Food Manager Certification

About the Course

A certified food service manager is required at most food service establishments. The certification process occurs when individuals demonstrate through a certification program that they have met specified food safety knowledge standards. The certified food manager is responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations and is authorized to take appropriate preventive and corrective actions. This individual is knowledgeable about foodborne disease prevention, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, and code requirements and is prepared to take actions to ensure that the Code’s objectives are met.

The certified food manager’s card is valid for five years and should be renewed prior to expiration. Managers that have been certified in another city or have successfully completed an approved course in food protection and who wish to work in Norfolk are no longer required to register in Norfolk by showing certification documents and paying a transfer fee. For more information call 757-683-2712.


Participants can register for any class by calling 757-683-2709. Registration at least three weeks in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available in the desired class. By mail checks can be made payable to:
Norfolk Department of Public Health
830 Southampton Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Registered participants may pick up the course manual prior to the course start date between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is encouraged since it will allow time for the student to review materials prior to class.


  • Food Manager Course: $175

Test Language Availability

The test is available in several different languages including Spanish, Modern Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and English.

You must request a foreign language examination at least two months prior to attending class to allow for delivery time.

Cancellation Policy

Participants must call to cancel at least two business days prior to their scheduled class date to receive a refund. There is a non-refundable administration and materials fee of $45 for the Certified Food Manager course.

Transfer Policy

Participants must call to cancel at least two business days prior to their scheduled class date to request a transfer into a different class. Participants can only transfer once. No refund will be issued after a transfer has been requested.

2024 Food Manager Certification Class Schedule

Classes are given at the Norfolk Department of Public Health, located at 830 Southampton Avenue, on the third floor in conference room B/C. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 757-683-2712.

The two-day course is held from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • January 9 & 11
  • February 13 & 15
  • March 12 & 14
  • April 9 & 11
  • May 7 & 9
  • June 11 & 13
  • July 9 & 11
  • August 13 & 15
  • September 10 & 12
  • October 8 & 10
  • November 12 & 14