Food Handler Certification

Notice: Starting August 4, 2021, members of the public and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks while indoors in publicly accessible areas. Please contact program for more status information. NEW OFFICE HOURS! Starting on June 1, 2021, the office will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. We have moved back to the Public Services Building, 155 N First Ave in Hillsboro. We are now in Suite 170.


Information and Testing Schedule

Food service workers need to know safe food handling methods to reduce foodborne illness risk. The Food Handler Certification Program provides an opportunity for food handlers to learn about food safety to assist them in assuring that food from public facilities is safe to eat.

Food service workers at a restaurant, bed and breakfast facility, temporary food event, or selling prepared food at a fair or farmers' market are required to obtain a food handler card within 30 days of beginning work. A food handler card is valid for three years and is accepted in all Oregon counties. The cost is $10. If you have a valid manager training certificate, it is accepted instead of a food handler card. If you have a food handler card issued from another state, it is not valid in Oregon.

The term "food handler" means those persons involved in the preparation or service of food in a restaurant or food service facility licensed under ORS 624.020 or 624.320. This includes, but is not limited to, cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, bartenders or bus persons.

Online Testing

Online testing in now available through a partnership with Lane county.

Food Safety -- Your Self-Training Manual (Food Handler Manual)

Manager Certification & Training

In addition to Food Handler training, Washington County offers Food Safety Certification and Training for managers. Classes are available upon request.  Please contact the Environmental Health Program Educator to enroll or for information. Please see the State's list of approved Manager Certification & Training programs for additional classes.