The law also stipulates that one training course must be available to all employees at a cost of no more than $15 to ensure affordability and prevent hardship. Once the $15 option is established, employees may opt for subsequent training courses that may cost more. Employers are not required to pay for any time and expense incurred by employees while participating in training and testing unless a food facility provides in-house training and testing during normal working hours.
The law also requires that all employees have access to an examination costing no more than $60, including the certificate. Again, employees can choose to take subsequent examinations, which may be more expensive, from other companies. The assessment exam must consist of at least 40 questions, and a minimum score of 70 percent will be required for employees to receive the certificate/food handler card. The exam may be taken online or at an approved facility. Unlike the current ANSI/CFP certified food manager online or manual examinations, which require that the applicant be proctored at an approved testing center, the new law for handlers does not require proctoring.