Employees at licensed food establishments who cook, prepare or handle food, or who wash dishes or clean food contact equipment, are required to complete and pass an approved food education course.
Below is the current list of approved food education courses. Be aware that there are food education courses available on the internet that claim to be approved for North Dakota but are not. The only approved courses are those that are listed on this page.
For those food employees that do not speak English, an approved food safety training is available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Cambodian at the following link:
This is the food safety class that is only valid for food employees at temporary food establishments. This course is only valid for employees at those establishments that operate for 14 days or less at a single event. If you have any questions about whether this course will fulfill your food education requirement, contact the Minot office and speak to an inspector.
After watching all four parts, an appointment must be made to take the test by calling the Minot office.
The Food Safety in Temporary Establishments course is taught on site on the Thursday before the opening day of the North Dakota State Fair and on the Tuesday before the opening day of the Hostfest. The classes are located in the atrium on the second floor of the ND State Fair Center (across from the ticket offices). Just a reminder, all food employees (including those that are volunteers) that work at food establishments at the ND State Fair and at the Hostfest are required to have food safety cards prior to performing any tasks, and must have those cards on their person at all times while in the food establishment.
Certain food establishments located in the First District Health Unit are required to have a person in charge at all times who has taken and passed an approved Certified Food Protection Manager course. This requirement will apply to all establishments that are: 1) classified as risk level 2 or higher, and that 2) have 10 or more food employees.
The following courses are approved for meeting this requirement:
More information about accredited programs and for the most current list, click here.
If an individual wishes to have a food education course added to the list of approved courses, they must submit the following for approval
If an individual wishes to get approval for a course that they have already taken, but that does not appear on the approved courses list, they must:
For questions regarding approval of a food education course, or to begin the process of getting a course approved, contact Lisa Westman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 837-5124.