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Detailed Information for : Food Manager
Initial certification as an operator or manager of a food establishment.  
License Type:
Five years from the date of issuance, if applying within 12 months of successfully passing the approved examination.   
Taking and passing a state approved examination.  In most cases, exams are included as part of the certification course.  For information about available courses, call (608) 266-2835 or (608) 261-8361 or e-mail us.

Read more about the following examinations that are approved for manager certification:

Required Documentation:
  • Proof of passing an approved exam,
  • the fee, and
  • a completed application
Additional Information:
For information about state to state reciprocity, please call (608) 266-2835 or e-mail us.  
Application Form(s):
For an application packet, contact (608) 266-2835 or e-mail us.  
Wisconsin Statutes:
Chapter 254.71, Wisconsin Statutes, Certification of Food Protection Practices.  
Administrative Rules/Codes:
Wisconsin Food Code, chapter 12  
Contact Information
Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Food Safety and Recreational Licensing
Home Page:
E-mail :
Hours of Operation:
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday  
Mail Address:
PO Box 2659, Madison, WI 53701  
Street Address:
1 West Wilson Street, Room 150, Madison, WI 53702  
Agency Web Site:
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For additional assistance with business-related license, permit and registration information, visit the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at or phone them at 608-263-7680.