Illinois regulations require food establishments to have at least one Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) on staff. The University of Illinois Extension offers the Food Protection Manager Certification course and examination, which is required every five years. The University of Illinois Extension uses the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals examination, which is approved by the American National Standards Institute. Participants learn about basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination and allergens, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitation.

The Certified Food Protection Manager class will meet on Monday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Woodford County Extension Office, which is located at 109 E. Eureka Ave. The first day of the class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second day of the class, including the test, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a photo ID on the day of the exam and plan for a 30-minute lunch break.

There is a program fee of $125 per person (all sessions). This fee is for the purchase of materials and the examination. If you need materials in a language other than English, please notify the course instructor, Jenna Smith, at least 10 business days prior to the class by calling (309) 663-8306 or emailing  

Space is limited, so enroll now. For more information or to register, visit using event dates or call the Extension office at (309) 663-8306. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office.