Hancock County Food Safety Manager Training Information for 2023-2024

Ohio Department of Health Manager Certification in Food Protection 2023-24

According to the 2019 Food Code, Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Administrative Code, all Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments that are risk level 3 or 4 must have at least one employee that has supervisory or management responsibility certified as a Manager (Level 2) in Food Protection. To obtain this Manager Certification in Food Protection in the state of Ohio, individual applicants must:

  1. Successfully complete an in-person course approved by the Director of Health and pass the approved manager certification examination offered by a certified provider or

Successfully complete an online manager certification course approved by the Director of Health and pass the accompanying certification examination proctored by a certified provider approved by the Director of Health


  1. Submit an application for Ohio Manager Certification in Food Protection   (https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/9b650f85-c134-468f-bece-2311d8bf19df/mgrcertificationapp.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE.Z18_K9I401S01H7F40QBNJU3SO1F56-9b650f85-c134-468f-bece-2311d8bf19df-) along with proof of course completion and copy of exam certificate received.


Hancock County Area Trainings for Manager Certification in Food Protection Approved by Ohio Department of Health:

Online, self-paced:

TAP. OSU Extension has partnered with TAP (Training Achievement Program) Series to offer an online version of Level 2 Manager Food Safety training which meets all ODH requirements. You can complete the online course at your own speed and at a time that works for you. Once training is completed, you will take an Ohio Department of Health approved proctored certification exam at a local test center.  Area test centers include Owens Community College (Owens Findlay and Toledo testing center hours and locations:  https://www.owens.edu/testing/) and OSU Lima/Rhodes State Testing Center (https://www.rhodesstate.edu/testing-center-and-accommodative-services/index.html) located in  Technical Education Laboratory Building room 132 on the Rhodes State/OSU Lima campus). This on-line course is available in a variety of languages.

Cost: $120/person which includes the cost of the test ($73 for training and $47 for exam/test center).

Enroll:  Sign up for the online TAP course and examination through OSU Extension: www.tapseries.io/4u/osue


Classroom, in-person training:

ServSafe. In person training for Manager Certification in Food Protection (formerly Level 2) is offered by Hancock Public Health.  Classes are conducted at the health department located at 2225 Keith Parkway, Findlay.  There are 4 classes currently scheduled for 2023.

Cost: $175 per person which includes classroom training, book, and exam taken on-sight.  Questions about scheduling, call:  419-424-7870.

ServSafe training certificates are renewed every 5 years via testing to ensure managers maintain current knowledge in food safety. 

The training schedule and registration form can be found on the Health Department website: https://www.co.hancock.oh.us/government-services/board-of-health/environmental-health/food-safety/environmental-division

A complete list of area approved providers of food safety/protection courses is available at the Ohio Department of Health website: http://www.healthspace.com/Clients/Ohio/Ohio_Website_Live.nsf/FoodCertifications.xsp

NOTE:  Ohio Department of Health Individual Manager Certifications in Food Protection DOES NOT CURRENTLY expire, however, to be in compliance with the Ohio Food Code, supervisory staff in licensed food service operations and retail food establishments MUST demonstrate current knowledge of Ohio Food Code compliance, including topics of food safety and sanitation.  This is done by answering questions appropriately during an onsite health inspection and may be supported by maintaining proof of current food safety training and exam status by an approved training provider, such as those listed above.  Training certificates, such as those received after completion of a ServSafe or TAP course, expire after 5 years, and it is suggested that certified Managers take an updated course and/or retest on a regular basis, to ensure currency of food safety knowledge and facility practices.