A food handler's safety credential can be earned online, at a private testing center or a government office, states Education Portal. An applicant for this credential may be required to take courses in addition to completing an exam.
According to Education Portal, food service workers in certain states are required to complete an online or in-person food handling course before he can take the food handler's permit test. Once the course has been completed, the worker must go to the office of a government-run health department or at a private testing center to take the test. Food handler certification is accompanied by a small fee and needs to be retaken every 2 to 5 years.
ServSafe explains that the food handler's permit can also be obtained through online testing. The online course is available to those who need to study to get their food handler's during all hours of the day and, once food service workers have worked their way through the material, the test can be completed on the computer as well.
Knowledge of how to safely handle food reduces the risk of food-borne illness outbreaks, making these online and in-person opportunities to earn a food handler's permit an important part of food service safety requirements, states Education Portal.