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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. The exam starts at 8:00am or at 12:30pm. 
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.

You have the option for one free retest at this exam site or an upcoming location if you arrive at 8:30 am. If the morning time would not work for you there is a retest fee of $55 for TLW members or $65 for nonmembers since we are limited to roster spots for candidates in the afternoon at 1pm. Please contact Katie Krawczyk at katie@tlw.org if you need to register for a retest and she can send you an invoice if needed for the afternoon session. Thank you for using the Tavern League for your training needs. We appreciate you taking the time to take our course.

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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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