ServSafe Food Manager

Developed by the National Restaurant Association, ServSafe® teaches food managers to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety.

The ServSafe curriculum blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts.


Recognition in Maryland

ServSafe meets all of the requirements mandated by the county and local health departments in the state of Maryland, including Baltimore City, Baltimore County, City of Annapolis, Howard County, Prince George's County and Montgomery County. In the mandated counties in Maryland the certification is valid for three years.

Class Content

The ServSafe program helps prepare you for the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam. ServSafe® Sixth Edition incorporates lectures, video and activities to help students stay engaged, retain information and apply the knowledge they’ve gained to their work.

Topics include:

 - Personal Hygiene
 - Cross Contamination
 - Time and Temperature
 - Receiving and Storage
 - Food Safety Management Systems
 - Training Hourly Employees 

Getting & Maintaining Certification

When you work in a county that mandates food safety training, the first time you take ServSafe it must include 16 hours of in-class instruction. When it is time to renew your certification you may take the 8 hour ServSafe Recertification class unless your certificate has expired.

ServSafe Exam

The exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and is administered at the end of the last day of class. The passing score is 75%. The National Restaurant Association handles the scoring of all ServSafe exams. Exam results are typically posted online 7-14 days after you have taken the exam. You can Check Your Exam Score on the ServSafe website.


If you are interested in having a private ServSafe class taught at your business, email You can also learn about our Train the Trainer Workshop if you are interested in becoming an instructor or developing a staff instructor for your organization.