In Wisconsin there aren’t any state regulations in place that require an individual to receive a Wisconsin food handlers permit.
However, it is important to keep in mind some employers, cities, or counties will require food handlers to complete training regardless of state jurisdiction.
⚠️ Wisconsin considers the average four-hour food handlers class simply as “general education”. Be careful of the various websites trying to convince you on the internet claiming that it is required.
The only certification that IS required for some individuals in Wisconsin is for the Certified Food Manager.
Wisconsin Certified Food Service Manager Requirements
In Wisconsin, licensed food establishments must have at least one manager or owner/operator certified in food protection practices on site at all times.
Wisconsin currently accepts the following food manager certification exams:
- 360 Training Inc
- Prometric Inc: Certified Professional Food Manager Course Examination
- National Restaurant Association: ServSafe (SS) Course Examination
- Environmental Health Testing, LLC: Food Safety First Principles Course Examination
- Above Training/State Food Safety
For a list of groups and organizations that provide courses and state-approved examinations for food manager certification please download this PDF.
- All exams MUST have a proctor. For online courses, you must discuss exam arrangements with the course provider
- As of January 1, 2015, recertification courses will no longer be accepted. All certifications will require passing an approved exam.
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 Official site of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection here.