Food Manager Certification MN (CFPM)

How to become a Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager


Role of a Certified Food Protection Manager MN

In Minnesota each food restaurant/food institution must have at least one full-time employee with a food manager certification MN. A Minnesota certified food protection manager (CFPM) is a director for the establishment’s food safety team who is responsible for:

  • Identifying any food contamination risks in the daily operation of the establishment
  • Developing and executing arrangements and techniques to avoid foodborne sickness
  • Managing the staff food safety training to guarantee there is always one person in charge(PIC)* present whenever food is being handled
  • Guiding food handling activities and correcting problems as needed, to guard the health of the consumer
  • Conducting intermittent in-house inspections of operations to ensure that staff adheres to all food safety policies and procedures

 * Note – Some jurisdictions require a certified food protection manager MN to be present at all times the business is open and operating.



How to Get a  Food Manager Certification in MN

Food Manager Certification MN

Minnesota Food Manager Certification (CFM)

Questions about the initial certification contact:



Steps to become State Certified:

  1. Complete a Safe Food Training Certification course and exam
  2. Complete the state paperwork
    • Complete the MN Initial CFPM application form
    • Include a copy of your exam certificate proving that you passed the exam
    • Enclose payment amount as specified on the form made payable to Minnesota Department of Health
  3. Mail information to the State – Send the application form, a copy of your exam certificate and payment to the address on the state application

Tip: We suggest you keep copies of your documents



Food Manager Certification MN Training Options

Safe Food Training is one of the private training companies approved by MN Department of Health to conduct food manager certification classes and proctor the examinations.

In business since the mid 90’s, we offer regular classes at several convenient locations in and around the Twin Cities, including:

  • Bloomington
  • Burnsville
  • Chanhassen
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Elk River/Otsego
  • Minneapolis
  • Mounds View
  • Plymouth
  • Roseville
  • St. Cloud
  • Woodbury

We can also customize a class to meet your organizations specific needs.

All in-person classes are taught in English, however, we provide the tests in several different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. We also provide on-line CFPM training that can be taken at you leisure in English and Spanish. We are proud that over 90% of our students pass the food safety certification MN exam on their first try!

How to become a Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager