Food Safety Classes

Food Employee Certification Program

Pennsylvania requires that most retail food facilities employ at least one certified food employee who is accredited by a nationally recognized food safety program. The certified food employee is the person in charge when at the facility. When not present at the facility, the certified person must be accessible by phone during the facility’s hours of operation. The Erie County Department of Health offers a course to prepare food handlers to take the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals exam, which is a nationally recognized program that meets the state’s requirements.

Call 814-451-6740 to obtain a course brochure and for information on course availability.

Upcoming courses are in-person at the Blasco Library in the Hirt Auditorium on the following dates.  Check in for both days is 9 a.m.  The first day is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 45-minute lunch on your own.  The second day is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the exam immediately following the class.

  • August 2nd & 9th
  • September 13th & 20th

Future courses are via Zoom and are spread over two days. Sign-in for both days is 8:30 a.m. The first day is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second day is 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Zoom link and additional information about the course will be sent out the week prior.  The test will be done in person at the Erie County’s Blasco Memorial Library.

  • October 18 and 25, 2021; exam is on October 27, 2021
  • November 8 and 15, 2021; exam is on November 17, 2021

Course Fees

  • $155 – Course and exam
  • $ 75 – Exam only