planning new menu items, ensuring guest satisfaction. But no matter what they’re doing, food safety must be the top priority. This means they must stay on top of several tasks, such as: 

  • Oversee the food safety program through HACCP education and awareness 
  • Maintain the temperature controls for deliveries of food, from frozen to fresh produce 
  • Train employees on food safety protocols, policies, and procedures 

Since they typically have more responsibilities, food managers can make more money 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 Washington foodservice industry:  

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Food Service Manager $37.49  $77,970 
Chef $27.73  $57,680 

Getting a Washington-approved food safety manager certification could potentially put you ahead of someone who doesn’t have one when you are competing for one of these jobs. 

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