New York Food Safety

New York Food Safety Regulations

new york state flagState & County specific requirements exist. However, at least one Food Manager on staff  is required at the state level.


Food Manager Certification

Required at the state level. Requirements vary by county.


Food Handler Certification

Strongly suggested. Not mandatory.



Check with your certified local training courses.


Certification Renewal

Food Manager – 5 years with exam, 2 years without exam; Food Handler – 5 years


Approved Courses

Prometric, ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), and 360 Training


Approved Options

Classroom, Online, or Pearson Testing Centers. Please check your local health department for the most up to date information.


Special Notes and Exceptions

Food Manager must complete a Food Safety Course of a minimum of 8 hours that has been approved by the Department of Agriculture.


New York City Requirements

  • NYC government offers two options for food safety training required of supervisors.
    • Classroom training for 15 hours over 1 week for $114
    • Online training for 15 hours for $24.60
    • Both options require a passing grade of 70% or above on an in-class exam in order to obtain certification.
  • A link to the online food protection course can be found here.
  • Once you have passed the exam, the Food Protection Certification will be mailed to you between 2-6 weeks.

More information can be found on Food Handler’s License in NYC page.


Additional Resources

For additional information, visit New York Department of Health resources:

Food Handler’s Study Guide

Division of Food Safety & Inspection

Department of Health

New York Codes

Regulations & Permit Requirements