Initial and Renewal Process: Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Initial and Renewal Process
Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)

Minnesota food code requires a Minnesota certified food protection manager (CFPM) in most food establishments. You may choose to strengthen your establishment’s food safety team by having more than one CFPM.

In addition, having at least one Minnesota CFPM satisfies the requirements for events that are exempt from licensure under the "Church Lady” Law.

Use the information and resources provided here to become a Minnesota CFPM or to renew your certification.

Initial Minnesota CFPM

If you have never been a Minnesota CFPM, follow these steps:

1. Attend an approved training course and pass an approved exam.

2. Mail initial application, required documentation, and $35 fee to MDH.

    • Apply for initial Minnesota CFPM no more than six months after passing the exam.

If your exam certificate is more than six months old, you must retake the exam before applying.

Mailing address

Minnesota Department of Health
Certified Food Protection Manager Program
Food, Pools, and Lodging Services Section
P.O. Box 64495
St. Paul, MN 55164-0495

Renewal Minnesota CFPM

Your Minnesota CFPM is valid for three years. To renew your Minnesota CFPM follow these steps:

1. Attend approved continuing education.

  • You must complete four (4) or more hours of approved continuing education in order to renew your Minnesota CFPM.
  • Take continuing education between the effective date and the expiration date of your valid state certification. You must apply for renewal of your Minnesota CFPM no later than six months after the expiration date on your state certificate.

2. Mail renewal application, approved continuing education certificate(s) and $35 fee to MDH.

  • Apply for renewal of your Minnesota CFPM no more than 6 months after your Minnesota CFPM expires.

Renewal documentation requirements

  • Include:
      • Application
      • Copy of continuing education certificate(s) (four hours required)
      • $35 check or money order payable to MDH

Mailing address

Minnesota Department of Health
Certified Food Protection Manager Program
Food, Pools, and Lodging Services Section
P.O. Box 64495
St. Paul, MN 55164-0495

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Updated Sunday, 10-Mar-2019 16:41:15 CDT