Food Manager Course

The accredited Food Manager Training Course helps food establishment managers understand and stay up-to-date with the complex and ever-changing subject of food sanitation. Participants will learn about Washington State Food Code Chapter 246-215 and better understand its regulations. Successful participants receive a five-year Food Safety Manager Certificate from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and a five-year Washington State Food Worker Card.

Course topics include:

  • Who is the Person in Charge (PIC)
  • Demonstration of knowledge by the Person in Charge (PIC)
  • Microbiology basics
  • Prevention of foodborne illness
  • Hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles
  • Time and temperature relationships
  • How to conduct the Self-Inspection Program (SIP)

People who successfully complete the certified course and pass the accredited exam will meet "Demonstration of Knowledge" requirements.

People who wish to take this accredited course and become certified to participate in the Self-Inspection Program (SIP) must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete the course and pass the test; and
  • Conduct monthly self-inspections and submit them to the Health Department quarterly.

People are also welcome to take the course for educational purposes only.

Benefits to Food Establishments

  • Increase profits through better sanitation
  • Motivate workers through Self-Inspection Program (SIP)
  • Understand food service regulations and how to prevent foodborne illness
  • Meet person in charge (PIC) requirements
  • Five-year Washington State Food Worker Card


The course is taught by Amanda Peters, RS, Environmental Health Specialist II and Carolyn Bassett, RS, Environmental Health Specialist II. Please contact them at (253)798-7677 or (253) 798-4526 with any questions.

Class Schedule

  • Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
  • Wed., April 26, 2017
  • Wed., July 26, 2017
  • Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Indicate the session you would like to attend on the application. You must attend the entire session and pass the final exam to become certified.

Your study materials will be available for pick up at the Health Department three weeks before class. Bring all materials with you to class.

Class size is limited, early registration is highly encouraged. Registration and fees must be received in our office 30 days before the class date.


The registration fee for the course is $175, non-refundable. This includes the cost of all materials.


Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's Auditorium
3629 South D Street
Tacoma, WA 98418

For More Information

Call (253) 798-6460.