ANSI (also known as The ANSI National Accreditation Board or ANAB) is an organization that offers accreditation to companies that provide training to employees.
In other words, ANSI tests the testers. They prove that the organization giving you a food handlers or managers test has passed their strict guidelines of thorough food handling procedures.
ANSI is the largest food handlers accreditation body in North America and provides services in more than 75 countries.
What is an ANSI Certificate?
Because ANSI has a very strict accreditation process for organizations who wish to provide food handling testing, the ANSI certificate proves that you have the highest level of knowledge when it comes to food safety.
The credential awarded to candidates is based on successful completion of a training or educational program and allows you to state on your resume that you have completed the training.
What States Require ANSI?
As of 2020, there are 7 states that require ANSI testing. They are as follows:
What Programs are ANSI Certified to provide Food Handling Cards?
The following list of providers has been accredited by ANSI to provide food handler license testing and training.
Note: Some of the following providers have a very narrow focus. For example, some providers have become accredited simply to test their internal companies rather than the public. Below the following list, we point out a few providers that we believe are worth your time if you would like to be tested.
What Programs are ANSI Certified to provide Food Protection Manager Testing
If you want to take your learning one step further, ANSI also offers accreditation of Food Protection Manager (FPM) testers.
A Food Protection Manager, or simply “food manager,” is an individual who has a supervisory or managerial role in a restaurant.
Similar to food handlers, food managers are not required to be licensed in every state, although they more often than not are. You can check your state requirements on our homepage.
The test is often more rigorous and costly, but if you are serious about becoming a manger in your establishment, it is a must.
The following Food Protection Manager testing providers have been accredited by ANSI:
As we stated above, not all testing providers are equal. While some focus primarily on B2B (business to business) testing, others are simply out of date or difficult for online testing.
The following are providers that we believe are (1) easy to use for the consumer, (2) affordable, and (3) informative.