Food Handlers Licensing

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. A separate application is required for each course curriculum.  

Visit §229.178 Accreditation of Food Handler Education or Training Programs for more information.  

FAQs for Food Handler Programs

Frequently asked questions about food handler programs include information on required course topics; processes for media conversions, language translations, and course revisions; and more.  


For additional questions, contact the Food Licensing Group via email or by phone at 512-834-6727. 

What Topics are Required in a Food Handler Program Course Curriculum?

The Food Handler Program Initial/Renewal Application contains a Cover Document (pages 6-11) which includes each of the major topic areas required for approved Food Handler Education or Training Programs. These topic areas are taken from the Texas Food Establishment Rules regarding food employee information and knowledge. 

Note: All program curriculums must meet the training requirement for bare hand contact of ready-to-eat foods.