Maryland ServSafe Certification

State Regulations

Each food establishment must have a certified food manager on site during all hours of operations. The Food Manager Certification must be obtained from an approved and accredited program.

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


Certificate Renewal

3 years

Other Regulations

Some counties require you to submit a copy of the original certification and payment of an application fee for the issuance of a local ID card.

Please check with your local health authority for additional criteria.

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In-Person or Online Training and Exam Options

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


Is there a minimum training requirement?

Not at the State level. However, specific counties have additional requirements, such as completing a county-based application and paying a fee. Please contact your local regulatory authority for information.

Do I have to register with the Health Department or get a card after I pass my exam?

Yes. After passing an approved and accredited food manager exam such as ServSafe, present the original certificate as well as a government issued photo ID to your local Health Department. Please note that some counties require you to pay an application fee.

What training and certification options do you offer in Maryland?
  • Online or In-Person Food Manager Training: Choose from in-person, live classes with an food safety expert or a self-paced online training course, which incorporates media-rich learning experiences: graphics, audio and interactive learning exercises. We strive to offer our students maximum flexibility when choosing the training option that best suits your needs.
  • Online Study Guide: A comprehensive study resource which covers many of the important core FDA food concepts. The study guide also includes Top 5 Tips to Passing the Food Manager Exam and Practice Exam.
  • Food Manager Exam: We offer the nationally accredited ServSafe Exam, which is administered either in-person at the end of each of our classes, or online by a registered proctor with ProctorU. Attend any of our scheduled classes, or schedule the certification exam for a date and time of your choice and take it from the comfort of your home. Get your results the same day!