Q: Who is required to have a Food Handler Training Card in Arizona?
Food Service Worker Cards are required for any person who handles, prepares, serves, sells or gives away food for human consumption, including those whose duties are restricted to busing or washing dishes, though your local county may have more specific requirements. For a list of counties in Arizona, click here.
Q: Who is NOT required to have a Food Handler Training Card in Arizona?
The rule does not apply to workers in facilities that handle food or beverages exclusively in a closed package or container.
Q: What is the timeline for implementation?
New workers must obtain their licenses within 30 days, or as specifically dictated by your county. For a list of counties in Arizona, click here.
Q: What type of training is offered for Restaurants?
This food handler course from National Registry is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) against the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard E2659-09, as required by Arizona House Bill 2436. The course and assessment can be completed online, 24 hours/day and does not need to be monitored by an instructor. A local health department that has a Department-approved training program may provide training for restaurants. Regardless of your preferred training method, all candidates who pass the program will receive the same food handler training card.
Q: How is the training administered?
Training can be online, computer, classroom, live trainers, remote trainers, and by certified food service sanitation managers. For those food handlers working in restaurants, the training must be ANSI-accredited against ASTM standard E2659-09, unless their local health department has been approved by the Department to provide food handler training to restaurants.
Those working in non-restaurants are not required to take another food handler training unless they go to work for another employer. Food handler cards for those working in non-restaurants is not transferable between employers.