All food establishments in Fayette County are required to have a Certified Food Manager on duty at all times of operation. Classes and certifications are offered at least monthly by the Environmental Health office. Pre-registration and prepayment are required in advance of the class date to guarantee a spot. Classes are limited to 35 participants and fill up quickly, so do not delay in registering. Please note that the location of the food manager class has changed to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room, 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508.
Initial certification classes run 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $55.
Certification is valid for three (3) years. Recertification may be done through the streamlined recertification class, which runs 8:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $30.
Lapse of certification for more than 1 year requires attending the full certification class.
Attendees must present a picture I.D.. The lecture and written exam are provided in English. Translators are permitted to accompany a participant as needed.
Download the Food Manager Class Registration Form and see class dates:
Fayette County was the first jurisdiction in Kentucky to require all food service establishments to be operated by a person certified in food safety and hygiene. The local Board of Health passed this requirement in 1987.
The goal of this educational program is to provide training in safe food handling procedures and personal hygiene, thus preventing the occurrence of foodborne diseases.