Learn how you can become a licensed business that trains food handlers in Texas.
Texas requires that many food service employees complete an accredited food handler training course within 60 days of getting a job. These courses train employees on food safety including good hygiene practices, how to avoid cross contamination, and more.
To ensure people are taught the proper skills, we license the online, private, and classroom food handler training programs throughout the state.
To apply for a license to be a training program, businesses must submit a course curriculum, a sample food handler certificate, and pay the appropriate fee.
When finished, graduates receive a food handler card or certificate with the program name, address, and either a DSHS Accreditation License Number or ANSI.
Senate Bill (SB) 1089
Established that food service workers trained in a course accredited by the American National Standards Institute or DSHS is considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting requirements and has reciprocity throughout Texas.
Also, a food service worker trained in a course for the employees of a single entity has met local health jurisdiction training, testing, and permitting requirements only for that entity. This course does not have reciprocity throughout Texas and is only accepted for that entity.
DSHS Public Sanitation and Retail Food Safety Group will continue to require all food handler certifications from an accredited program for those entities located in DSHS jurisdiction.
The Bill was signed in by the Governor and took effect June 12, 2017.
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onsumer Protection Division Public Sanitation and Retail Food Safety Unit MC 1987 Texas Department of State Health Services
Austin, TX 78714-9347