Training for Ohio Department of Health Level 2 Certification in Food Protection
As of March 1, 2017 The Ohio Department of Health requires each risk level III and risk level IV food service operation and retail food establishment to have one employee, who has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service, to have Level Two Certification in Food Protection. For more information: Ohio Department of Health's Food Safety Ohio Certification webpage; Link to Ohio Restaurant Association's online ServSafe Training site
Need to submit items to Ohio Department of Health to get your Level II certificate?? Here's a link to the Ohio Department of Health's Application for Reciprocity for Certification in Food Protection
OSU Extension Hancock offers online training and proctoring of ServSafe® Exam.
OSU Extension is partnering with TAP (Training Achievement Program) Series to offer online Level 2 Food Safety Training which meets all Ohio Department of Health requirements.
You can schedule your exam date and then complete the online course at your own speed (generally 3-4 weeks).
Call Peg Meents about scheduling a date for administration of ServSafe exam - $50 for test/retest ($25 rescheduling fee if needed) This scheduling needs to be done at least a couple of weeks in advance so it is a good idea to arrange an exam date even before beginning your training.
TAP training is available in either English or Spanish. The EXAM is available in various languages so contact us for more information on those options. For details, contact Peg Meents (419-422-3851).
New option to 'self-enroll' in online training AND self-schedule exam via a testing center available . . .
Link to self-enroll in Training Achievement Program 'TAP Series' online training for Ohio Level 2 Food Safety Manager Certification Training Course (at $73 fee - with one exam total fee will be $120);
Examinees then have the option of two different certification exam services via - The self-enroll link above will provide information & links to schedule examination via test center.
- Prometric at $48 - Certified Professional Food Manager Exam & closest testing center to Findlay appears to be Maumee
- Pearson Vue at $47 - International Certified Food Safety Manager Examination - appears to have closer testing center option of Ohio Northern or possibly even Owens Community College
Peg Meents is a certified proctor for the National Restaurant Association.
Other Training/Examination Options . . .
- Hancock County Public Health is approved by the Ohio Department of Health to be a provider of Level 2 Certification Training. Fee is $175 per person and includes ServSafe® study materials and exam; All classes are 8 am - 5:30 pm at the Hancock County Motor Vehicle Center, 8210 CR 140 Findlay OH - Upcoming 2018 classes are: January 23 & 25, March 20 & 22, June 19 & 21, and October 9 & 11. Heidi Philips is the Certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor. Their website also provides a link to a reciprocity form which may be needed if submitting directly to the Ohio Department of Health for Level 2 Certification. Link to Hancock Public Health site
- OSU Extension Wood County offers numerous level I and level II classes throughout the year. Register early as these classes fill up; contact Susan Zies
- In addition, Jennifer Hartman is a local Proctor for the exam and training, and has met clients at OSU Extension Hancock on an as needed basis.
Need other dates? If you are willing to drive to other locations, here's a link to Ohio State University Extension ServSafe Schedule.
Occasional Quantity Cook Volunteer Training
Home Food Preservation
Testing of Dial Pressure Gauges is available at OSU Extension Hancock County
We test dial pressure gauges any time. Just drop off the lid at OSU Extension Hancock, 7868 CR 140 Suite B, Findlay OH. Peg Meents will test the gauge if she is available, otherwise we'll call you when the testing is completed. (Please note, her general schedule is Monday - Thursday each week.)
Preserving Food Using a Pressure Canner Video
Link to OSU Extension's Home Food Preservation page This page contains other great 'how-to' videos on water bath canning of tomatoes, salsa, or sweet pickles; and freezing green beans; The page also contains a schedule for food preservation classes throughout the state. Hands-on make and take food preservation classes were held in July 2015. Check out the photos from these exciting classes!
So Easy to Preserve 6th Edition available at OSU Extension Hancock County
This 2014 update deals with canning, pickling, sweet spreads & syrups, freezing, and drying. It is packed with the latest research-based recommendations as well as inspirational ideas! We would remind home canners that recommendations for home food preservation HAVE changed based upon continued research. If you are new to home food preservation, we highly recommend this book as a primary reference.
More questions about home food preservation? Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation's website
Another current resource for home canners is the 2015 USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. This book discusses canning equipment, ingredients, and procedures as well as how to use them to achieve safe, high-quality, canned products. It includes hundreds of canning recipes for fruits, tomatoes, vegetables, red meats, poultry, seafood, pickles, and relishes.