US States

The Safe Food Handler program meets the food handler certification requirements in many US states including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, and West Virginia. The program also meets certification requirements as found in many county, city, and other local jurisdictions.

The states referenced below either require or recommend food handler training. Remember you should always consult your own local codes and guidelines for latest updates.

  • Connecticut  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Delaware  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Maine  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Maryland  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Massachusetts  — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • New Hampshire  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • New Jersey  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • New York  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Pennsylvania  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Rhode Island  — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Vermont  —Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Alabama — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Florida — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Georgia — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Kentucky — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • North Carolina — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • South Carolina — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Tennessee — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Virginia — The State of Virginia does not have specific requirements for food safety training, although they do require the person in charge to be able to demonstrate food safety competence. Some jurisdictions (e.g. Norfolk, Portsmouth) have adopted their own rules and may not accept an ANSI Certificate. Check with your local Environmental Health department to make sure you are receiving the correct training.
  • West Virginia — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets the food handler training and certification requirements in West Virginia. Some counties may have special rules or instructions that effects the regulatory use of your certificate.
  • Arkansas — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Kansas — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Louisiana — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Mississippi — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Missouri — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Oklahoma — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Texas — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets state-wide requirements for ANSI-accredited food handler course training, assessment, and a three-year certificate.

    Texas State Senate Bill (SB) 1089 of the 85th legislature (2017) amends Health and Safety Code Chapter 438 to establish that a food service worker trained in a food handler training course accredited by the American National Standards Institute or Department of State Health Services is considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting requirements and has reciprocity throughout the State of Texas.

    It goes on to say that a local health jurisdiction may not charge a fee or require or issue a local food handler card for a certificate issued to a food service worker who provides proof of completion of an accredited course.

  • Illinois — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets state-wide requirements for ANSI-accredited food handler course training, assessment, and a three-year certificate. See FAQs on Illinois Public Act 098-1566.
  • Indiana — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Iowa — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Michigan — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Minnesota — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Nebraska — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • North Dakota — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Ohio — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • South Dakota — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Wisconsin — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Alaska — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Idaho — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Montana — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Oregon — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Washington — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Wyoming — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Arizona — Under ARS 36-136 (H)(4)(g), you are required to obtain a food handler's card or certificate, as required by your county.

    Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets ANSI-accredited requirements of Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, and Pinal counties.

    If your county does not require food handler training, you are still strongly encouraged to take a food handler training course.

  • California — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets California state-wide requirements for food handler training and certification, per laws SB 602 in 2010 and SB 303 in 2011.

    However it does not qualify to issue food handler cards required by the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego, which are exempt from the law based on having a previous food handler program in place.

  • Colorado — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • Hawaii — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program fully meets Hawaii's safe food handler requirements.
  • Nevada — Recommended for educational purposes.
  • New Mexico — Cogneti's Safe Food Handler program meets the food handler certification requirements as found in the New Mexico 2016 Food Code. Food handler safety training is necessary for all employees in the food service and hospitality industry.
  • Utah — Recommended for educational purposes.