A Plus Food Training offers Allergen Awareness, Food Handler, Food Manager, and BASSET (Alcohol) training courses.

Our training programs can be taken by any individual who is seeking to learn about food safety. The individual should possess basic literacy skills (read, write, comprehension) in English at the 8th grade level.

 

Food Handler Training Course

The State of Illinois passed into law the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act. Beginning July 1, 2014, all food handlers working in a restaurant must have an ANSI Accredited Food Handler certificate within 30 days from the date of hire. All food service workers in non-restaurants, such as grocery stores, schools, hospitals, must be certified by July 1, 2016. An individual who possesses a Food Manager Certificate does NOT need to obtain a Food Handler certificate.

A food handler is defined by law as a food employee who works with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. This includes servers, chefs, cooks, bussers, bartenders, dishwashers, and hosts/hostesses who handle food, utensils, or food-contact surfaces.

The Food Handler Training Course is a 2 hour course developed by A Plus Food Training L.L.C. This training course is ANSI accredited and is an approved course that meets the state requirements of the the Department of Public Health. The course  content follows the FDA Food Code (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to ensure the important topics on food safety is covered.

A Food Handler Certificate will be issued if the student scores 75% or higher on the final assessment. The final assessment contains 40 multiple choice and true/false questions.  The certificate is valid for three years.

The topics of this course include: Foodborne Illnesses and Hazards, Personal Hygiene and Food Safety, Time and Temperature Control, Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment and Surfaces, Thermometers, Cross Contamination, Storing Food and Non-Food Items, Food Allergens, Pests, and Dishwashing.

Students may refer to their certificate as a “Food Handler Certificate” granted by A Plus Food Training L.L.C.  This certificate indicates that the student met the food training requirements set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (410 ILCS 625/) Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.

All students must take the training course before the assessment is taken.  The training course cannot be waived under any circumstance.

The online course is $15. The instructor led course is $40.

 

Food Manager (Sanitation) Course

Effective 7/1/14, all managers must complete an 8 hour course and an exam every 5 years. Recertification courses are no longer accepted. Students will be issued a ServSafe® Manager certificate if the student scores 75% or higher on the exam. The certificate is valid for five years. The topics of this course include: Importance of Food Safety, Good Personal Hygiene, Time and Temperature Control, Preventing Cross Contamination, Cleaning and Sanitizing, Safe Food Preparation, Receiving and Storing Food, Methods of Thawing, Cooking, Cooling and Reheating Food, HACCP, and Food Safety Regulations.  The cost of the class is $190.

 

BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) Class

This is a 4 hour course that provides the fundamentals of responsible alcohol service.  Effective 7/1/15, all on-premise alcohol servers and bouncers in Cook County are required to receive BASSET certification.  Students will be issued a ServSafe ® Alcohol certificate and a BASSET card if the student scores 75% or higher on the exam. The certificate is valid for three years. The topics of this course include: alcohol laws and responsibilities, recognizing and preventing intoxication, checking identification, and dealing with difficult situations. The cost of the class is $50.

 

Allergen Awareness Training Class

This is a 1 hour course that provides information about the importance of allergen awareness. Students will learn about the safety measures for preparing food and serving customers with food allergies. Students will learn about the following topics: major allergens, allergic reactions, communicating with guests, preventing cross-contact, proper cleaning methods, communicating with guests, proper food preparation, and food labels.

This training course is ANSI accredited and is an approved course that meets the state requirements of the Department of Public Health.

The online course is $15. The instructor led course is $40.

 

Group Discounts

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more individuals from the same organization.

 

Training Options

  • Attend one of our workshops
  • We can conduct a separate training at your establishment or at our location for groups of 5 or more individuals
  • Instructor led and online training courses

Please call (708) 349-4916 to arrange a training session for your employees.

 

Classes are available in English and Spanish