Safe Food Handler

Certificate Program


Safe Food Handler is an ANSI accredited program (Accreditation ID 1243) you use to earn a food handler certificate.

The certificate program is designed for self-guided use on a web browser or mobile device. No in-person classroom access is available at this time.

You access the certificate program from three kinds of devices:

  1. From a web browser application go to
  2. From any iPhone or iPad download ‘Safe Food Handler’ from the App Store
  3. From any Android phone or tablet download ‘Food Handler Certificate’ from the Google Play Store

Each Safe Food Handler certificate program application delivers the same Certificate Program, with the same licensing, sign-in credentials, and ANSI-accredited certificate.

The applications guide you quickly thru seven levels of instruction, quizzes, and examination (assessment). The apps also manage registration, licensing, and issuing of the certificate and eBadge.

Participation Requirements

Here is what you need to use the Safe Food Handler Certificate Program.

  • Have access to a web browser, an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet.
  • Know how to use the browser or mobile device to access the Safe Food Handler certificate program.
  • A valid email address so you can register with the program and authenticate your name and email address.
  • Payment of the program license fee ($15 or less). Payment is made within the certificate program app.
  • A ‘seat time’ of approximately two hours to learn, quiz, and complete the examination (assess your learning outcome).

NOTE:  Safe Food Handler is the name of the app on iTunes and the App Store for Apple iOS users. For Android users the program app is called Food Handler Certificate when downloading from the Play Store.

Program Steps to Completion

All steps must be completed. There is no provision for partial work or previous experience.

  1. Access the Safe Food Handler Certificate Program
    1. From a web browser application go to
    2. From any iPhone or iPad download ‘Safe Food Handler’ from the App Store
    3. From any Android phone or tablet download ‘Food Handler Certificate’ from the Google Play Store
  2. Use the LEARN function to view the seven levels of course instruction. For each level read the material and practice your recall by taking a quiz. Do this several times to increase your recall and skill. Experienced food handles may simply need a quick review.
  3. Complete a ten-question QUIZ for each of the seven levels of instruction.
  4. Pass the EXAM with at least a 70% score. If you do not pass an exam, you must complete additional quizzes before attempting another exam.
  5. When you pass the exam, you will be issued a course certificate valid for 3-years along with an eBadge. The eBadge works as a handy and portable form of the course certificate. The eBadge includes a unique number that anyone can use to verify your certification at the  website.

Training Accelerators

The certificate program has special features called training accelerators that will speed up the learning process.

Accelerator 1: Use Coins and Peeks to immediately locate the right information to answer any quiz question – a great way to quickly learn!

  • Earn Coins by reading subject views.
  • Redeem Coins for Peeks.
  • A Peek button shows just the right information needed to answer a quiz question.

Accelerator 2: A Skill Level shows the expected learning outcome for each course level. The skill level is a result of your subject coverage and measured recall when you complete a quiz.

  • Skill Level is re-calculated each time you take a quiz.
  • Use the quiz a few times and get closer to 100%.
  • Your goal is a Skill Level of Expert.

Accelerator 3Quiz Time measures the time you took to complete a ten-question quiz.

  • Aim for a fast Quiz Time (two minutes or less!). This can be done by practice and repeat use of the quiz.
  • Fast quiz times show confidence and easy subject recall.

Accelerator 4Page View Tracking will check off the course pages that you’ve viewed. This helps you track what you’ve read and what you haven’t.

Post Certificate Activities

  1. Issued Certificate: When you pass the exam, your course certificate is issued. It identifies you by name and shows an expiration date. It also has a unique badge ID that can be used to validate the certificate at
  2. eBadge: You can email, print, order a laminated form, or otherwise use the eBadge. It serves as portable evidence of the Safe Food Handler certificate. The eBadge is sent to your email address. Save it.
  3. Re-Issue Course Certificate: The Safe Food Handler certificate expires after three years. You may obtain a re-issued course certificate, by completing all steps of the program again. You will have to complete the quizzes on all seven course levels and, yes, you’ll also need to take and pass the exam.
  4. Practice and Skills Maintenance: The Safe Food Handler app is a tool to practice and maintain your skills any at time and any place. If you forget the holding time for food at a catered event, you’ve got the answer in your pocket on your phone. The app is a reference for you to use.

General Program Notifications

  • Cogneti, LLC does not receive any commercial or third-party support in the creation of the SFH certificate program. The awarding of a certificate is based solely on the individual performance of the student.
  • The program content is up to date as of 2017 FDA Food Code and all applicable supplements
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