ServSafe® California Food Handler Training

People holding food

A CA Food Handler Card is required by law.

Employees who handle food must have a California Food Handler card on file with their employer within 30 days of hire. Employees must complete the 90-minute training and pass the exam with a 70% or higher to obtain a card. This training and test meets the requirements of California’s food safety law SB 602.


Important Update for 2024

Starting January 1, 2024, California law requires that employers purchase food handler training and exams on behalf of their employees. Before making a purchase, please check with your employer on how they prefer to provide you with your food handler training and exam.



Online Training

The ServSafe® California Food Handler program includes an interactive course and a 40-question exam. It’s $9.99 and approximately 90 minutes. Offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Food handlers will have to complete a registration process in English to access the course.

For San Diego residents, the program is $12.99.

Take the online training – California

Take the online training – San Diego Only



Key themes covered

Basic food safety

Time + temperature

Cleaning + sanitation


Personal hygiene

Private Training* 

A certified instructor will come to your establishment with all the necessary equipment and training materials. The instructor will lead a 90-minute training followed by a 90-minute written exam. Contact Macy Fitch at 916.431.2751 or

*Private training is for CA Food Handler Card only; excludes San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.


Materials needed for this training

  • Scantron Answer Sheet $11 per registrant
  • Food Handler Workbook (suggested) $16 per registrant
Single Private Training
CRA member Price
Non-member Price
Maximum 100 employees


Two Same-Day Private Trainings*

50 employees

Additional employees after 50

*Max of 100 employees per session.
(200 per day)







Three Same-Day Private Trainings*

50 employees

Additional employees after 50

*Max of 100 employees per session.
(200 per day)









Become an instructor or proctor

Managers, shift leaders and owners can easily register as an instructor with ServSafe® to administer the food handler training and test to employees. For more information visit, or contact Macy Fitch at