ServSafe online certification is recognized by occupations that require employees to handle food and drinks, including waitstaff, bartenders, food preparers and restaurant management. In some states, including California, Nevada, Florida and Georgia, food service employees are required to have a ServSafe certification or complete ServSafe training before beginning a job in the industry. In other states, employers may require employees to demonstrate food safety procedure knowledge. ServSafe certification is earned either online or through in-person classes.
ServSafe training teaches employees in the food service industry basic safety practices, including how to correctly handle, prepare and store food, how to serve food without contaminating it and protecting customers and employees from food-borne illness. Training in food sanitation is also provided. Additional training in serving alcohol can be taken which provides students with information on how to properly prepare alcoholic drinks, serve and recognize warning symptoms of customers who may have overindulged.
Other training in food-related allergens is available from ServSafe. Allergen training helps staff to know what common food-based allergies are, how to recognize allergens that go by different names and how to prepare food to help customers avoid their allergen.
All ServSafe training is accredited by the National Restaurant Association.