How to get your California Food Handlers Card
California requires Food Handlers to earn a CA Food Handlers Card within 30 days from the date of hire
(also referred to as a Food Handlers Certificate or Food Handlers Permit or License).
To earn your Food Handlers Card, follow these steps for the Online Training:
If you work in
County, there are separate requirements to
earn your California Food Handlers Card.
Click here to purchase San Diego Food Handlers Card.
Step 1: Complete the online food handler course on any device in English or Spanish - only 60 minutes!
Step 2: Take the food handlers test online, only 70% to Pass. Retake the test for free if you don’t pass.
Step 3: Print, download, or mail order your card immediately after completing the program. This card is valid for 3 years.
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is officially approved by the State of California.
Accreditation ID 1035
Food Handler Cards must be issued by an
eFoodHandlersⓇ has been ANSI-Accredited since 2012.
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Do I have to take the course all at once, or can I study at my own pace?
Either. eFoodhandlers has two courses: an interactive, multi-media course and a text-based course that allow you to read through materials at your own pace. You can take breaks at the end of a chapter.
How long does the course take?
Generally around an hour to hour and a half depending on the course and your comfort with the materials.
How many times can I take the exam?
You can take the exam as many time as required. However, after 2 failed attempts, you must retake the course. There is not an extra charge for retaking the course.
How long is my Food Handlers Card valid?
It is valid for 3 years. At the end of that period, you will need to retake the course and pass the exam. eFoodhandlers makes that process simple and straightforward.
Is Free Food Handlers training available to those in need?
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