Wisconsin Food Safety Regulations
Food establishments must have at least one certified person on staff.
Food Manager Certification
Required. New food establishments must have a certified food manager within 6 months of opening. Employee must be registered for an accredited exam within the first 90 days of operating.
Once you have passed an exam, you must:
- Submit certificate of passed exam
- Pay $10 with check or money order to Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
- Submit a complete State of Wisconsin Food Manager Certification application
Food Handler Certification
Strongly suggested. Not mandatory.
Please contact your local health department for specific training regulations.
Food Manager- 5 years: Food Handler- 5 years.
Food establishments with 5 or fewer food handlers can renew certification through a recertification course without taking an exam. To find more details, view Wisconsin’s Food Safety Requirement details.
Prometric, ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), and 360 Training
Classroom, Online, or Pearson Testing Centers. Please check your local health department for the most up to date information.
For additional information, visit Wisconsin Department of Health resources: