Certified Food Manager Card
Maricopa County Environmental Services Dept. (MCESD) requires all food establishments
handling open foods where time/temperature control for food safety is required to
have at least one licensed Certified Food Protection Manager who has undergone more
extensive food service training. New establishments must meet the requirement within
90 days of opening.
Process to obtain the Certified Food Protection Manager Card:
Step 1: You must pass an approved Certified Food Protection Manager exam by a testing agency
that is recognized by the MCESD. Maricopa County does not provide this testing or
instruction for the Certified Food Protection Manager Licensure. The following is
a list of agencies that are approved by MCESD:
Step 2: Once you have passed one of the recognized tests, you must
bring all of the following to a listed regional office
for the issuance of a card.
- Official certificate of completion from the agency
- $5.00 fee for card (optional $3.00 for each duplicate card)
- Proof of Legal Status
The Certified Food Protection Manager Card is valid for a period of five
years as of the time testing was completed. Re-testing is required after the card
has expired. Each food establishment shall maintain on its premises a separate file
containing the certified food protection manager card(s) for each food service
manager. This file shall be accessible to the Environmental Health Officer for review
If you have any further question please contact the MCESD Administration Services
Office at (602)506-6824.