Madison County Health Department
Food Handler Testing

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

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All people who work in food service establishments in Madison County are required to have a food handler card issued by the Health Department. Restaurants and other establishments must keep a copy of the card on file for every employee that handles food and drink. This includes waiters, bartenders, dishwashers, cooks, and kitchen workers. Certified food managers are not required to have a food handler card. Please note that this test and certification is valid in Madison County, Kentucky only and may not be recognized by other county health departments. It is your responsibility to check acceptability with the health department in your county.

Applicants for Food Handler Testing are given a study booklet to review, then a short written multiple-choice test. Topics include food preparation, cooking and holding temperatures, dishwashing and sanitation, hand washing procedures, chemical storage, and other information related to safe storage, preparation, and serving of food and drink. Effective July 1, 2019, tests cost $15.00, and permits are good for 3 years. Duplicate or replacement cards can be purchased for $5.00 per card.

MCHD offers Food Handler Testing at the Environmental Health office on 216 Boggs Lane in Richmond, and at the Martha Pride Community Health Center on 1001 Ace Drive in Berea.

Richmond hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
Berea hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am – 11:30 am.

Call 859-626-4249 for more information

Online Foodhandlers Course

The Food Handler test and certificate is now available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week!

The course fee is paid through PayPal with either a PayPal account or a credit/debit card. You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to use a credit card; the payment is simply processed through PayPal. If you pay the fee and cannot complete the course online, bring a printout of your PayPal transaction to our office to complete it in person.

  1. Download and study the Food Handler Manual. This is the same manual that you would study in our office. As an alternative, you may also watch the video below.
  2. When you are ready, take the test.

The certificate is your food handler’s card. Print two copies of the certificate, one for you and one for your employer. If you have any questions call Environmental Services at 859-623-7312.

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