Which Food Certification is Right For Me? - Thornhill Training

Food Handler vs. ServSafe Food Manager vs.Texas Certified Food Manager

Texas Food Handler Program

ServSafe® Food Manager

Texas Certified Food Manager

Where Accepted
State and Local Jurisdictions
Everywhere in Texas
Time Valid
2 Years
5 Years
5 Years
Who must be certified?
Employees who work with unpackaged food, food equipment, food utensils or food contact surfaces.
*The managers in charge.
The managers in charge (*minimum).
Exam Administered


*IMPORTANT:  Some national companies require and only accept the ServSafe® Manager certification program.

Check with your company to see if ServSafe® is required rather than Texas Online Manager certification.


  • A Food Handler is a Food Establishment employee who works with unpackaged food, food equipment, food utensils or food contact surfaces. Examples include; food prep, cook, dishwasher and wait staff.
  • A ServSafe® Food Manager needs to know the concepts of food safety and their role in providing food safety knowledge to their employees. In addition, they must create opportunities for on-going food safety training.

Note: The requirements may vary depending on the local requirements in your area, and possibly your own organization’s standards. In Texas, some local jurisdictions; certification is valid for two or three years. You should follow the most stringent guidelines.
Your local jurisdiction may require further registration and fee. Check with your local regulatory authority for details.


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