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Featured Questions

How do I get a Chicago food sanitation certificate?

Jmola1 asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, Sanitation, Certificate, Chicago,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The City of Chicago has a reciprocity agreement with the Department if you have a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC), then you are eligible to apply for reciprocity for a City of Chicago certificate. You need to contact Malcolm X at 312-553-5802 for their reciprocity application process.

The Department has the same reciprocal agreement with valid City of Chicago certificates and the reciprocity form can be found here if someone with a valid City certificate wishes to get an IL FSSMC:http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ReciprocityForm.pdf

What do we need to get a food license?

VanJar15 asked a question with topics Illinois, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You need to contact the local health department in that city or county where you will be operating. You can find a list of local health departments in Illinois here:http://dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/local%20health%20department%20directory%201.pdf

IDPH Food Service Sanitation Certificate

admt60 asked a question with topics Illinois, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

In order to be eligible for an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate (FSSMC), the student must take an approved 8 hour course and pass an ANSI accredited food safety manager exam through an Illinois approved instructor/registered proctor. If the course/exam was taken in Illinois and it was not through an Illinois approved instructor/registered proctor, then that student is not eligible for an IL FSSMC.

If the course/exam was taken outside of Illinois and the student just recently moved to or began working in Illinois in the past 6 months and can provide proof of that, then they can apply for Reciprocity using this form:http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ReciprocityForm.pdf

Specific questions can be directed to the Department at dph.fssmc@illinois.gov

FSSMC Chicago dept of health VS. Illinois dept of health

goodman4food asked a question with topics Certificate, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

No, it is not the same certificate. Only the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) meets the requirement in the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code 750.540, when working outside of the city of Chicago. If you have a valid city of Chicago certificate, you can apply for reciprocity using the form found here: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ReciprocityForm.pdf

What is the fee for the classes?

lisagn1 asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, Certificate, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Each instructor can charge whatever they wish, so you might want to call around to a few to check prices. You can find approved courses with Illinois approved instructors on our website: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

How do I go about getting city and state license after receiving my certifation

bellaboo asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You must work through the Illinois approved instructor with whom you took the course/exam and they will submit the documentation to get your Illinois FSSMC. You can contact Malcolm X at 312-553-5802 to inquire about City of Chicago certificates.

Hi, I passed my food sanitation course i just received the letter but it say pay by June 30 . Is there a quicker way to pay via on line or office?

nabulseyyah asked a question with topics Illinois, Sanitation, License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

We are currently only able to accept the payment via mail by sending the form with a check or money order to the address on the form. You can pay after the due date, since it is for a new certificate.

how do I go about finding out if I passed the sanitation class I took a week ago

tinabrenner268 asked a question with topics Food Safety, Sanitation, Illinois,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You need to contact the instructor or proctor with whom you took the exam, as they will receive your score from the national exam provider who grades it.

I can't download the request form for renewal.

JeannieBurke asked a question with topics Sanitation, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You do not need a request form at this time because you can no longer renew your Illinois FSSMC. As of July 1, 2014, everyone is required to take an approved 8 hour course inclusive of an exam with an Illinois approved instructor every 5 years. Once you complete the course and exam with an Illinois approved instructor, they will submit the documentation to us and then we will mail you an application to pay the $35 fee for your new certificate. You can find approved courses here: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

How do I go about getting city and state license after receiving my certifation

bellaboo asked a question with topics Food Safety, Illinois, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

If you took the course in Illinois, then you are only eligible for an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) if you took the course/exam with an IL approved instructor. That approved instructor will send us your information and then the Department will send you an application to pay the $35 new certificate fee and issue you the IL FSSMC certificate.

What is an IDPH ID# and who needs to have one?

kgroat asked a question with topics Illinois

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

If you are referring to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) ID#, it is located on the FSSMC certificate in the "ID Number" box. You are assigned this ID # upon successful completion of an approved 8 hour course and exam with an IL approved instructor and we have processed the information provided to us by that approved instructor. The ID# itself does not meet the requirement of the food code, as the FSSMC certificate itself needs to be present at the food service establishment to meet the requirement of the IL Food Service Sanitation Code 750.540.

I need to get recertified and and am confused with seeing two different prices

JeannieBurke asked a question with topics Sanitation, Food Safety, Illinois, License,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The $35.00 fee is for the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) that you are eligible for after you successfully complete an approved 8 hour course inclusive of the exam administered by an IL approved instructor. There really is no "recertification" process anymore, as now everyone must take an approved 8 hour course with exam every 5 years. Instructors can charge whatever they wish for the course/exam, but the IL FSSMC certificate fee is $35 and that certificate is required by the IL Food Service Sanitation Code 750.540. You can find approved courses here: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

i lost my paperwork to get my sanitation license how do i get it sent to me again?

kscharneck2013 asked a question with topics Food Safety

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can find a blank FSSMC Request Form to submit payment here on our website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ProgramRequestForm.pdf

What do I do about a lost sanitation certificate?

mike.kovac.3762 asked a question with topics Illinois, Sanitation, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can request a duplicate of your Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) for $10.00 using the FSSMC request form found on our website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ProgramRequestForm.pdf

How do I get a copy of my food safety and sanitation licence?

bamdat asked a question with topics Illinois, Sanitation, License, Food Safety,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You can request a duplicate certificate for $10.00 using a FSSMC request form found on our website:http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/FSSMC_ProgramRequestForm.pdf