Certified Food Safety Manager


A Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM) is a full-time employee of one specific food service establishment; this person has a Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) issued certificate. The CFSM certificate is issued to the individual not the facility. The individual may serve as the CFSM for one facility only.

Below is a list of some course providers, be cautious you are taking a Manager Certification course and NOT a Food Handlers course. A Manager Certification course will end with you taking a proctored exam and receiving a “Nationally Accredited Food Protection Certificate.” The certificate signifies that the employee has completed a food safety and sanitation course that has been approved by OPH. The course must have been completed within the past five years.

Nationally recognized courses and exams are listed below and must be completed every five years.
1. National Registry of Food Safety Professional
2. Prometric
3. National Restaurant Association (ServSafe)
4. 360training.com
5. StateFoodSafety

Exemption Requests

Food establishments limited to non-potentially hazardous food items may not need a CFSM. Exemption requests to this requirement must be made in writing and submitted to OPH for approval. The request should include the name and address of facility, purpose, and a list of food items sold and it should be signed and dated by the owner / manager. If the exemption is granted then OPH will issue the facility an exemption certificate.


Individuals must complete the Reciprocity Application in order to receive an OPH certificate after completing an OPH approved course within the past five years.

It is your responsibility to get certified every 5 years, reminder letters will no longer be sent out.