Texas Food Handler Card: The Course, Assessment, and Certification

Texas Food Handler Card: The Course, Assessment, and Certification
Making sure all of your staff follows the necessary safety certification requirements can help your restaurant continue to run smoothly.
by Square Aug 17, 2022 — 2 min read
Texas Food Handler Card: The Course, Assessment, and Certification

This article is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal or tax advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

People working in food service in the state of Texas require food safety certification. However, the regulations for this are relatively new, having been amended as recently as 2017.

Given that recency, it’s worth having an understanding of some of the steps involved in the process. Making sure all of your staff follows the necessary requirements can help your restaurant continue to run smoothly.

Texas Food Handler Card Law Requirements

In Texas, the main law regulating food safety training is Rule 229.178. Some of the main points in this law are:

Timing and Validity

When it comes to preparing your staff for their training course, there are a couple of timeframes they should consider:

Once employees receive their certification, it should be valid throughout the entire state of Texas, regardless of what county it was issued in.

More: A full checklist of everything you need to start a restaurant 

Who Needs a Card?

The term “food handler” generally covers people who work with:

However, there are some exceptions where employees may not need a food handler card. These include:

Acceptable Courses

Senate Bill 1089 includes the following as acceptable courses:

If you have further interest in how a course becomes accredited by the state of Texas, many of the requirements are covered in Chapter 438 of the Health and Safety Code and the DSHS licensing FAQ page. It can be helpful to check with local experts as you navigate this process.

About the Course

Once your employee has decided on a course, it may help them to know what to expect. While individual courses may differ slightly, here is generally what to expect.

Reviews

To be accredited in the state of Texas, food handler training include a review of:

Length of the Course

The exact length of the training course will vary depending on what course your employee chooses. However, courses generally should not be longer than two hours.

Exam Requirements

At the end of the training course, expect your employee to take an exam before they can receive their certification. The requirements for passing this exam will be determined by the specific course, but most require 70% – 75% correct answers to pass. Most courses will also allow a student to retake their exam if they do not meet this threshold on their first attempt.

Cost of the Course

Texas law does not set a standard cost so this will also be left up to the individual program. That said, most courses will be priced between $5 and $15.

Square
The Bottom Line is brought to you by a global team of collaborators who believe that anyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.

Related

Keep Reading

Tell us a little more about yourself to gain access to the resource.

i Enter your first name.
i Enter your last name.
i Enter a valid email.
i Enter a valid phone number.
i Enter your company name.
i Select estimated annual revenue.
✓

Thank you!
Check your email for your resource.

x
Results for

Based on your region, we recommend viewing our website in:

Continue to ->