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Food Safety - CPFM

Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM)

Prometric's CPFM is an affordable assessment program that is accredited by both American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and offers convenient, flexible options for test takers. It has been designed alongside recognized food experts to mirror real-life situations to help food industry professionals understand critical food safety principles and successfully apply their skills at work. It is:

  • Delivered in all 50 states
  • Covers both retail and restaurant environments
  • Offered as both paper or Internet-based tests
  • Aligned with leading training programs

While this certification is usually valid for 5 years, this may vary depending on your local health jurisdiction. Some states and local jurisdictions have their own additional requirements, such as registering your certificate with the local health department or paying an additional issuance fee. For more detailed information about becoming a certified food safety manager in your state, please refer to your local health authority.

If you are interested in pursuing this certification for your professional growth, you may want to consider one of the training programs offered by some of the most highly recognized training companies in the industry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Prometric have any offerings to the food and beverage industry?

    Absolutely. Prometric provides its Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) course and exam to more than 200 clients nationwide, from independent trainers, colleges, technical schools and hospitals to restaurant chains and grocery stores.

  2. Can I self-train and take the certification exam?

    Yes! Candidates who prefer to self-teach the course content can purchase the training manual and register for an exam themselves.

    To register to take an exam at a Prometric testing center the candidate needs to call 1.800.624.2736 to register, make payment and receive an eligibility number. The following day you’ll be able to call and schedule the exam with a Prometric representative or go online to schedule the exam.

  3. How does the training work?

    The CPFM training materials are used for classroom-based, traditional instructor-led training, or the candidate may opt to utilize the materials in a self-study type environment. The Prometric website offers an easy way to find a training facility or to order materials for self-study.

    The CPFM examination is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is recognized by the Council for Food Protection and is accepted in all 50 states.

  4. What training materials are recommended to master the exam?

    The training materials that are used are referenced to the most current food code, and are therefore relevant and timely. Prometric provides and recommends the training manual produced by our Food Safety partner, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

  5. What's involved in registering for The CPFM exam, and how much does it cost to take the test?

    Taking either a paper and pencil version or an Internet-based test in a proctored environment costs $28. If the exam is taken in a Prometric testing center the cost is $48. For paper and pencil and proctored Internet-based exams, candidates need to register through their training organization, local health department or a training company with certified Prometric proctors.

    To register to take an exam at a Prometric testing center the candidate needs to call 1.800.624.2736 to register, make payment and receive an eligibility number. The following day you’ll be able to call and schedule the exam with a Prometric representative or go online to schedule the exam.

  6. How often are certification exams held, and can they be taken online, or must a candidate take it at a test center?

    Prometric doesn’t determine how often exams are held. You can take the exam in any proctored environment – either in paper format, online or at a secure test center. Exams delivered in either a proctored Internet-based testing or a proctored paper and pencil environment are held dependent upon when an organization, health department or training company with approved Prometric proctors has them scheduled.

  7. How long after taking a certification exam will it be before I know whether I passed? When will I receive a certificate stating that I passed the exam?

    When taking the exam at a testing center or in an Internet-based testing environment, the candidate will receive the results (score report) immediately upon completion. The license (wall certificate) and wallet card will be mailed within 10 days.

    If the exams are delivered by paper and pencil they must be shipped for scoring which will take longer. The license (wall certificate) and wallet card will be shipped within five business days from the time Prometric receives the exams from proctors.

 
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