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ServSafeServSafe® is the food safety certification course developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is one of several recognized by the Conference on Food Protection. The 8-hour course concludes with a certification exam. Iowa regulations require the person in charge of a foodservice to have demonstrated knowledge of food safety principles; ServSafe® certification is one way to demonstrate this knowledge. Certificates are valid for five years. Participants receive a coursebook. Registration is $135. 

safe foodSafeFood© Training
SafeFood is a 2-4 hour workshop that covers fundamental food safety information.  The workshop can be tailored to specific needs of the operation. Participants receive educational materials and a thermometer. Registration fee varies between $25 and $35 per person.

Review the ServSafe® and SafeFood© Training calendar or contact the Nutrition and Health Specialist near you for more information.


Summer Foodservice Short Courses
Summer short courses have been offered for Iowa school foodservice managers since 1948. These courses are co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

2014 Foodservice Short Courses Schedule and Details




June 10

ServSafe® Certification Course


June 11

HACCP 101 Workshop


June 12

Produce Safety


June 19

Manager's Update


July 8-9

Financial Management Workshop


July 29, 30, & 31

New Managers' Orientation


July 29 & 30

Healthy Meals Workshop Option - for those who have previously attended New Managers' Orientation


Most short courses will be offered at Scheman Center in Ames. Manager's Update will be held in Cedar Rapids at the Doubletree Hotel following Iowa School Nutrition Association Meeting.

To register, go to the School Meal Program Summer Short Course page, or call Registration Services at 515-294-6222. 

For additional information about these courses, contact: Sandy Fiegen, Consultant, Bureau of Nutrition Programs and School Transportation, Iowa Department of Education, 515-281-6192.


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