Food Worker Cards
The most important part of food safety is people. Understanding how to handle food safely is important to help keep Snohomish County free from foodborne illness and disease.
Food worker cards help ensure that all workers are knowledgeable about basic food safety practices. The food worker card training covers sanitation concepts like avoiding cross contamination, handwashing, and no bare hand contact with ready to eat food. It also talks about proper food preparation and the temperatures that control germs in food.
You must have a food worker card within 14 days of hire, supported by on-the-job food safety training from your employer.
You are required to get a Washington State food worker card if you:
- Work with unpackaged food, including restaurants and bars
- Touch food equipment, including washing dishes
- Work at a surface on which people place unwrapped food, including grocery store cashiers and baggers
GET A CARD ONLINE
CHECKLIST BEFORE YOU LOG-IN TO TAKE THE CLASS
ONLINE GROUP PAY
Get a Card in Person
In-person classes are dependent on the ever-changing COVID numbers. Call ahead to see if the next in-person classes are available. 425-339-5250.
*November and December In-person CLASSES ARE CANCELLED.*
We offer two food worker card classes each month in our Auditorium at 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett. Classes last about 90 minutes and are offered in English or Spanish. Cost is $10 and must be paid by cash or debit card. You do not need to register ahead of time. If you are renewing a current food worker card, bring your old card (or a copy) with you to receive a 3-year card. If you have lost your card, you can order a reprint for $10. Reprints can be ordered in our office or over the phone at 425.339.5250.
• 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in English
• 11 a.m. el primer martes de cada mes en Espanol (This class is in Spanish only)
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure time for parking and signing in. There is no admittance after the class starts. Please leave young children at home.
The class is located at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA 98201. Masks must be worn in the Snohomish Health District building, regardless of vaccination status. You must check in at the screening table and maintain physical distance from others in the building. For COVID vaccine information, go to our COVID Vaccine Info page.
Notice: There have been Hepatitis A outbreaks throughout the U.S., including in Washington. For more information, go to our Hepatitis page.
5-year food worker card
Certified Food Protection Manager
Five things to note about the new requirement:
- The CFPM does not need to be on-site, although a copy of the certificate does. This means that not all managers need to be certified. You could have one person designated as the CFPM for the food service establishment or even several establishments.
- An establishment will have 60 days to replace a CFPM if their previous CFPM leaves.
- The CFPM will be responsible for implementing a food protection program which helps each Person in Charge (PIC) and any other employees follow the food code.
- The CFPM will be responsible for training each PIC so that they understand food safety concepts and are able to demonstrate knowledge and maintain Active Managerial Control (AMC).
- A CFPM is not required to take a class, although it is encouraged. They are just required to pass one of the ANSI approved food manager tests.
Prepare for the class by reviewing the Food and Beverage Workers Manual in advance. Booklets and tests are available in Cambodian, Chinese, English, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have any other questions about the food worker card or the classes, see these FAQs or contact the Snohomish Health District Food Safety Program at 425-339-5250.