You don’t have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe Food Protection Manager’s Certification. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer.

This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations. The ServSafe Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years. Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health.

The next class will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto.

Pre-registration of two weeks is required. It will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., and run approximately eight hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.

Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch.

To register online, visit

Cost for the course and exam is $110. The purchase of the ServSafe Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended. For information, call Sarah at 352-527-5700.

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