Obtaining an Oregon food handlers card can be a confusing process. But thats where we come in…
We plan to get you in the restaurant as soon as possible. Don’t bother looking through various outdated government or state websites. Here, you’ll find all of the important information needed to jumpstart your career in the food services industry.
How to Get a Food Handlers Card in Oregon
In the state of Oregon, every food-related employee working at a state registered food facility MUST acquire a food handlers card.
This means that ALL food workers are required to complete an Oregon state-approved food safety course. After successful completion of the course, food workers will then be granted an official Oregon food handlers card. The course provider, not the state, will provide the food handlers card and/or documentation.
Successful completion of the training and examination MUST be done within 30 days from the date you start work.
How long does a food handlers card last in Oregon?
Your Oregon food handlers card is valid for three years upon issuance. This means that every three years, your food handlers card will expire and you will need to receive a new one.
Where to Get Your Oregon Food Handlers Card
The state of Oregon ONLY accepts food handler cards from specific state-approved course providers as seen on this list.
Important: All other food handler card providers – even if you have successfully completed their training and exams – are deemed unacceptable by Oregon state law.
There are multiple course providers online that seem legit, claiming they are Oregon certified so be extra cautious. Most course providers online posing as Oregon food handler card courses are fake.
Remember to always check URLs and make sure you’re on the right landing page.
Oregon Food Handler Course Details
The main purpose for an Oregon food safety course is to expose all food handlers to important food safety practices. The food safety course is not considered difficult, as it was crafted for beginners and is intended to give food workers basic kitchen knowledge, understanding, and awareness.
For starters, this course is different from the the food MANAGERS course. The food MANAGERS course is for supervisory and managerial employees only… and it’s not even a requirement under Oregon state law.
Now, to the bread and butter…
Here’s a quick rundown of all the Oregon food handlers card course topics and objectives:
- Employee Illness
- Your Role in Helping Prevent Foodborne Illness
- The Rose of Management in Helping Prevent Foodborne Illness
- Foodborne Illness
- Temperature Control
- Final Cooking Temperature
- Contamination and Cross Contamination
All of the learning objectives are described more in detail on this page.
Steps & Instructions for getting an Oregon Food Handlers Card:
The process of obtaining an Oregon Food Handlers card is easier than it looks. For your convenience, we’ve shared all the steps you need to take to quickly earn your Oregon food handlers certification .
Step 1: Register for the food handlers course
Choose your course provider by selecting your County from the list on this page.
Step 2: Review Study Materials
As we stated above, the food handlers card test in Oregon is fairly easy and built for beginners. You should be able to get through the course without having to do any studying prior. If you so choose to though, this Training Manual provided by the state is a good place to start. (We’ve also added a few extra studying resources in the section below)
Step 3: Take the Test
The test was crafted to assess your understanding of essential food safety concepts. It will comprise of approximately 20 questions. A passing score is usually 75 – 80%. You can usually take the test multiple times if you do not pass the first.
Step 4: Print your Certificate, Card & Picture ID Badge
Once you have completed the test and paid the fee, you will be able to print your newly certified food handlers card.
Step 5: Provide your employer with a copy of your certificate
** Print out multiple copies of your certification or save the file to your desktop at home. This is just a safety measure, just in case you lose your original food handlers card.
How much does the Oregon Food Handlers Card Cost?
The Oregon food handlers card costs $10. Keep in mind, you will only pay the $10 fee AFTER you receive the training and take the quiz. Once you pay the $10, you’ll then have access to the food handler card printing functions.
Card Issues: Is Your Oregon Food Handlers Card Expired or Lost?
If you lost your Oregon food handlers card, simply log back into your course provider using the same username and password as before. If you cannot remember your username or password, simply contact the course provider.
Food handler permits in Oregon expire every 3 years. To renew your Oregon food handlers card, you must re-take the state-approved course all over again, pay the $10 fee, and print your renewed food handler certification!
Oregon Food Handlers Practice Tests & Study Resources
For your convenience, we’ve put together the best Oregon food handlers card practice tests. These quizzes generally are almost identical to the questions that you will have on the final exam.
Other Helpful Resources
Feel free to use all of the following resource as you take your online food handlers exam!
- The Oregon Food Safety Training Manual (PDF)
- Oregon Food Sanitation Rules (PDF)
- Oregon Food Safety Training Videos