Who needs a Food Manager Certification in Illinois?

In the State of Illinois, the certification is called: the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification. All food facilities that prepare, handle, or serve unpackaged foods are required to have at least one Food Service Sanitation Manager or Person in Charge, either an owner or an employee, who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination. The certification is valid for five (5) years from the date of original issuance.

How do I get my Food Manager Certification?

You can obtain a ILLINOIS Food Manager Certification by choosing one of the options below:

  • Option 1: Purchase the certification package. This includes an online study course, unlimited practice tests, and also includes your exam and fees. To get started, click here!
  • Option 2: Purchase the test only. This includes unlimited practice tests and also includes your online exam with live proctor and test fees. To get started, click here!
  • Option 3: Purchase the Live Virtual Training + proctored exam. This option is available several times per month. To get started, click here!

Can the Food Manager exam be taken online?

Yes, the Food Manager exam is On-Line with a Live Proctor.

Yes! To earn a ILLINOIS Food Manager Certification, you must take an online proctored exam, after completeing an online course.

For more information click here.

How do I schedule the proctored exam?

After the course has been completed and the "Register for my Online Proctored Exam" has been clicked in Step 5, you will receive scheduling instructions within 2 business hours.

How long is the online exam?

The test is 80 questions, and requires a 71% in order to pass. The test taker has 2 test attempts to meet this requirement

How do I study for the final exam?

To study for the exam, we recommend purchasing option 2 the Certification Package. This includes the Online Food Manager Training Course and Unlimited Practice Exams. The course takes approximately 8 Hours to complete. You can start and stop as needed. Topics divided into 4 Learning Modules: - Unit 1: Foodborne Illnesses and their Sources - Unit 2: Safe Handling and the Flow of Food - Unit 3: Equipment, Cleaning, and Pest Management - Unit 4: Management Responsibilities After you have completed this training course, you have the option of taking the Practice Test to prepare for your Proctored Exam. You can take the Practice Test as many times as desired. We also offer a Food Manager Manual and Review Study Guide for purchase.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any other questions: Chat with us by selecting the chat icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Email us at support@efoodmanagers.com. Call us Monday – Friday 8am PST to 5pm PST at 503-726-1076.