Required Training for Texas Food Handlers

Food workers in Texas can earn their state-required food hander certification and wallet-sized food handler card by completing the Texas Online Food Handler Program.

The two-hour online course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and you can instantly download and print your food handler card and certificate after completing your training. The course has no quizzes or final exam, so you're guaranteed to pass!

The Texas DSHS requires this training for employees who work unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces. You'll learn about a wide range of food safety topics that prevent contamination and foodborne illness, including hygiene practices, cleaning and sanitization techniques, proper food storage and time and temperature controls.

Texas Online Food Hander Course Details

Food Handler Training

Satisfies Training Requirements for:

Texas DSHS-accredited food handler training


Accredited by:

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Texas Food Employees

Designed for:

Texas food employees

Cert and Card


Instant digital certificate and wallet-sized food handler card

Online Course


100% online course



24/7 customer support

TABC Certification Bundle

If your employer requires TABC certification to sell or serve alcohol, you can purchase our discounted course bundle that includes the Texas Online Food Handler Program and the two-hour online Texas Seller-Server Training course.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) strongly recommends TABC certification training to ensure all workers understand state laws for alcohol sales and effective strategies to prevent sales to minors and intoxicated customers.

» Learn more about the TABC certification course

What's Covered in the Texas Food Handler Course?

Our Texas DSHS-accredited food handler course includes five modules on food safety. You'll learn about a wide range of topics, including:

  • Good hygienic practices
  • Foodborne illnesses
  • Hair restraints
  • Preventing employee food contamination
  • Cross contamination
  • Proper food storage
  • Frequency of cleaning
  • Cleaning vs. sanitizing
  • How to clean and sanitize food equipment and utensils
  • Proper cooking temperatures
  • Food thermometer use and calibration

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a Texas food handler certification?

Food service employees who work with unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils or food contact surfaces must earn their food handler certification within 60 days of starting work. This training requirement is outlined in Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER).

How do I get a food handler certification in Texas?

You can obtain your Texas food handler certification in three easy steps:

  1. Register for our 100% online course.
  2. Complete the two-hour training program at your own pace on any web-enabled device.
  3. Download and print your Texas food handler card and certificate immediately after completing the course.

If you lose your proof of certification or need to print another copy, you can access your certificate anytime by logging back into your account.

Who is exempt from food handler training in Texas?

According to the Texas DSHS, workers exempt from food handler training include Certified Food Managers, employees at food establishments serving only pre-packaged items and workers at temporary food establishments under DSHS jurisdiction.

The following individuals are also exempt while under the direct supervision of a Certified Food Manager or someone holding a food handler certification:

  • Individuals with an intellectual disability
  • People in a rehabilitation or correctional facility that work with food or food-related items as part of their rehabilitation
  • People who aid in activities of daily living, such as nurses and certified nurse assistants
  • People who distribute pre-portioned food items in classrooms, daycares and similar facilities
  • Volunteers who work with food or food-related items but are not employed by the food establishment

How long do I have to complete my training after starting a new job?

Under Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) ยง228.33, all food employees must complete an accredited food handler training course within 60 days of starting employment.

Is this course ANSI accredited?

No, this course is not accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is accredited by the Texas DSHS and accepted in most Texas jurisdictions. Some areas may require food handlers to complete an ANSI-accredited course within 60 days of employment.

Will my food handler card expire?

Your Texas food handler certification will expire two years after the issue date. It is your responsibility to retake a Texas DSHS-accredited food handler course before your certification expires.

What happens if I lose my food handler card?

All students have lifetime, 24/7 access to their course certificate. If you lose your Texas food handler certificate or card, simply log into your account and print a new copy.