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About the Course

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Our online Texas Food Handler Certification course focuses on safe food preparation and handling techniques and is intended for anyone that works in food preparation, storage, or service. Upon completion of the course, you are immediately food handler certified and you can print or save your food handler certification.

The TDSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) requires that all employees are properly trained in food safety as it relates to their assigned duties.

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Course Features

Our online Texas Food Handler Safety course (English and Spanish) is a HTML5 based interactive course with full audio narration and engaging real-world scenarios for the best user experience and information retention.

Our course is about 1 hour long and is available in English and Spanish.

Our training course works on all computer devices including: smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. If needed, you can conveniently switch back and forth between your phone (or tablet) and your computer, while taking the course, and you will always be returned to your most recent progress. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer or mobile device and train any time, anywhere.

You have 6 months from enrollment to complete this course. You can log in and out of your training account and your place in the course will be saved.

After successfully completing this course (there is no final exam), you will be able to print your Texas Food Handler's Certification from your own printer.

Course Outline

Our Texas food handler certification course will teach you the importance of safe food handling as well as how to properly clean and sanitize your establishment.

Our food handler training consists of an introduction and six lessons of instruction. There is not a test at the end of the course. Below is a detailed course outline of topics covered in the course.


Unit 1 - Introduction to Food Handling Safety

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Importance of Proper Food Safety
  • Risk Factors of Foodborne Illness due to Food Preparation
  • Hazards Associated with Foodborne Illness
  • Key Definitions and Terms
  • Unit 1: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 2 - Personal Health and Hygiene

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Importance of Hygiene and Proper Handwashing
  • Techniques for Effective Handwashing
  • Proper Clothing and Attire
  • Symptoms and Steps to Take When Employees may be Ill
  • Unit 2: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 3 - Time and Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Foods

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Definition of TCS Foods
  • Temperature Danger Zones
  • Proper Food Receiving and Storage Techniques
  • Unit 3: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 4 - Food Preparation

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Proper Food Thawing and Safe Preparation Methods
  • Correct Cooking Temperatures and Times for Different Foods
  • Proper Food Holding Procedures
  • Proper Food Cooling Techniques
  • Correct Reheating Methods
  • Unit 4: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 5 - Cross Contamination

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Importance of Cross Contamination
  • Appropriate Controls to Prevent Cross Contamination
  • Symptoms of a Food Allergy Reaction and Steps to Take
  • Common Foods that Cause Allergic Reactions
  • Unit 5: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 6 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Proper Techniques for Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Where and When to Clean and Sanitize
  • Proper Use of a 3-Compartment Sink
  • Unit 6: Test Your Knowledge

Unit 7 - Pest Control

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Primary Pests that are a Source of Food Contamination
  • Indications of Pests and Actions to Take
  • How to Prevent Pests at your Establishment
  • Unit 7: Test Your Knowledge

Food Handler Certification

Your food handler certification is available to print or save immediately after you complete the course and it will be emailed to you. You can also log in to your account at anytime to print or download your certificate.

Your certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

NOTE: Some cities/counties require that you register this certificate of completion with them. There may be an additional fee for this registration. Please contact your local health department to see if this is a requirement in your area.

Renew Your Food Handler Certification

To renew your food handler certification, you must complete the Texas food handler certification course again. The entire course must be taken every two years to renew your certification.

TDSHS-Approved Training

Our online Texas Food Handler Safety provider number is license #66, (previously #22) and can be found as 'www.TrainingNow.com' on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.