Pennsylvania Food Safety

Pennsylvania Food Safety Regulations

pennsylvania state flagOne food manager on staff is required.


Food Manager Certification

Required. New businesses have 90 days to comply with food manager requirement. Certificate of completion needs to be displayed for public view


Food Handler Certification

Strongly suggested. Not mandatory.



Check with your local health department to identify certified courses and their pricing.


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.


Special Notes and Exceptions

Existing businesses have 3 months from loss of compliance to obtain new certification.


Additional Resources

For additional information, visit Pennsylvania Department of Health resources:

Department of Agriculture

Food Code

Food Handler’s Study Guide