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:
  • Step 1: Complete the online food handler course on any device in English or Spanish - only 75 minutes!
  • Step 2: Take the food handlers test online. 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.
If you work in Riverside, San Bernadino, or San Diego County, there are separate requirements to earn your California Food Handlers Card. Click here to purchase San Diego Food Handlers Card.

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Our course is officially approved by the State of California.
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Food Handler Cards must be issued by an ANSI National Accreditation Board-Accredited provider.

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Do I have to take the course all at once, or can I study at my own pace?

Either. Our course allows for the user to stop and come back at their leisure and take an interactive, multi-media course. 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 twice without any additional charges.

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.

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