How can you renew your Servsafe certification?


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Renew a ServSave certification by retaking the qualification exam. The exam must be taken under a proctor. To locate sites for the online exam, the ServSafe site has a listing available for each state. Local health departments or colleges may also be able to provide exam locations and schedules.

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A Seat Registration Number is needed to take the online exam. Purchase numbers by logging on to the ServSafe site. Certification exams are also available in a paper format. To take the paper version, an exam answer sheet must be purchased. Purchases are not refundable.

Exams can be retaken a total of two times due to failure. The first attempt to retake the exam can be done within 30 days of taking the first exam. For a second attempt, there is a wait of 60 days from the second try. Retakes are available from the facility where the initial certification exam was taken. After passing, the certification period lasts for five years, unless local requirements or the exam taker's employer says otherwise. Local regulations can be either by county or by state. The renewal exam can be taken while the exam taker is still certified, to keep the certificate from expiring.

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