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Food Service Worker


    • According to the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, Chapter VII, Reg. 1 (C), a Food Employee is any person who handles, prepares, serves, sells or gives away food for consumption by persons other than his or her immediate family, or who handles utensils and equipment pertaining to that establishment.
    • No. Maricopa County will no longer issue Food Service Worker cards. Maricopa County still requires all food employees be trained and that documentation of this training be maintained at the food establishment. Acceptable forms of training documentation are as follows:
      • A valid food handler card or certificate issued by another county within Arizona
      • A valid card or certificate issued by an ANSI-accredited food handler training program. A list of the ANSI-accredited programs can be found on the website.
      • Maricopa County offers specialized training for individuals with disabilities and for fee-waived entities. These are also acceptable forms of food hander training documentation. To learn more about this training visit the Limited Use Receipt page.
    • You must check with your employer to see which of the training(s) they accept. Although each of these forms of training is accepted by Maricopa County, it is the responsibility of the person in charge of the food establishment to determine which form(s) of training and training documentation they will accept.
    • The cost of the training is up to the organization/company providing the training. This may vary from organization to organization.
    • The training documentation is valid for three (3) years in Maricopa County. The training would have to be re-taken every three (3) years in order to receive new training documentation.