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ServSafe® Certification

ServSafe®is a National Restaurant Association Education Foundation food safety certification program. This training is recognized by the State of Michigan and will help your establishment meet ANSI-CFP certification requirements. This course provides information for all levels of employees on all aspects of food handling, from receiving and storing, to preparing and serving; information you and your employees need to be part of a successful food service team. To maintain your certification, you must retake and pass the exam every 5 years.


To learn more about ServSafe®, visit the official website at www.servsafe.com.


Getting your ServSafe® Certification

Public Health – Muskegon County offers ServSafe® certification bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.


General ServSafe® Agenda:

Day 1 – Class instruction (8:30am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch)

Day 2 – Material review (8:30am to 11am)

 Exam (11am to 1pm)


Public Health – Muskegon County always recommends that individuals study from the textbook and attend the class. The Food Code changes frequently and this is one method to assure that you have the most current information before taking the exam.


Cost Per Person


Cost for classroom instruction including textbook and exam - $180.00

Depending on your experience in food service, your level of knowledge, and recertification history, you may choose to take the exam without class time instruction. Taking the exam without classroom instruction is not recommended for inexperienced food service staff.

Cost for exam proctoring only - $45.00 (all students, whether participating in class time instruction or not, take the exam on Day 2 from 11am to 1pm)

Purchasing a textbook

Public Health – Muskegon County does not require purchase of a textbook to take the exam. If you can borrow someone else’s textbook, you are more than welcome to do so. The current textbook is the 6th Edition. DO NOT use an earlier version of the textbook for study purposes. The Food Code has changed. Earlier versions of the book are not up to date.


Cost for 6th Edition textbook - $80.00

Cost for classroom instruction and exam without purchasing textbook - $100.00


Upcoming Class Information


Date & Time:  
Day 1 Class Instruction Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Day 2 Class Instruction Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Exam Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration: Registration Form
Language: The ServSafe®class, textbook, and exam are in English. Other options may be available. Please call (231) 724-6350 or email us for more information.
Class Location:

Muskegon Governmental Complex - South Campus

Training Center Building

133 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442


Food Manager Certification


Food Code Law: Food Establishments shall have at least one manager who has been certified though an ANSI-CFP certification. A knowledgeable person in charge must be on the premises during all operating hours. The person in charge may demonstrate knowledge by passing a test that is ANSI-CFP accredited. The MI Dept of Agriculture may require individuals to complete food safety training when there are repeated failures to correct a critical violation.

This law applies to:

  • Food Service Establishments – except mobile units, temporary events, special transitory food units, and vending machine locations;
  • Grocery stores with a deli and seating; and
  • Food service establishments that operate within a retail grocery.


For full details on the legal requirements, visit the following links:

Regulation No. 570 - Manager Certification (MDA)

Michigan Food Law section 289.2129

Manager Certification Myths and Facts

Manager Certification Rules to Take Effect (MDA Memo)

Manager Certification Rules Now Effective (MDA Memo)


For more information about food manager certification, including a list of other training choices, visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture website.