What is the difference between a food manager certification and a food handler certification?

A food manager certification is designed for management-level employees responsible for overall operations in a food establishment. The certified food protection manager certification includes a comprehensive proctored exam covering complex food safety principles and a focus on Active Managerial Control to reduce foodborne illness risk.

A food handler certification is designed for front-line employees involved in the handling of open foods. Food handler courses cover basic food safety principles and may include a review/exam to check for employee understanding of basic food safety principles.

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