Instructors of Certified Food Managers - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Instructors
Minnesota Certified Food Manager (CFM)

CFM instructors are a critical link in the food safety system. In Minnesota, a study has shown that restaurants with trained managers do better during their food service inspections. Instructors of initial certification and continuing education courses maintain current knowledge of food safety principles and use approved curriculum to help Minnesota CFMs ensure food served in their retail establishments is safe.

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CFM Instructors
Initial Training Courses
Continuing Education Courses

CFM Instructors

If you would like to offer food safety training for initial CFM or continuing education for CFM renewal, you must have up-to-date knowledge of food safety principles and either specialized training in the subject matter or experience teaching the subject. If you are qualified, you can apply to become an approved instructor for Minnesota CFM. There is no fee.

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Initial Training Courses

If you would like to offer food safety training for initial CFM, follow these steps:

1. Register with one of the approved exam companies.

2. Complete the instructor form and return it to MDH.

You must include:

  • Completed form
  • Course materials
  • Example of certificate you will provide to students who complete your course
  • Instructor credential from the approved exam company

Email Address: health.fmc@state.mn.us

MDH staff process forms in the order they are received. Your review may take approximately two weeks.

3. Enter your class and exam dates and locations on the MDH website.

When your course is approved, you will receive a user name and password. You may list your scheduled class information on MDH’s website.

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Continuing Education Courses

If you would like to offer continuing education in food safety for CFM renewal, follow these steps:

1. Stay current with your food safety knowledge.

If you want to be approved to offer continuing education courses, you must stay up-to-date with the subjects you plan to teach. You must have either specialized food safety training or experience teaching food safety. Some examples of acceptable documentation are:

  • Instructor credential from an approved exam company dated within the last two years.
  • Contact hour certificate from MDH’s annual instructor workshop within the previous two years.
  • Class rosters from food safety classes you have taught in the last two years.

2. Develop your continuing education course.

You may either purchase a curriculum or design your own curriculum. Make sure to get approval before teaching a course for the first time, or if you make significant changes to course content or format. You must meet these requirements:

  • Teach acceptable topics, including food sanitation and safety or emerging trends in food preparation and handling, sanitation, or the prevention of foodborne illness.
  • Spend at least 60 minutes teaching your topic(s).
  • Include assessments (e.g., test, quiz or activity) to gauge your students’ learning.
  • Create a course completion certificate that includes: your name, address and telephone number; course title; length of course; dates and location.
  • Maintain attendance sheets for five years.

3. Complete instructor form and return it to MDH.

You must include:

Email Address: health.fmc@state.mn.us

MDH staff process applications in the order they are received. Your review may take approximately two weeks.

4. Enter your class dates and locations on the MDH website.

When your course is approved, you will receive a user name and password. You may list your scheduled class information on MDH’s website.

CFM Instructor Login

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Updated Monday, September 11, 2017 at 02:32PM