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National Certified Food Safety Manager Class

To obtain a National Certified Food Safety Manager License, you must pass a state-approved exam. The TLW class prepares you first, and then administers the exam the same day. For establishments with more than five (5) food handlers you MUST have a licensed-certified Food Manager on staff at each location. A food handler is any individual engaged in the preparation or processing of food. Examples include:

  • a chef
  • a waitress that prepares a salad
  • a server that scoops ice cream
  • a bartender that cooks a frozen pizza or drops breaded mushrooms, etc. into a fryer*
Note that if you are renewing your Food Safety Manager License, you are not required to take the class again - only the exam is required. 
Class sizes are limited to 35 people. At-door registrants may be denied entry. Classes are non-refundable. You will have 60 days from the date of cancellation to reschedule; it is your responsibility to reschedule within 60 days.

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Class audit option: The National Certified Food Safety Manager License class is also available as an audit-only option. Auditing the class gives you and your employees the benefit of professional food handling training at a lesser cost. You may participate fully in the class lecture and discussion and will receive a class textbook. You will not be required to take the examination, nor will you be provided a license. The Class Audit option is $60.

Questions? Call the TLW Food Safety Hotline: 608-296-9226

Small Operator Permit

If you currently own a valid Wisconsin CFPM License and want to proceed with a Small Operator Permit, there are certain requirements you must meet, i.e., your license cannot be expired and you must employ five (5) or fewer total food handlers, including yourself.*

A food handler is an individual engaged in the preparation or processing of food. Examples include:
  • a chef
  • a waitress that prepares a salad
  • a server that scoops ice cream
  • a bartender that cooks a frozen pizza or drops breaded mushrooms, etc. into a fryer*
Note that this 3-hour course is also required to renew your Small Operator Permit.

Online-only option: Online Small Operator Training is available through the TAP Series for $85. Register here.

Questions? Call the TLW Food Safety Hotline: 608-296-9226

Class Details

  • Photo ID required to take the exam - this is mandatory!!
  • Bring a #2 pencil, highlighter and reading glasses if needed.
  • Class registration is at 8:30 AM and class concludes at approximately 3:00 PM - see schedule for exceptions.
  • The use of Electronic Devices, Recording Devices or Cell Phones during the class is prohibited.
  • Licenses are sent to participants by mail in two to three weeks.
  • Lunch is available at or near the location (cost not included in fee).
  • Classes run as low as $55 for TLW members and $65 for non-members.

The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, approved by the HFS (Health and Family Services) Department,
approves our instructors and provides the state-approved examinations.

Licenses obtained at our classes are valid for 5 years.

*Contact your county health department or local municipality for your county ordinance, which can be stricter than these minimum code requirements. Several counties in Wisconsin require a person in charge (PIC) with a CFM License on site every hour of food preparation. Click the following link for your local health department information https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lh-depts/counties.htm

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