Alaska Food Safety Regulations
At least one Food Manager must be onsite. All Food Handlers required to have Food Handler Card.
Food Manager Certification
Food Managers are called Certified Food Protection Managers and must pass one of the three approved exams.
Food Handler Certification
All food handlers must obtain food handler certifications before working at food establishments. Anchorage does not require a Certified Food Safety Manager if you are not considered Type 2 and Type 3 risk.
Cost of training and exams range between $75-$299.
Food Manager – 3 years; Food Handler- 3 years for Anchorage. The State of Alaska does not have a renewal requirement.
Courses are available in person and online through the Health Department and can be found here. Training courses vary in duration between 4-12 hours. Tests are typically no longer than 2 hours. Food Worker Card training and exam are available only through the Division of Environmental health.
Classroom or online. Please check your local health department for the most up to date information.
Special Notes and Exceptions
Anchorage requires Food Handler training within 30 days of hire. Alaska State administered training only.
For additional information, visit Alaska Department of Health resources: