The current retail food law in Montana does not require an individual to receive a food handlers permit (also known as a Food Handlers Card).
It is important to keep in mind though, that some employers or restaurant managers will require food handlers to complete training regardless of state jurisdiction. Also, some counties may require a Food Handlers Permit at a local level.
Although a food handlers permit is not required in Montana, it is worth a quick discussion on what it is… And why it is sometimes worth receiving a certification.
What is a Montana Food Handlers Permit?
A food handlers permit is an official document showing proof that an employee has received proper food safety training. Employees in the U.S. restaurant industry use their food handlers card to show health inspectors (and employers) that they have successfully completed a food safety course, and that they have a basic understanding of food safety procedures.
Montana’s only food handling requirement is that food facilities must have at least one Certified Food Protection Manager.
Low risk facilities, such as convenience stores that are not making food, are exempt from this requirement at the discretion of the local Sanitarian.
Montana Food Protection Manager
Montana’s Health Department requires that one individual at every establishment preparing foods must have a designated person in charge to be certified as a food protection manager (CFPM).
So although there’s no Montana food handlers card requirement, it still may be in your best interest to receive and pass the test for Food Manager Training.
Not only will this help you during your job application, but it can make you a safer, well-rounded employee.
Montana Food Protection Manager Course Providers
Currently, only the list below of ANSI-accredited Food Safety Manager Certification providers are state-approved (in no particular order):
- State Food Safety
- National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
- Paster Training Inc.
Access the list of Food Protection Manager Trainings by date and location by clicking here.
You can also find a list of available test proctors based on county here.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Good Communication Skills
- Being able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic food safety