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Chef photoCFPM Recertification Exam
Certified Food Protection Manager renewal process now the same as initial certification

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the process for renewing your Food Protection Manager certification (CFPM) will be exactly the same as the process for initial certification.

Governor Scott Walker has just signed a new law that implements the same exam for CFPM renewal that was required for initial certification. While many certified restaurant personnel will still choose to take the ServSafe® review course to sharpen their food safety knowledge prior to taking the exam, a training course will no longer be required. Food Protection Managers may choose to study the latest ServSafe® Manager book on their own, or take an online course to prepare for the exam.

Renewal of a CFPM certification is required every five years, and every licensed foodservice establishment is required to have at least one certified employee on staff. This law has been in effect since 1995. (In Milwaukee, larger establishments still must have a CFPM on duty when six or more food handlers are working.)

Because the science of foodborne pathogens and food safety best practices changes rapidly, so does the FDA Food Code and the Wisconsin Food Code, which restaurants are required to follow. WRA has supported the certification process because it helps to protect customers, restaurant operators and the foodservice industry from dangerous and costly outbreaks of foodborne illness.

You do have the option of recertifying early without taking the exam. Department of Health Services (DHS) administrative rule allows people to recertify up to six months before their state issued certificate expires. So, in December, people who have certificates that expire in June 2015, can take a recertification course without exam and submit the paperwork to the state. The paperwork would need to be in DHS office by December 31, 2014. People who are up in May 2015 can take the course in November, and so forth.

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