Food Worker's Certification Program

The food service industry is the fourth largest in the United States, comprising more than a half million establishments and employing some eight million people. This industry and many regulatory agencies have intensified efforts in recent years to improve food protection through educational programs designed for the food worker. Despite considerable progress in training, food-borne illness continues to be a major public health problem.

The Environmental Health Unit of Schenectady County Public Health Services is offering a ten hour Food Worker's Certification Course. The course is given in four classroom sessions.
Course Objectives:

  • Food Industry as a business.
  • Personal Hygiene: hand-washing, proper dress, sanitary habits, exclusion when ill.
  • Food Handling Practices: minimizing contact with ready-to-eat foods, use of utensils.


  • Food-borne Disease: causes, prevention, communicable diseases.
  • Food Protection: source, storage, preparation, temperature control, proper cooling and reheating, HACCP, service, transportation.


  • Equipment and Sanitation: sanitizing procedures, dish-washing, preventing cross contamination.


  • Part 14 Sanitary Code: code interpretations, updates.
  • Inspections.


Wall size certificates will be awarded to those who successfully complete the course and pass the examination.

Tuition: The $75.00 fee helps to sustain the course.

Course Times and Registration:
The course will be held at Schenectady County Community College in Room S101 of the Stockade Building. Call 386-2818 to register. Seating is limited.





107 Nott Terrace
Schaffer Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 386-2818