North Carolina Food Safety

North Carolina Food Safety Regulations

north carolina state flagPerson in Charge must be a Certified Food Manager and present during food service hours.


Food Manager Certification



Food Handler Certification

Strongly suggested. Not mandatory.



Check with your local department of health.


Certification Renewal

Food Manager – 5 years; 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.



Additional Resources

For additional information, visit North Carolina Department of Health resources:

Food Handler’s Study Guide

Health and Human Services

Food & Drug Protection Division

Food Code Manual