The current food safety laws in Rhode Island do not require an individual to receive a food handlers card.
It is worth keeping in mind though, that some employers or restaurant managers will require potential food handler employees to complete training regardless of state jurisdiction.
Currently, the only certification the state of Rhode Island requires is for a Certified Food Safety Manager. Food Safety Managers are typically the people in charge in the kitchen or food establishment.
Rhode Island Certified Food Safety Manager
Rhode Island’s Health Department requires that at least one individual at every establishment preparing foods must have a designated person in charge to be certified as a food protection manager. This person must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
This person must also be on-site during food preparation and serving times.
⚠️Important: Establishments which employ ten (10) or more full-time employees directly involved in food preparation must employ at least two (2) full time, on-site managers certified in food safety.
So although a food handlers card may not be required for employees, it 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 and more well rounded employee.
Food Safety Manager Training Programs and Providers
Rhode Island provides options for individuals to receive a Certified Food Safety Manager Certification both online and in-person.
You can find a list of all providers here (note: downloads as PDF).
In order to apply for your Certified Food Safety Manager Certification you must provide the following documents to the Center for Food Protection here:
- A recent photograph from the shoulders up (front view), approximately 2×3 inches in size
- An application fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars
- Certificate of successful completion of the Food Safety course
- Examination results, mailed directly from the Center approved testing company
For more information, please contact the Rhode Island Department of Health found here.