There are 3 options to gain the Initial Sanitation Training if it was not completed before hire:
Option A: The Institute of Child Nutrition’s “Food Safety in Schools”
8-hour online self-paced training
This training will transfer only among Child Nutrition programs; it is not portable to restaurants or other establishments requiring Food Safety certification.
|Title of Training||Developing and/or Sponsoring Agency||Classroom or Online||Fee Requirement||
|Food Safety in Schools||Institute of Child Nutrition||Classroom or Online||No||* 5 years|
*In order to receive credit, a copy of the certificate verifying successful completion of training must be submitted to our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Dept. of Public Instruction, CNFD, 600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept. 201, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 OR by fax to (701) 328-9566. Please identify the name of the site where you work. This may be the daycare, a school district, an RCCI, etc. CLICK on Register - upper right-hand corner of your screen
To access the course “Food Safety in Schools” on the Institute of Child Nutrition website:
- CLICK on Register - upper right-hand corner of your screen
- Fill out your account information and write down your username and password so you will be able to log back into your account—CLICK on Next
- Enter information to Register as a New User – Click on Register
- CLICK Course Catalog – Green Box in Middle of the Page
- Scroll Down to “Food Safety in Schools” Course (the icon/picture for this course has a steam table pan of green peas with a spoon in it) – Click on Enroll
- Click on Blue “Enroll” Box in Right-hand corner
- In Pop-Up Box - Click on “Start Learning Now” in middle of screen
- Online Learning Video will be displayed – Click on “Start Learning Now” on either the video or on the right-hand side of the screen showing the contents of the course.
- You can Download the Instructions for Completing Online Courses and navigate through Lessons.
- If you don’t have enough time to complete the course in one sitting, you will be able to stop and then return to the place at which you stopped. (You will need to know your username and password.)
- If you are interested in becoming SNA certified, you can use this 8-hour sanitation class along with the Nutrition 101 class also provided on the ICN website for level 1 SNA certification.
Option B: A past recording of ND Food Safety and Sanitation available on YouTube
8-hour youtube video self-paced training
- The class can be taken by clicking on each of the seven lessons below and listening to the narrated slide show.
NOTE: You must write the code on the certificate for validation that you completed all lesson plans. The code will be provided throughout the lesson plans.
Please review the following documents referred to in the lessons before watching.
North Dakota Food Code (Reference in Introduction) - Printing not needed - 96 pages
FDA's Database for Foodborne Illness Risk Factors (Appendix A in Lesson A)
Common Foodborne Illness / Bacteria and Viruses (Appendix B in Lesson A)
Self Reporting Procedure Handout (Appendix C in Lesson B)
Temperature Control Record (Reference in Lesson C)
Lesson A- The Sanitation Challenge
Lesson B - The Safe Food handler
Lesson C - Receiving and Storage of Safe Food
Lesson D- Protecting Food in Preparation
Lesson E- Clean Kitchen Savvy
Completed Certificates may also be emailed to email@example.com
Option C: Certified Food Manager Training Exam
Alternative Private Training that can replace the 8-hour Sanitation Training
Some local health units do not accept the “Food Safety in Schools” course as initial sanitation training as it is not ANSI-certified. Please check out the ND Department of Health website under the ‘Food and Lodging’ section for a list of 6 companies offering Food Safety training courses that are approved by all North Dakota local regulatory authorities. Click here to go to the Food Employee Food Safety Training page of the North Dakota Department of Health’s Food and Lodging Office.
The companies offering the trainings that are accepted by NDDPI Child Nutrition and Food Distribution for Lead Foodservice Worker requirements include: National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, Learn2Serve, Ready Training Online, ServSafe, StateFoodSafety.com and The Always Food Safe Company.
These companies offer their training courses for a fee ranging from just under $100 to almost $300. Most also have an added fee to cover the cost of their exam. Trainings are offered online or in-person classroom. Some offer their exams on-line as well, but most require a proctor to be present when the exam is written. Be sure to check out all the companies to identify the one that best fits your needs
In order to meet our school nutrition program requirements, a copy of the certificate verifying successful completion of training must be submitted to our office by mail to Dept. of Public Instruction, CNFD, 600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept. 201, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 OR by fax to (701) 328-9566. Please identify for which child nutrition program you work.
On-Line Sanitation Update—3 Hour (SANU)
Lead food service workers, usually the manager, at each site are required to complete SanU every 5 years after initial certification. If you need to renew, please view the training below. There is a required worksheet within the presentation that must be filled out and sent in. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take the Online 3 Hour ND School Kitchen Sanitation Update Training.
(This does not count as the initial-hour course, however, it does count for professional development.)
Sanitation Update through First District Health Unit (FDHU): www.fdhu.org
(FDHU Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Renville, Sheridan, Ward)
All food employees in the 7-county area of FDHU are required to take a ‘Food Safety for Food Service Employees’ class. This is a 4-hour class, in-person or an 8-part online training after which a test must be successfully passed. The training will count for a Sanitation Update if the certificate of completion is sent to the NDDPI CNFD office.