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Food Service Worker Training

******** Maricopa County is no longer issuing Food Service Worker cards. ********

The person in charge at the food establishment is responsible for ensuring food employees are properly trained.

Maricopa County requires all food employees to receive food safety training. As proof of training Maricopa County accepts:

  1. A valid card or certificate issued by an ANSI-accredited food handler training program.
  2. A valid food handler card or certificate issued by another county within Arizona.
  3. A valid food employee certificate issued to a non-profit fee waived organization or fee waived culinary arts school, for which the Maricopa County Board of Health approved the fee waiver.
  4. A valid Limited Use Food Employee Certificate for persons with a disability

ANSI-accredited programs are available at

Note: Recommend asking the person in charge of the foodservice business which training(s) they accept.

ANSI-accredited online food employee training courses generally provide an option to print the certificate upon successful course completion. It is the employee’s responsibility to provide a printed certificate to the employer as proof of training.

All Food Employee Training Certificates/existing cards expire three (3) years from the issue date.

SPANISH: Cambios al Programa de Trabajador de Servicio de Alimentos