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Information on Arizona Food Handler Cards

For those who are looking to acquire a food handler's card or certificate in the state of Arizona, you must report to and check with the specific county in which you will be working. Each of the state's 15 counties provides food handler's cards for foodservice workers in their jurisdiction. Maricopa and Pima Counties are the largest of the 15, with the strictest rules and most thorough examinations.

There are three basic types of food handler's certificates in the state of Arizona. These consist of the following:

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  • • Food Service Worker – Required for all workers in foodservice establishments serving the public throughout the state.
  • • Volunteer Certificate – This is a certification just for those who are serving food in a volunteer setting.
  • • Certified Food Service Manager – At least one certification is required at each establishment serving food throughout the state.

The cost for each of these certifications is between $5 and $16 and can be purchased at the county Department of Health. For many of the volunteer certifications there is no fee.

View A List of Arizona Foodservice & Sanitary Agencies.

The following agencies provide information about food service certification and food handler's cards throughout the state of Arizona including the cities of Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye town, Bullhead, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Flagstaff, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Marana, Maricopa, Mesa, Oro Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Queen Creek, San Luis, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista, Surprise, Tempe, Tucson, Yuma.

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Certifications for many counties can be obtained here:

Maricopa County Environmental Services
1645 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Pima County Environmental Services

Cochise County Environmental Services

Coconino County

Apache County

Gila County

Graham County

Greenlee County

La Paz County

Mohave County

Navajo County

Pinal County

Santa Cruz County

Yavapai County

Yuma County

For additional county information, see the Arizona Food Handlers site at:

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