Louisiana Food Safety Certification

State Regulations

The owner or a designated employee of each food establishment shall hold a food safety certificate from the department exclusively on behalf of that food establishment.

Certification Exam


Approved Certification Exams

ANAB-CFP Accredited Certification exams such as ServSafe, NRFSP, Always Food Safe, AboveTraining, 360 Training, and Prometric

Food Safety Training Requirement

8 hours

Certificate Renewal

5 years

Additional Requirements

To obtain the food safety certification, you must submit the following to the health department:

  • A completed application to the Retail Food Program
  • Evidence of successful completion of an approved training program and written examination
  • $25 fee for each certificate

Note: State and local government employees are exempt from this fee.

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Online Training and Exam Options

  • First Time or Renewal
  • Instant Results Available
  • Available in English and Spanish.


Is there a minimum training requirement?

Yes all students must do at least 8 hours of training. Premier customers can purchase the online training or the study guide which meets the 8 hour study requirement.

Do I have to register with the Louisiana Department of Health after I pass my exam?

Yes. Once you have completed your training and passed your food safety exam, please complete the FSC Application form. You will need to provide a copy of your food safety certificate and a check for $25 payable to the Department of Health and Hospitals (D.H.H.).

Can I take the food safety exam online at home?

Yes! The ServSafe Exam is now available online. Our packages allow you to schedule the exam for the date and time of your choice and connect with a ProctorU live proctor who will administer the exam remotely.

How do I renew my certificate?

To renew your certificate, you must take the food safety certification exam once again and pay the $25 application fee to the Health Department.