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

Instructors
Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)

CFPM 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 CFPMs ensure food served in their retail establishments is safe.

Initial Training Courses

If you would like to offer food safety training for initial CFPM or continuing education for CFPM 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 CFPM. There is no fee.

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

1. Be a Minnesota CFPM.

2. Register with one of the approved exam companies.

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

You must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Course materials
  • A copy of your Minnesota CFPM
  • Instructor credential from the approved exam company
  • Example of certificate you will provide to students who complete your course.
    • Documentation of a continuing education course must include:
      • the applicant's name;
      • the title of the approved course;
      • the number of approved contact hours;
      • the course date;
      • the instructor's name; and
      • the instructor's telephone number or e-mail address.

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

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

4. 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.

Continuing Education Courses

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

1. Be a Minnesota CFPM.  

2. Stay current with your food safety knowledge.

If you want to be approved to offer continuing education courses, you must review developments in topics included in approved courses at least every 2 years. Some examples of acceptable documentation are:

    • Instructor credential from an approved exam company dated within the last 6 months.
    • Contact hour certificate from MDH’s annual instructor workshop within the previous 2 years.
    • Class rosters from food safety classes you have taught in the last 2 years.

3. 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. A continuing education course:

  • must address food safety and sanitation topics included in this Code;
  • must be submitted to and approved by the commissioner before the course is offered and when changes to an approved course are proposed;
  • must be taught in an interactive format approved by the commissioner to ensure competency and use an assessment, such as a quiz, test, demonstration, or other mechanism, approved by the commissioner to evaluate learning;
  • must be a minimum of 1 hour;
  • is subject to periodic review by the commissioner of health; and
  • is subject to audit at no cost to the commissioner to verify that instructor qualifications, course content, and course length are being met.

4. Complete instructor form and return it to MDH.

You must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Course materials
  • A copy of your Minnesota CFPM
  • Documentation that you have reviewed topics included in approved courses at least every 2 years.
  • Example of certificate you will provide to students who complete your course.
    • Documentation of a continuing education course must include:
      • the applicant's name;
      • the title of the approved course;
      • the number of approved contact hours;
      • the course date; the instructor's name; and
      • the instructor's telephone number or e-mail address.

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

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

5. 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.

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Updated Thursday, December 06, 2018 at 01:29PM