Prince George's Health Department Food Handler Cards

Requirements Summary:

Jurisdiction Maryland- Prince George’s County

Servsafe approval Yes (Online Course, online exam with a registered proctor)

Certification Fee $35

Instructor Requirements Must be approved by Interjurisdictional Food Handler Program Committee

Code requirement Each foodservice facility must employ a certified manager and/or employee on the premises at all hours of operation. After certification examination is completed a local certification must be obtained from the health department.

Hours of Instruction 16 hours course and successful completion of CFP exam

Certification Renewal Every 3 years

Miscellaneous Please call (301) 580-4798 for information about certification training and exams.

Requirements Details:

Any operator of a restaurant or Class III mobile unit must have a Prince George’s County Certified Food Handler on duty at all times.

Individuals getting their certificate for the first time are required to:

  • Complete a 16-hour course (including testing) from one of the approved instructors.
  • Take and pass an examination that has been approved by the Conference for Food Protection.

Individuals getting their certificate renewed are required to:

  • Complete a 6-hour course from one of the approved instructors, and bring a letter from the instructor stating that they have completed the class.

How do I become a Certified Food Service Manager in Prince George’s County Maryland?

Bring all of the following to The Division of Environmental Health weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.:

  • Your course certificate, showing a passing grade
  • A government-issued (United States or State) identification card
  • The required $35.00 fee, and
  • A completed application.

Your picture will be taken in our office. After your application is reviewed, your certification card will be issued.

For More Information on the Food Handlers Certification Program contact:

Food Handlers (FHT) Training
Office: (301) 580-4798
Toll Free:  1-877-216-3869

Prince George’s County Health Department Location and Directions

The Division of Environmental Health
Prince George’s County Health Department
Largo Government Center
9201 Basil Court, Suite 318
Largo MD 20774
Office: 301-883-7605

Directions from the Capital Beltway:

  • Take Beltway Exit 17A.
  • At the first traffic light, turn right onto McCormick Drive.
  • Go to the second building (Largo Government Center) on the right.
  • The office is on the third floor.

Alcohol Certification (TIPs)

The State of Maryland requires that all liquor licensees, or a designated employee, successfully complete an approved alcohol awareness training program every four (4) years. However, policies differ from county to county as to whether or not the certified individual needs to be on the premises during the hours in which alcohol is sold. For more information, call (301) 580-4798.

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Questions? Call Our Hotline:
4 Steps to Being Certified Food Handler
Call Our Hotline to Schedule A Class
Complete Our Application
Take and Pass Class and Exam
Visit Health Department to Obtain ID

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