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Culinary Safety and Sanitation



From dishwasher to executive chef, food truck owners to café servers, California law requires that all food handlers have a California Food Handler Card. A food handler is defined by law as a person who works in a food facility and performs any duties that involve preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility. It is required within 30 days of hire and renews every 3 years from the date of issue in the state of California.

The College of the Canyons/Rising Scholars program provides a free, online, non-credit course In Culinary Safety and Sanitation taught by a certified ServSafe instructor under the guidelines of the National Restaurant Association. Training and exams are ANSI-CFP accredited and approved for California.

The course:
• Verifies basic food safety knowledge
• Delivers up-to-date regulatory information
• Includes the SERVSAFE FOOD HANDLER TEST and Servsafe Food Handler Certificate and
Card upon successful test result of at least 70%

• NC.CUL 001 CULINARY SAFETY AND SANITATION: 16.00 - 24 hours Prepares students to take the ServSafe exam. Introduces principles of food safety and sanitation in a food service operation. Topics include sanitation regulations, personal hygiene,contamination sources,microorganisms, proper food handling techniques and storage, comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing, and workplace safety concepts.

Registration Instructions

To register for these courses, you must be an existing student or apply to be a student at the college.

New students start here   Current students start here

For Questions Call 661-362-3320 or email