There are no North Dakota food handlers permit requirements for common restaurant employees according to the current North Dakota food code.
IMPORTANT: Counties, on the other hand, have the right to pose their own food safety rules. Take Burke county, for example… Burke requires all food handlers in their jurisdiction to receive a North Dakota food handlers permit even though the state doesn’t require it.
These rules, of course, can often overlap and/or differ from county to county… So it’s always smart to double check with your local health department. Click here for the North Dakota Health Department county directory (pdf) to learn more about county-specific food handler permit requirements.
👌 Searching online for North Dakota food handlers permits will lead to multiple sites claiming that you must have one, and that they have the test for you to take. Please be leery towards most of these course providers. In some instances, they are trying to get you to pay for something that you do NOT necessarily need… or potentially a certification that isn’t accepted in your local jurisdiction.
Which Counties in North Dakota Require Food Handler Cards?
Every county in The First District Health Unit requires food handler cards for all common food handler employees (i.e. line cooks, chefs, food preps or any one else dealing directly with unpackaged food products).
- Bottineau County
- Burke County
- Kenmare County
- McHenry County
- McLean County
- Renville County
- Sheridan County
- Ward County
Each North Dakota county follows the same food handler guidelines. You can find all the details on course providers, and further resources HERE.
If you are working in other jurisdictions, please be sure to contact your local health department as North Dakota county food handler permit requirements may change overtime.
What is the North Dakota Food Handlers Permit?
The North Dakota food handlers permit, also known as the North Dakota food handlers card and/or license, is a certificate proving to both employers and public health inspectors that you are qualified to handle unpackaged food products that served to the general public. In order to receive one, you will have to take a course, potentially pay a fee, and pass their examination.
If you wish to take a course, click here to see a list of state-recommended course providers.
Other North Dakota Food Handler Recommendations
North Dakota recommends that at least one person in a food establishment should have a Food Manager’s Certificate, also known as a Certified Food Protection Managers (CFPM) card. Keep in mind, it is not required by the state… and, once again, local county rules may vary.
Although you may not be required to receive a North Dakota food handlers card in your county or a North Dakota food manager’s certificate… there are a few reasons why you still may want to be certified. This includes better experience, knowledge, and stronger resume material. 🙂
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Good Communication Skills
- Being able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic food safety