North Carolina’s health department does not require food handlers to receive an NC food handlers card (also known as the North Carolina Food Handlers Permit).
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 the NC Food Handlers card at a local level.
👌 Listen up: Searching online for the NC food handlers card will lead to multiple sites claiming that you must have one, and that they have the test for you to take. Please be leery with most of these course providers. In some instances, they are trying to get you to pay for something that you do NOT necessarily need…
What is the NC Food Handlers Card?
The NC food handlers card, also known as the North Carolina food handlers permit and/or license, is a certificate proving to employers and public health inspectors alike that you are qualified to handle unpackaged food products served to the general public. Unlike some states in the country, it is NOT a requirement for common kitchen employees to have one in the state of North Carolina.
What is required in North Carolina though, is that restaurants must have a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) on staff. Folks know this as the North Carolina CFPM card requirement.
This manager must show proficiency of the required North Carolina food safety regulations through passing a test that is part of an accredited program. See below for course details. 👇👇
North Carolina Certified Food Protection Manager
North Carolina requires that one employee at every restaurant who prepares foods must be certified as a Food Protection Manager.
Here’s the requirement pulled directly from the current North Carolina Food Code:
At least one EMPLOYEE who has supervisory and
management responsibility and the authority to direct and
control FOOD preparation and service shall be a certified FOOD protection manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-ACCREDITED PROGRAM.
So although there’s no North Carolina food handlers permit state requirement, it still may be in your best interest to receive and pass the test for Food Protection Manager Training.
Not only will this help you during your job application, but it can make you a well rounded employee. This stuff also helps boost your resume.
Currently, only the following list of ANSI-accredited Food Safety Manager Certification providers are valid in NC:
**We may be missing a few. But the courses shown above seem to be the most popular.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Good Communication Skills
- Being able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic food safety
For more information, please visit the North Carolina Health Department’s website here.