All Retail Food Establishments (RFE) and Wholesale Food Establishments (WFE) must have one manager or supervisor that is a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Certifications must be obtained through an ANSI-CFP accredited course. Food handler cards or other food safety certifications that do not meet ANSI-CFP Food Protection Manager standards are not acceptable. Courses and testing can be completed in-person, online, or through a combination of both.
Montana law does not require food handlers to complete a food safety course or obtain any sort of certification. However, these courses are still highly recommended as they provide basic food safety training that is specifically for food establishment staff. These courses are shorter and less intense that the food manager courses and are quite inexpensive, typically around $10.
The Cascade County MSU Extension office currently offers in-person ServSafe Food Handler classes. For information on upcoming classes and prices, go to the Cascade County MSU Extension website or contact Katrin Finch at (406) 454-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many companies offer online courses. As Montana does not require food handler certification, you do not have to choose an accredited course. However, accredited programs offer high quality training that meets food safety standards throughout the country.