Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Training and educating employees in best practices for food handling, allergens, and workplace behavior is always a challenge for restaurant owners and managers. 

The ServSafe programs, developed by the National Restaurant Association, are designed to offer America’s restaurants standard training programs that are recognized across the industry. ServSafe training and certification is recognized by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification. The program is current with federal and state regulatory requirements and ensures that the certification prepares employees to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety.

ServSafe Manager

    Designed for owners, operators, managers, and supervisors of foodservice facilities, including caterers, the ServSafe Manager class is available online or in a classroom setting. VRLTA offers classes throughout the state throughout the year;  see the current schedule here. During the class, students will learn about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees in food sanitation. Upon successful completion of the course and exam, participants become ServSafe Certified as a Food Safety Manager and earn a nationally accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association. The ServSafe Food Safety Training program leads the way in providing current and comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry. More than 4 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Conference for Food Protection (CFP). 

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ServSafe Food Handler

    This course is geared toward food handlers, supervisors, servers, suppliers, and students. The program offers important safety and training information for both front- and back-of-the-house employees of restaurants, catering facilities, and other foodservice locations. Students will learn basic food safety practices for preparing and serving food. The class is available in a classroom setting or online. Students who pass the examination successfully will receive food handler certification from the National Restaurant Association.

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ServSafe Alcohol

    The ServSafe Alcohol certification is a complete and convenient responsible alcohol service training solution. The course is designed for managers, bartenders, servers, bouncers, hosts, and other FOH staff. Materials have been developed by the National Restaurant Association and experts who have experience with the risks involved in serving alcohol (specialists in regulatory agencies, law, insurance, medicine, law-enforcement, restaurants and academia). ServSafe Alcohol materials reflect scientific research in an easy-to-understand format. Classroom and online training options are available. 

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ServSafe Allergens

    Are you protecting the health of your guests coping with food allergies? Did you know that common foods like peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat, shellfish and fish cause most allergic reactions or that studies indicate that half of all fatal food allergy reactions begin outside the home? Some states have – and more are expected to – pass legislation requiring food allergy training. The interactive ServSafe Allergens Online Course provides the protection you need. It drives home the critical lessons your employees and managers need to know before an emergency occurs. The course covers topics such as defining food allergies, recognizing symptoms, identifying allergens, the danger of cross-contact, and proper cleaning methods. The information is designed to be useful to both FOH and BOH staff.

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ServSafe Workplace

    ServSafe Workplace is a new suite of training programs that focuses on creating and sustaining a safe and appropriate work environment for all employees. The programs are rooted in the cultural and social issues affecting today’s restaurant and hospitality work environments, and focuses on mitigation and management of issues associated with the work and safety of employees and will assist in strengthening every establishment’s stance against harassment in the workplace. Two components are available: 

    • Understanding Unconscious Bias in Restaurants – this interactive program was designed specifically for employees and managers working in food service. Developed in conjunction with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), the course shines a light on this issue with realistic scenarios meaningful to your staff.
    • Sexual Harassment Prevention for the Restaurant Industry is an interactive program designed specifically for employees and managers working in food service.

    ServSafe Workplace equips employees and managers with training to help manage emerging risks and advance the positive culture of the foodservice and hospitality industries. The programs combine online training to create consistent messaging, while providing additional free resources such as breakroom posters, videos, and discussion guides to reinforce key training points.

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