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Food Safety Certification

Food Safety Certification

The objective of the Ohio Department of Health’s certification in food protection rule, 3701-21-25 of the Administrative Code, is to educate and train food personnel on effective food safety practices for preventing foodborne illness. Ohio's Certification program consists of two levels of training.

Level One Training (Person in Charge)

Level One Certification in Food Protection is a mandated training for the designated person in charge for each shift of a risk level I, II, III, and IV food service operation or retail food establishment if any of the following apply: 

  • A new food service operation or a new retail food establishment licensed after March 1, 2010 unless the individual has successfully completed an equivalent or more comprehensive manager certification in food protection course (Level Two Certification). 
  • A food service operation or retail food establishment has been implicated in a foodborne disease outbreak. 
  • The licensor has documented a failure to maintain sanitary conditions in accordance with section 3717.29 of the Revised Code for a retail food establishment or section 3717.49 of the Revised Code for a food service operation. 

Approved Courses and Providers

The following application must be submitted when requesting approval of materials for a new Level One Certification in Food Protection Training:

Application for Approval of a Level One Certification in Food Protection Course Materials

To request approval to provide of a Level One Certification in Food Protection Training  to food employees, use the following application: 

Application for Approval to be a Provider of a Level One Certification in Food Protection Course

Obtaining the Ohio Level One Certification in Food Protection

Food employees seeking to obtain the Ohio level one certification need to complete an approved course through a provider approved by the Ohio Department of Health.  A list of approved providers of the Ohio level one certification is available at:

Providers of the Level One (Person in Charge) and Level Two (Manager) Certification in Food Protection Training

***Attention Service members, Veterans and their spouses***

The Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection Food Safety Program offers expedited certification application processing for service members, veterans and their spouses. Applications must include proof of service member/veteran status.  Documents considered acceptable proof for service members or veterans would include: 

  • Department of defense identification card (active, retired, temporary disability retirement list (TDRL)); 
  • DD214 military discharge certificate indicating disposition of discharge; 
  • Report of separation from the national archives national personnel records center in St. Louis, Missouri; or 
  • Veterans’ identification card from the department of veterans’ affairs. 

All acceptable proof documents, except veterans’ identification card, must show the veteran status as honorable, general, general under honorable conditions, or discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Questions regarding Ohio Certification should be directed to the food safety staff.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
BEHRP Food Safety Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215 

Telephone: (614) 644-7416
E-mail: foodsafety@odh.ohio.gov

Level Two Training (Manager Certification)

The Level Two certification in Food Protection program, established in 1973, is a more extensive training for the food manager and meets the requirement for demonstration of knowledge required in rule 3717-1-02.4 (B) of the Administrative Code. 

Beginning March 1, 2017, each risk level III and risk level IV food service operation and retail food establishment is required to have at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service that has obtained the Ohio level two certificate in food protection. 

Approved Courses and Providers

A list of approved courses and examinations are listed in the Guidelines to the Ohio Department of Health's Level Two Certification in Food Protection. The guidelines were established to provide a foundation for the evaluation of course content, instructors, and reciprocity.  Any one interested in providing the Level Two Certification in Food Protection to food employees will need to complete the following application:

Application to Conduct a Level Two Certification in Food Protection Course

Obtaining the Ohio Level Two Certification in Food Protection

Food employees seeking to obtain the Ohio level two certification need to complete an approved course and certification exam through a provider approved by the Ohio Department of Health.  A list of approved providers of the Ohio level two certification is available at:

Providers of the Level One (Person in Charge) and Level Two (Manager) Certification in Food Protection training

Individuals who have taken an approved course and exam not from an instructor who is not approved by the Ohio Department of Health may apply for the Ohio level two certification using the application linked below:

Application for the Ohio Department of Health's Certification in Food Protection

***Attention Service members, Veterans and their spouses***

The Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection Food Safety Program offers expedited certification application processing for service members, veterans and their spouses. Applications must include proof of service member/veteran status.  Documents considered acceptable proof for service members or veterans would include: 

  • Department of defense identification card (active, retired, temporary disability retirement list (TDRL)); 
  • DD214 military discharge certificate indicating disposition of discharge; 
  • Report of separation from the national archives national personnel records center in St. Louis, Missouri; or 
  • Veterans’ identification card from the department of veterans’ affairs. 

All acceptable proof documents, except veterans’ identification card, must show the veteran status as honorable, general, general under honorable conditions, or discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Questions regarding Ohio Certification should be directed to the food safety staff.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
BEHRP Food Safety Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215 

Telephone: (614) 644-7416
E-mail: foodsafety@odh.ohio.gov