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Food Worker Classes, Cards & Manual

Who Needs a Food Worker Card?

Washington State Food Worker Cards are required of any person serving and/or selling food to the public.

What is required to receive a Food Worker Card?

You must complete the Washington State Food Worker Course and pass an exam to receive a valid Card, even when you are renewing your old one. Food workers may complete the course online or in a class offered by Jefferson County Public Health. If cards are renewed 14 days prior to the expiration date, an extra year is granted!

Follow the link below to learn more about taking the course either online or at one of our local instructor led classes.

Course Options - Local Instructor Led Class, or Online Class    
Please note:  A mandatory signature is required for card validation - be sure to sign your card!

Is there a fee?

Yes, the fee is $10.00, payable by check or exact change.

Should I study before taking the course?

Yes, read the Food & Beverage Workers' Manual.

How long is my card good for?

New cards are good for 2 years. Renewal cards are good for 3 years if you take a class within 14 days of your current card’s expiration date - renew after the 14-day grace period and your card is valid for 2 years.

What happens if I lose my card before it expires?

You can stop by the Jefferson County Health Department and get a duplicate for $10. 


Additional training options through other sources:

The National Restaurant Association Website has information for additional Food Safety Training through ServSafe.
Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is another web link for the Servsafe Food Protection Manager Certification.


View storyboard poster courtesy of FDA -
Protect People Everywhere: Wash Your Hands, Use Gloves or Utensils, and Never Work When You Are Sick


Follow these links to learn more about Washington State Regulations

WAC 246-217, for Washington State Food Worker Card Regulations
Food Worker Manual, "Food Safety if Everybody's Business"



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