A food worker certificate is required for any person who handles, prepares, serves, sells or gives away food for human consumption, including those whose duties are restricted to busing or washing dishes. New food workers must obtain their certificates within 30 days of hire.
The certificate may be obtained by doing one of the following:
As of 10/1/2008, proof of legal residency is required to obtain a food worker certificate. The following forms of eligibility identification are accepted:
To give people who work in food establishments basic knowledge of food safety principles, encouraging safe food handling practices.
All persons who may handle, prepare or serve food or persons involved in the handling of food contact surfaces and/or equipment.
(Effective February 1, 2015)
Either the original or second copy of the certificate must be kept at the workplace.
Cash and local business/personal checks are accepted. Returned checks are subject to a NSF check charge (See Fee Schedule).
See our Food Worker Training Schedule for more information on weekly scheduled classes, outlying area classes, classes held in Spanish, or workbook training.
To improve food safety.
Widespread food safety training of food workers in Yavapai County.
In Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood, as well as several outlying communities. See Foodworker Training Schedule.
In 2001, Yavapai County adopted a change to its health code requiring all food establishments handling open, potentially hazardous foods to have at least one person available during all hours of operation who has undergone extensive food service training and has obtained manager certification.
The deadline for meeting this requirement was January 1, 2002. New establishments must meet the requirement within 90 days of opening.
To obtain manager certification, you must attend training conducted by an approved agency recognized by the county for this purpose. See below for approved agencies.
The certificate or a copy must be displayed in the workplace.
Arizona Restaurant Association (Serve-Safe) (602) 307-9134
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (800) 446-0257
Prometric (800) 624-2736