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 Thursday, Feb. 27. 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. There is no “test only” option. Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch.

Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path. The Extension building is the first building on the right).

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Cost for the course and exam is $110. The purchase of the ServSafe Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish. It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe Manager seventh edition textbook prior to attending the class. For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office in Lecanto at 352-527-5700.

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, contact the office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. The phone number is 352-527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

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