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Certified Food Manager Card

Maricopa County Environmental Services Dept. (MCESD) requires all food establishments handling open foods where time/temperature control for food safety is required to have at least one licensed Certified Food Protection Manager who has undergone more extensive food service training. New establishments must meet the requirement within 90 days of opening.

Process to obtain the Certified Food Protection Manager Card:

Step 1: You must pass an approved Certified Food Protection Manager exam by a testing agency that is recognized by the MCESD. Maricopa County does not provide this testing or instruction for the Certified Food Protection Manager Licensure. The following is a list of agencies that are approved by MCESD:

Step 2: Once you have passed one of the recognized tests, you must bring all of the following to a listed regional office for the issuance of a card.

  • Official certificate of completion from the agency
  • $5.00 fee for card (optional $3.00 for each duplicate card)
  • Proof of Legal Status

The Certified Food Protection Manager Card is valid for a period of five years as of the time testing was completed. Re-testing is required after the card has expired. Each food establishment shall maintain on its premises a separate file containing the certified food protection manager card(s) for each food service manager. This file shall be accessible to the Environmental Health Officer for review upon request.

If you have any further question please contact the MCESD Administration Services Office at (602)506-6824.