Food workers to save time with online food safety tests, cards
Gary Bickett, Public Health
Vancouver, WA—Clark County Public Health now offers food workers the option of getting a food worker card online using any computer with printer and Internet connection. After passing the online test, individuals pay with a debit or credit card and print the food worker card. The cost of a food worker card remains $10, whether obtained online or in person at Clark County Public Health.
"Online testing offers residents added flexibility, allowing them to get their food worker card from the convenience of home, work, or the public library,” said Gary Bickett, food safety manager at Clark County Public Health. The food worker card is required by Washington State to ensure that all food workers have food safety training before handling food served to the public.
Food workers can access the online test at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. The test is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian and closed caption. Getting a food worker card online takes about 60 minutes, while getting one in person takes about 90 minutes.
Residents who wish to pay in cash or who choose not to take the test online can still take food handler training in person on Monday, Thursday, or Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Clark County Public Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Food workers need to re-take the test every two years to remain certified.
Public Health’s food safety program protects Clark County residents and visitors from food borne illness by testing food workers on proper food handling methods and inspecting all Clark County food establishments.