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Important: Both ServSafe online and classroom training options meet the state of Ohio’s food safety training requirements as follows:

  • Ohio level one certification in food protection – ServSafe Food Handler

  • Ohio level two certification in food protection – ServSafe Manager

ServSafe is excited to announce the release of the new ServSafe Manager 7th Edition Exam. The 7th Edition Exam is offered in both English and Spanish and will reflect the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA). Click here to get the new book.

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The ServSafe® Manager course is an approved course to meet the criteria for the Ohio Department of Health's Level II certification. The Here's what to expect from a ServSafe Manager’s class, conducted either online or in-person:

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1. The exam must be given by a proctor or the course administrator

2. The course administrator submits the class roster and passing scores to the Ohio Department of Health

3. Then the Ohio Department of Health distributes Ohio Level Two certificates – to the exam administrator, who subsequently distributes them to the student.

4. Receiving reciprocity for a food safety course already taken is easy but there is a process that must be followed to meet the requirements for Ohio Level Two Certification. This means once someone has taken a food safety course (ServSafe Food Handler or ServSafe Manager) + taken and passed the exam for that course, then that the Ohio Department of Health needs to be informed. Follow our guide to learn more.

5. ​Also, the facility’s Person-in-Charge (PIC) is required to ensure that a Food Service Operation/Retail Food Establishment (FSO/RFE) have a written procedure for employees to follow when responding to vomiting and diarrheal events.

***** Attention service members, veterans and their spouses: ****

The Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection Food Safety Program is now offering 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:

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Food Safety Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-7416
Fax: (614) 466-4556

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