California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 113947.3

(a) Food safety certification required pursuant to Section 113947.1 shall be achieved by successfully passing an examination from an accredited food protection manager certification organization.  The certification organization shall be accredited by the American National Standards Institute as meeting the requirements of the Conference for Food Protection's “Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.”  Those food employees who successfully pass an approved certification examination shall be issued a certificate by the certifying organization.  The issuance date for each original certificate issued pursuant to this section shall be the date when the individual successfully completes the examination.  Certificates shall be valid for five years from the date of original issuance.  Any replacement or duplicate certificate shall have as its expiration date the same expiration date that was on the original certificate.

(b)(1) By July 20, 2008, the department, in consultation with the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, representatives of the retail food industry, and other interested parties, shall develop and implement a program for the purposes of demonstrating adequate knowledge for operators of temporary food facilities.

(2) At least one of the accredited food safety certification examinations shall cost no more than sixty dollars ($60), including the certificate.  However, the department may adjust the cost of food safety certification examinations to reflect actual expenses incurred in producing and administering the food safety certification examinations required under this section.  If a food safety certification examination is not available at the price established by the department, the certification and recertification requirements relative to food safety certification examinations imposed by this section shall not apply.

(3) At least one of the accredited food safety certification examinations shall be offered online.

(4) An accredited food safety certification examination that is provided with an in-person trainer-led class or is offered online shall be proctored under secure conditions to protect the validity of the food protection manager certification examination.

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