How to Get a Texas Food Handler’s Card

Texas requires food handler training for all individuals working in Texas food service establishments – (i.e., restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile vendors, food trucks, bars, kiosks, convenience stores, and other food service employees).

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As of September 1, 2016 and as part of the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER), all food handler service individuals working in Texas facilities who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food must now successfully complete an accredited food handler training course. Employees have have 60 days from date of hire to get their certificate.

Examples of Texas food service employees required to obtain a Food Handler Certificate include: chefs, cooks, mobile food vendors, bartenders, host/hostesses that handle food, caterers, supervisors and food managers.

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The Food Handler’s Cards Training Program is easy to use and takes about 2 hours to complete. All content materials and exams are available in both English and Spanish.

Texas Food Handler Responsibilities
A food handler is a person who is employed to handle food. This includes the preparation, storage, production, distribution, packaging and service of food. These workers are legally employed in food establishments or facilities.

Food handlers are not limited to restaurant workers such as waiters, chefs, cooks and bartenders. Workers who handle food in non-restaurant facilities such as nursing homes, licensed day care homes, schools, long-term care facilities and retail food stores are also considered food handlers.

Texas Food Handler Card Details
A food handler’s card is a permit that proves that you have taken the mandatory training for food handlers. It makes you employable in food establishments in most states. Most food establishments require workers to have their food handler card ready within 30 days of hire.

Local health and environmental government agencies enforce strict safety codes for food and establishments. This is to abate and prevent the outbreak of food illness. The Food Handler Card is legitimate proof that you have what it takes to follow those safety codes. These cards are also necessary for records purposes as required of your employer by state enforcers.

Getting Food Handler Training
To get a food handler’s card, take the Learn2Serve Food Handler training course. After finishing the course, present your Food Handlers Certificate to your local authority and pay the necessary fee.

Food Handler Training for Employees
We offer a corporate discount to employers who enroll their workers to take the Food Handlers Training from us. Enroll a minimum of 20 employees in the training courses and get the discount.

Duration of Food Handler Card Processing
After completing the food handler training, it takes only a few days before getting the food handler’s card. You can get it within 30 days after your employment date. However, you may print your training certificate as soon as you complete your food handler training.

Food Handler’s Permit Validity Period
The food handler’s permit is valid only in the state where you practice. The length of validity varies per state. Food handler cards are generally valid for three to five years depending on your jurisdiction.