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Food Safety Manager Exam (Live Proctor EXAM ONLY)

Food Safety Manager Exam <small>(Live Proctor EXAM ONLY)</small>
Certificate Valid For:  5 years
Available Languages:  English, Spanish
Completion Time:  2 hours

Course Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

*** Live Proctor EXAM ONLY ***

An in-person Proctor is Required when taking the Food Safety Manager Exam. You cannot proctor your exam. Someone in your Company/School will need to Proctor Your exam. You must pass the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam to receive a certificate.

If you would like to become a proctor through TAP Series click here. There is no cost to become a proctor.

Food Safety Manager Exam Checklist

Congratulations on completing the TAP Food Safety Manager Course! Here's a list of things to remember in order to make your Food Safety Manager Proctored Exam experience as smooth as possible.

  • Bring your identification to the examination. Acceptable identifications are unexpired government issued photo & signature bearing identification in the test taker's name (driver's license, state photo ID, military identification, student ID or valid passport).
  • Review your study material within 48 hours of taking the online exam.
  • Take the exam in the same language as your course.

Note: The requirement can change. Please refer to your TAP Exam email.

About This Course

The Food Safety Manager must take a proctored exam.

TAP is very excited to inform our consumers on how to become a Certified Food Safety Manager. To begin, you'll enroll in the Food Safety Manager course, which will prepare you for the proctored exam. Once you've completed the course, you'll take the proctored exam online, requiring a person to oversee it. To facilitate this, you can obtain an exam voucher for $28.00. This voucher covers the exam fee. For proctoring, someone from your company or operation can serve as a proctor at no additional cost and supervise your exam. You'll have two opportunities, if needed, to pass the exam using this method. Anyone can become a proctor, including coworkers, managers, or friends. Please note that relatives, family members, or spouses are not eligible to proctor the exam using this method. Please note that relatives, family members, or spouse will not be able to proctor the exam. Proctor Registration. For additional information and answers to common questions, you can refer to this link: FAQ.

Please be aware that TAP Series cannot guarantee that your employer offers in-house proctoring. To confirm whether your employer provides this service, we recommend discussing it with your supervisor before completing your purchase. If you plan to use your employer's in-house proctoring service, make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule your exam. Please remember you will have two attempts to pass the exam, if you don't pass the applicate will have to wait 90 days to retake the exam.

Alternatively, proctored exams can be taken at designated test centers. You can find a list of test centers at this link: Test Centers. The exam is administered by Serosae, and they charge a fee of $80.00 for a single exam. This is the locations for the Test Centers: US States

The process to follow is as follows:

Step 1 :
Purchase the Exam Voucher.
Step 2 :
Have an individual become a proctor.
Step 3 :
Proctor the exams for your employees.

Guideline for HELP :
For additional information and answers to common questions, you can refer to this link: FAQ.

If you wish to become a proctor, you can use this link to register: Proctor Registration.

To maximize your chances of success, it's crucial to complete the entire training course before attempting the examination.

It is important for our consumers to understand the importance's of passing the Food Safety Manager courses and following the steps with the proctor requirements.

Thank you very much and I hope TAP was helpful.

Course Facts

food manager assumes the critical responsibility of ensuring the safety of patrons by supervising the secure storage, meticulous preparation, and impeccable service of food within the establishment.

This role entails passing a rigorous proctored examination that validates their comprehensive understanding of food safety protocols.

Upon successful passing their proctor exam, the test taker receives their Food Safety Manager Certification stating to the public they demonstrated the
appropriate knowledge to effectively manage and uphold food safety practices within their operation.

The exam is closed book. You will be responsible for adhering to the all rules explained by the proctor.

Each exam is 80 questions

You must successfully pass the examination to receive your certification

Your certification is valid for a period of up to five years

Different states and jurisdictions have different regulations regarding food manager certifications.

The certification is accepted throughout the United States and meets regulatory requirements

Examinee Code of Ethics

To take the proctored exam you must provide a valid government-issued photo ID.

You  must pass the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam to receive a certificate

Topics Covered

The following are the areas that will be covered in the exam along with the number of questions in each content area:

Preventing Contamination and Cross-Contamination

Ensuring Personal Hygiene and Employee Health

Actively Managing Controls in a Food Establishment

Monitoring the Flow of Foods

Ensuring Product Time and Temperature

Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

Managing Cleaning and Sanitizing Activities

Managing the Physical Food Establishment and Maintenance

What You'll Learn

The certification program offered by TAP Series through our partnership with Always Food Safe meets the criteria set forth for certifying a Person in Charge, as outlined in the FDA Food Code.

To become certified as a Person in Charge, individuals must demonstrate their proficiency as food protection managers by completing a certification program approved by the Conference for Food Protection. This program must meet Conference for Food Protection standards and be evaluated and listed by a recognized accrediting agency. 

The purpose of the certification exam is to evaluate whether candidates possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to competently fulfill the role of  a food safety manager

The Food Safety Manager Certification Exam is available in English or Spanish and is administered as a proctored, closed-book exam consisting of 90 questions. Eighty of these questions are scored, while an additional 10 serve as pilot questions for research purposes only. Each question is multiple-choice, with four options provided, and only one correct answer. The exam is exclusively offered electronically via computer, tablet, or smartphone, with a two-hour time limit.


Q: Who needs the Food Safety Manager Certification?

It is a legal requirement in multiple states and counties to have at least one staff member Food Manager trained and on duty at any time in your business. This course equips managers with the information, know-how, and skills required to supervise the handling of food in the workplace in a safe manner throughout preparation, serving, and storage. Being a Certified Food Protection Manager is one of numerous ways to demonstrate food safety knowledge, which is required by many jurisdictions, which also may specify that the Food Manager pass a test from an approved certification program.

Q: Is TAP Always Food Safe certification the same as other food safety manager exams?

Yes! The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), Learn2Serve (, ServSafe (National Restaurant Association), and Prometric all offer food protection manager certification programs. The Always Food Safe Company's food protection manager exam is an exact match to those programs. Our exam is ANAB recognized, demonstrating that it satisfies the necessary national standards for Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.

Q: What is a food manager certification?

A food manager is in charge of ensuring that food is prepared, served, and stored in a way that keeps customer safe. They are certified to oversee food safety procedures in the kitchen after passing a test demonstrating their proficiency in food safety procedures.

Q: How long is the food manager certification good for?

The certificate is valid for up to five years from the date of the exam.

Q: Are the different food manager exam forms the same as each other?

All exam forms are what we call equivalent. Each form of the Always Food Safe Company, Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is equivalent in difficulty and content to other exam forms. The forms were constructed by a highly respected psychometrician with an advanced degree in measurement and testing, and in addition, we call on the expert help of many experienced Food Protection Managers, (Subject Matter Experts). Each exam form goes through many processes to ensure that it is equivalent. That way you can be assured that whichever exam form you receive, it will test your knowledge equally and fairly.

Q: How can I renew my certification?

The renewal process differs by state. Check with your local health department.

Q: How long will it take to get certified?

Total training time: 8 hours. Either finish the entire course or only focus on the material you need to review. As necessary, stop and start. Practice the exam to be ready for the Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. Limit of two hours for the exam. The exam is frequently finished in 60 minutes or less by test takers.

Q: What is the minimun passsing score to be certified?

The minimum passing score is 70 percent.

Q: What should I bring to the test site?

You MUST bring one valid government-issued ID with a photo and one valid signature. On the same ID, the photo and signature are possible.

Acceptable Forms of identification include:

  • Valid state driver’s license
  • Current passport
  • Current military identification
  • Valid state identification with photo
  • Valid Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Document or Alien Registration Card

Q: How many attempts do I have to become certified?

The maximum attempt to retake the exam is 2. After the second attempt, the student must wait 90 days before they can retake the exam.

Q: Do I need a seperate electronic device for proctoring an exam or taking the proctered exam?

Yes. Both the procter and Test Taker must be on seperate electronic devices when taking the proctered exam.

Q: What is a proctor?

Role of the proctor

A proctor will physically be present to administer the examination and will be responsible for:

  • Verifying your identity
  • Conducting secure exam logins
  • Ensuring proper exam administration and security