Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)


CFPM course cancellation information found at Initial and Renewal Process.

The Food, Pools and Lodging Services Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has received information that several Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) course providers are not currently providing face-to-face courses due to restrictions related to COVID-19. This does not allow individuals holding the CFPM credential to obtain the required continuing education units before their current credential expires.

Emergency Executive Order 20-32 issued on April 8, 2020, allows the Commissioner of Health to temporarily delay, waive, or modify Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626 that governs the requirements for food and beverage service establishments.

MDH supports the food industries’ efforts to provide a safe and adequate supply of food during COVID-19-related restrictions. Individuals holding a CFPM credential initially take an 8-hour course and nationally approved exam to obtain their credential. They are then required to obtain 4 continuing education units before their credential expires.

Certified Food Protection Manager Credential Renewal

This modification is effective March 13, 2020 for individuals holding the CFPM credential:

  1. Obtain 4 hours of continuing education in food safety within 6 months of the expiration of their credential.
  2. Submit their renewal, payment, and proof of continuing education to MDH within 6 months of the expiration of their credential.
This will apply to individuals whose CFPM credential expires between the effective date (March 13, 2020) of the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 and 30 days after the termination of the peacetime emergency.

The Minnesota certified food protection manager (CFPM) is a leader for the food establishment’s food safety team. The CFPM is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as meeting specific training requirements, and helps reduce the risk of foodborne illness by demonstrating safe food handling practices and sharing food safety knowledge with the food establishment’s employees. MDH administers the Minnesota CFPM program for MDH, MDA and delegated agencies.

Minnesota Food Code

CFPM requirements for food establishments, exemptions, initial and renewal training requirements, and certification process

CFPM Fact Sheet

Information about CFPM duties in Minnesota, required training, initial and renewal certification, approved exams, application forms and frequently asked questions

Initial and Renewal Process

A description of required training, approved exams for initial certification, downloadable applications, and other useful tips


Instructor qualifications, continuing education course requirements, and application for instructors and courses

Tools and Resources

CFPM look-up (search by name or FM number), initial course, exam and continuing education search tool, downloadable CFPM applications, and other helpful resources for CFPMs, CFPM instructors and environmental health professionals

CFPM Requirements

All food establishments are required to employ a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM), except for those listed under the exemptions.

Updated Wednesday, 06-May-2020 14:49:32 CDT