Iowa Food Handler Training
For food handlers, kitchen staff and restaurant workers, this is the fastest and easiest way to get your Iowa Food Handlers Card.
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Downloadable Certificate of Completion
24/7, 12-month online course access
Student handbook with detailed course notes
Practice quizzes after each lesson
Handy posters and templates to use on-the-job
Final exam administered by Userve
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What You’ll Learn
Userve’s ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training Program will quickly teach you everything you need to know to pass your exam and get your Certificate of Completion in 3 modules that cover:
Understand the fundamentals of food safety and how illness is spread through contaminated food and unsafe food handling practices.
Recognizing elements that cause food contamination to eliminate the risk of causing a foodborne illness outbreak
Identifying common food allergens and food allergy symptoms to eliminate the risk of a customer having a food allergy reaction
Learn how to prevent foodborne illness using proper hygiene, time and temperature control, cleaning and sanitizing practices, pest control and waste disposal.
Practicing personal hygiene at all times to reduce cross-contamination situations and ensures food is safe to consume
Recalling correct time and temperature controls at all times for all food types to ensure food safety
Performing proper cleaning and sanitizing practices at all times to keep premises and food safe
Demonstrating proper maintenance on all food equipment to ensure they are all working as designed
Know the correct way to handle food, including the proper way to receive food deliveries and how to store, prepare, cook and serve food safely.
Conducting proper purchasing, receiving and storing of food practices to ensure food safety to avoid any foodborne incidents
Demonstrating correct preparation techniques at all times to keep food safe to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak
Applying proper serving and dispensing protocols at all times to keep food safe to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak
Comprehensive Iowa food handler training made simple.
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Courses built with the latest e-Learning technologies for an engaging learning experience.
Expert Training Professionals
Lessons designed by experienced learning and development professionals with over 45 years of combined experience.
No Experience Required
Training programs made for all learning styles, with no prerequisites or prior training needed.
Free Additional Resources
Student Handbook with detailed course notes and handy posters and templates to use on-the-job.
Unlimited Quiz Attempts
Practice quizzes after every lesson to ensure you understand the material.
Complete training in one sitting or choose your own training pace with course access for up to one year.
A satisfaction rating of 98% from students.
Business accounts make training & compliance easy.
Your brand matters to us as much as it does to you.
Our best practice solutions are designed with your brand in mind. They ensure:
- You're protecting your business from risks associated with food safety and alcohol service incidents
- You’re protecting your customers’ safety and wellbeing
- You’re keeping your customers’ trust
- You’re staying protected–with features like compliance advisory services to keep you informed and on top of requirements
Your staff gets the most out of our training, so you get the most out of them.
Our learning experience has been designed to:
- Engage your staff so they take in and retain the material
- Work on a mobile device to make it easy for your team to access and complete the training from anywhere at anytime
- Ensure learner satisfaction – our exceptional student success rates speak for themselves and ensure you get the most value from your investment
The information and support you need, when you need it.
Our team of dedicated individuals gives you the peace of mind you need, by providing:
- Compliance advisory services for the most current information on government mandates
- Guidance on training requirements
- Hands-on account management support, including help with student enrollment
Your time is valuable, so we make things as quick and easy as possible.
We recognize how busy you are, so we make managing your organization's training as simple and efficient as possible through:
- Bulk student enrollment–and preferred pricing while we’re at it
- User-friendly account management tools that make admin a breeze
- Student progress and success-tracking tools for timely status reports
- Hands-on help should you need it
Everything you need to know about Iowa food handler training
Food Handler Training
“Food handler" refers to an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces.
Accredited Food Handler Training (like Userve’s course) is a legal requirement for food handler employees in many states. Holding a Certificate of Completion or Food Handlers Card shows employers that you've received training and passed the required exam.
ANAB is the ANSI National Accreditation Board. It is a non-profit organization that oversees administration and coordination of standards and technical regulations in the U.S. ANAB provides a framework for fair standard development and represents the interests of more than 270,000 organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. Userve’s course is ANAB-accredited.
ANAB-accredited training is required in many states for employment in the food service industry. Completing a course that has been accredited by a trusted certifying body like ANAB ensures that no matter the requirement in your state, you’re equipped with the highest standard of food handler training. Contact your local health department for specific requirements in your area. Userve’s course is ANAB-accredited.
Requirements & Access
The training course takes most people a few hours to complete. The course length can vary from person to person based on previous food handler experience, English language skills and computer literacy. Keep in mind that you can train at your own pace and start and stop as often as you like.
There are no prerequisites for taking the Iowa Food Handler Training Program. Our learning program is simple, fast and engaging.
The Iowa Food Handler Training Course is designed to meet food safety training requirements from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard E2659. It also meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2017 Food Code.
This course educates foodservice workers on the fundamentals of food safety. There are 3 units with 18 lessons, quizzes after each lesson and a final exam administered by Userve. The course outline covers:
Unit 1 - Understanding Food Safety
Lesson 1 - Food Contamination
Lesson 2 - Bacteria
Lesson 3 - Other Types of Microorganisms
Lesson 4 - Perishable Foods
Lesson 5 - Types of Contamination
Lesson 6 - Foodborne Illness & High-Risk Groups
Lesson 7 - Food Allergies
Unit 2 - Preventing Foodborne Illness
Lesson 8 - Personal Hygiene
Lesson 9 - Workplace Facilities & Behaviors
Lesson 10 - Uniforms & Hair Care
Lesson 11 - Illness & Onsite Injuries
Lesson 12 - Temperature Zones & Time Control
Lesson 13 - Thermometers
Lesson 14 - Cleaning & Sanitizing
Lesson 15 - Maintaining Food Premises
Unit 3 - Working with Food Safely
Lesson 16 - Receiving, Checking & Storing Food
Lesson 17 - Working with Food Safely
Lesson 18 - Serving Food Safely
Our Iowa Food Handler Course comes with a student handbook with detailed course notes, handy posters and templates to use on the job, and end-of-lesson quizzes to check your understanding of the material along the way.
Assessments & Final Exam
At the end of the Iowa Food Handler Training Course, you will be required to complete a final exam that you must pass in order to get your certificate. You have 3 attempts to pass the final exam and you must score at least 70%.
A Food Handlers Card, Food Handlers Certificate, and Certificate of Completion are all terms that describe what you get once you’ve successfully completed a food handler training program and passed a final exam. You may also find the term “Food Handlers License” being used to describe this type of certificate.
Once you have successfully completed the Food Safety Training Program, you will need to write a final exam. Once you pass the final exam with a score of at least 70%, we will issue you your Certificate of Completion by email.
Holding a Food Handlers Certificate shows employers and health inspectors that you've received training to understand the fundamentals of food safety.
Upon successfully finishing the program, you will receive your Certificate of Completion that you can then show to your employer to confirm you’ve completed the training. Your local county may require additional verification steps. Contact your local authority to learn more.
Your Food Handlers Certificate is valid for three years from the date of issue (subject to change – verify with your local county health department). The certificate is not transferable to other people and cannot be applied to other courses in food safety training.
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