Food manager certification training slated for July 31 and Aug. 8 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer two food manager certification training courses – one July 31 and one Aug. 8 – in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., San Antonio.

The course will run from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with a certification exam given after the completion of the classroom instruction, said Dr. Connie Sheppard, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Bexar County.

Traings for food

Two food manager certification trainings will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in San Antonio – one July 31 and one Aug. 8. The training is for food managers and other professionals in the restaurant and food service industry. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

During the training, food-service managers will learn about: identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling; preventing contamination and cross-contamination of food; personal hygiene for employees; complying with government regulations; maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings; and controlling pests.

Sheppard said other benefits of the training include increased customer satisfaction, improved relationships with health officials, and prevention of bad publicity and lawsuits due to foodborne illness.

The cost is $115 and covers training, the “Food Safety: It’s Our Business” course book and the Certified Professional Food Manager examination. The cost for taking the certification test only   is $60.

Attendees must bring photo identification to take the exam. A registration form can be found at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/ under the Family and Consumer Sciences tab.

For information on program registration, refunds and substitutions, contact Julie Prouse at 979-458-2080 or jlommert@ag.tamu.edu.

Checks or money orders should be made out to: Food Protection Management Training Act. 230202. Mail completed registration form and check or money order to: FPM, 114C Kleberg 2253 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2253.

For more information on the course, go to http://foodsafety.tamu.edu/ or contact Sheppard at 210-467-6575 or csheppar@ag.tamu.edu .

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