Fill out the online registration form at the website where you intend to take the food safety course. Submit the form, study the course materials and take the food safety course.
State health departments and private food safety training companies offer food safety courses. Each state has its own unique way of ushering applicants through the food safety training process, and not all states offer online options. Private companies, such as ServSafe, which is nationally recognized, have online food safety courses that cover general food safety and food handler's guidelines specific to each state and county.
At ServSafe.com, you register for a food safety course when you buy a food safety course package. You take the course at ServSafe.com, take an assessment and print your own certificate of completion. Similarly, the state of Washington and the city of New York each host online food safety courses that are free to take. Registration requires a name and an email address.
In New York City, you have to pay approximately $24 to take the food safety assessment after completing the food safety course online, and you must take the actual assessment at the city's Health Academy. In Washington, the online course and assessment are roughly $10, you take the assessment at home and print your own certificate.