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New Mexico Food Handler Certification

We asked 15 job seekers about their New Mexico Food Handler Certification. This is what they told us:

  • 73% of job seekers said "required for my current job" was the biggest reason for earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification
  • 67% said earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification helped them make more money
  • 67% said earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification helped them get a job
  • 100% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their New Mexico Food Handler Certification

New Mexico Food Handler Requirements

In the state of New Mexico all employees who are responsible for food preparation or handling, including employees who touch utensils and food contact surfaces, must obtain a Food Handler Card.1 Additionally, at least one employee of every food service establishment must be a Certified Food Protection Manager. The person in charge at the time of a food inspection must prove their competency in food safety and the prevention of foodborne illnesses by holding the Certified Food Protection Manager designation, by having no current or previous food violations or by correctly answering all questions posed by a food safety inspector.2

All required certifications for food handlers and food managers in New Mexico must have been earned through an ANSI-accredited training and certification program.3


References

1. “Food Program: Food Handler”. New Mexico Environment Department. Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
2. “Food Program: Regulations Home”. New Mexico Environment Department. Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
3. “New Mexico Food Code”. NM Environment Department Retail and Manufactured Food Field Guide. Retrieved on January 15, 2020.


Editorial content last updated: April 2020

What are people saying about getting a New Mexico Food Handler Certification?

Did this certification help you make more money?

Based on 15 responses

67% said earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification helped them make more money

Did this certification help you get a job?

Based on 15 responses

67% said earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification helped them get a job

Would you recommend this certification?

Based on 15 responses

100% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their New Mexico Food Handler Certification

Why did you decide to earn your New Mexico Food Handler Certification?

Based on 15 responses

Required for my current job

73%

Make more money

13%

Changing careers

7%

Get an edge over other candidates

7%

Help my career progression

33%

Other

13%

What was your job title after earning this certification?

Based on 14 responses

Bartender View jobs

21%

Restaurant Staff View jobs

14%

Prep Cook View jobs

7%

Night Team Member View jobs

7%

Assistant Manager View jobs

7%

What do people wish they knew before earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification?

12 people answered

“Laws and regulations required by the state of New Mexico for serving/bartending.”

Feb. 1, 2021

“I had just relocated from Illinois when I first learned I needed the certification here in New Mexico so I wish I had researched it before so I would have been better prepared.”

Jan. 1, 2020

“This certification was a requirement for my employment. I found it to be very informative.”

Dec. 19, 2019

“How awesome the information was and how much this course had to offer.”

Dec. 19, 2019

“I wish I knew, it would help progress my future. It is a very useful certification for a lot of jobs.”

Oct. 11, 2019

What advice would you give to someone interested in earning their New Mexico Food Handler Certification?

13 people answered

“These certificates will help you acquire new positions within the food service industry.”

Feb. 1, 2021

“Make sure you study, especially if you are new to the industry.”

Jan. 1, 2020

“While earning this certification be sure to take notes.”

Dec. 19, 2019

“It was a simple course and was loaded with important information.”

Dec. 9, 2019

“Do your very best and focus on all the proper procedures for ensuring food and health safety. Also to make sure every times you learn a new task to make a mental note of how it needs to be done.”

Oct. 11, 2019