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Washington Food Handler Certification

We asked 125 job seekers about their Washington Food Handler Certification. This is what they told us:

  • 57% of job seekers said "required for my current job" was the biggest reason for earning their Washington Food Handler Certification
  • 45% said earning their Washington Food Handler Certification helped them make more money
  • 70% said earning their Washington Food Handler Certification helped them get a job
  • 92% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their Washington Food Handler Certification

Washington Food Handler Requirements

In the state of Washington, all food service workers–including those who prepare, handle or serve food or who come into contact with utensils or food contact surfaces–must earn a Food Worker Card. Food Worker Cards are administered by each county’s health department. Training and testing can be done online or in person. Cards must be earned within 14 days of starting work. 1

Every food service establishment must also have a designated person in charge during all hours of operation. The person in charge must be able to prove their competency in food safety by having no current or previous violations, being a Certified Food Protection Manager or answering all food safety questions posed by a health inspector. 2


References

1. “Food Worker Card”. Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved on January 15, 2020.
2. “Washington State Retail Food Code”. Washington Administrative Code. Retrieved on January 15, 2020.


Editorial content last updated: April 2020

What are people saying about getting a Washington Food Handler Certification?

Did this certification help you make more money?

Based on 125 responses

45% said earning their Washington Food Handler Certification helped them make more money

Did this certification help you get a job?

Based on 125 responses

70% said earning their Washington Food Handler Certification helped them get a job

Would you recommend this certification?

Based on 125 responses

92% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their Washington Food Handler Certification

Why did you decide to earn your Washington Food Handler Certification?

Based on 125 responses

Required for my current job

57%

Make more money

11%

Changing careers

6%

Get an edge over other candidates

14%

Help my career progression

24%

Other

26%

What was your job title after earning this certification?

Based on 89 responses

Cook View jobs

10%

Server View jobs

6%

Crew Member View jobs

4%

Customer Service Associate / Cashier View jobs

4%

Bartender View jobs

3%

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

83 people answered

“Very easy, useful information in work and at home.”

March 10, 2021

“Having this certification will absolutely be helpful if you're looking for a job in the food industry because you will most likely have to get the certification once you get a job anyway.”

Jan. 1, 2021

“Many employers are looking for this certification”

Nov. 30, 2020

“Many employers are looking for this certification.”

Sept. 17, 2020

“It is very helpful to take notes during the videos.”

Aug. 21, 2020

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

96 people answered

“Pay attention; these skills are useful!”

March 10, 2021

“Pay attention to detail on sanitation and it’s importance.”

Feb. 1, 2021

“Pay attention to detail on sanitation and it’s importance.”

Feb. 1, 2021

“It's fairly simple and doesn't take too much time.”

Jan. 1, 2021

“Make sure you watch every video and take good notes”

Aug. 21, 2020