Some food certifications individuals can earn online include the food safety certification from Alison; the food handler, food safety manager and food protection manager certifications from Learn2Serve; and the food handler certification from ServSafe. Individuals usually complete online modules and assessments to earn the certification, and a final exam may be required. Acceptance of these certifications varies by employer and location.
Alison's online certification is for food handlers and covers topics like personal hygiene, food allergens, safe preparation and incident management. ServSafe's certification requires completing a 60- to 90-minute online course in food safety and workspace sanitation and then taking a non-proctored online exam. Learn2Serve's options are state specific and require passing a final exam after completing coursework; individuals get their certification documents by mail.