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ServSafe Course and Exam

Michigan Fitness Foundation requires all SNAP-Ed Partners implementing food tastings or cooking demonstrations be supervised by a designated staff member who has obtained the ServSafe® Food Manager Certification. The ServSafe® certified staff must ensure those who are conducting food tastings or cooking demonstrations are implementing activities in a way that meets all food safety standards.

ServSafe® is the National Restaurant Association’s certification for handling and serving food safely. The ServSafe® Manager Training and Course Book will help you understand the food safety risks you may encounter when working with food during cooking lessons and food tastings. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and ability you need to manage food distribution to meet the highest safety standards. The training includes a refresher on the key ServSafe® components and the opportunity to review before the ServSafe® certification examination is administered. Self-study before the training is strongly recommended.

Training Options


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the training begins at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the certification exam begins at 4:00 p.m. You will have two hours to complete the exam. Most participants complete the exam well within the two hours. Certification examination results are not given at the training. You will receive instructions at the training on how to obtain your results.

The ServSafe course book will be shipped before the training and you should study the course materials prior to the training. For this reason, you must register for the training at least one week in advance.

March 25 Training Rescheduled – Given the unprecedented circumstances related to COVID-19 and the State of Michigan government recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the virus, the Michigan Fitness Foundation has decided to reschedule the 2020 Choices Training Conference for mid-July 2020. Therefore, we are also rescheduling the ServSafe training planned for March 25th at Choices. As soon as details around the rescheduled training and exam are solidified we will post them here.


If you would like to self-study the ServSafe course book and then take a proctored certification exam, please contact Kendra Keyes at kkeyes@michiganfitness.org or (517) 908-3858. She will discuss the process and help determine whether it is likely to work for you. She will also discuss the current self-study exam schedule with you and determine if additional exams need to be added. In addition to the 7th Edition Updated ServSafe course book and supplemental handouts, self-study participants will receive quizzes and a practice test. Online registration is not available for the self-study option. Please contact Kendra Keyes (information above) to register.

We recommend that you contact Kendra Keyes at least two weeks prior to the self-study exam date to allow ample time to prepare for the exam. A minimum of one week is required.

Michigan Fitness Foundation SNAP-Ed trainings welcome participants from MFF Partners, projects, and others who work in SNAP-Ed. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in training (in-person, online, etc.), please contact us at (517) 347-7891 or training@michiganfitness.org.