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Featured Questions

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

Can we get the the certificate and pay the fee at a later time?

Lenorarussell asked a question with topics License, Certificate,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

The national food safety manager certificate you received after passing the exam is not recognized in Illinois alone, as only the IL Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) meets the requirements of the IL Food Service Sanitation Code 750.540. The FSSMC is not considered valid until the Department receives the $35 new certificate fee. An application is mailed to the student, after we process the information received from your instructor, which has a due date on it. We will accept the $35 new certificate fee after this due date. The due date is there to encourage payment since the certificate is not valid or mailed to the student until it is received.

I need to take a manager license

Shavon57th asked a question with topics Food Safety, License, Illinois,

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

Before taking a food safety manager exam, you must first have taken an approved course with an IL approved instructor or via an approved online provider. With proof of that course completion, you can contact an IL approved instructor/proctor who can provide you with an exam. Approved instructors in your area can be found here:http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses

I have a food sanitation license that I need to renew before it is out of date and not sure how or what to do

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

April.Caulk, FSSMC Coordinator

You no longer "renew" your current Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) because as of July 1, 2014, everyone is required to take an approved 8 hour course inclusive of the exam with an IL approved instructor to obtain an IL FSSMC. You can take that course anytime, before or after your current IL FSSMC expires. You can find approved courses here: http://public.dph.illinois.gov/fssmccourses