CPFM Practice Test

Certified Professional Food Manager

CPFM Practice Test

CPFM is a low-cost assessment program that is accredited by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and provides test takers with simple and flexible options. It was created in collaboration with renowned food specialists to reflect real-life scenarios in order to assist food industry professionals in understanding important food safety principles and successfully applying their knowledge in the workplace.

The CFM Program accredits and licenses training programs for those who are new to the food business and require certification. The DSHS also permits Test Sites to administer the food manager’s examination to persons who have adequate experience in the food sector who wish to take it.

The American National Standards Institute – Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) accredits examinations given through training programs and test venues. National reciprocity is granted to CFM credentials obtained from these providers. Internet examination providers are likewise licensed under the CFM Program. These providers’ CFM credentials are recognized throughout the state.

CPFM Exam Requirements

On January 7, 2010, the DSHS stopped administering the CFM exam. After that date, individuals must take the CFM exam through a CFM training program or an examination provider. The American National Standards Institute – Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP) or the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) accredit CFM tests offered by training programs and examination providers. National reciprocity is granted to CFM certificates issued by ANSI-CFP providers. State reciprocity is granted to CFM certifications obtained through DSHS providers. Training records or CFM certifications provided by certified examination providers or training programs are not kept by DSHS. For information on CFM credentials, please contact the examination providers or training programs directly.

To register for a CFM training program or exam, do not apply or submit money to DSHS (Application Fees are Non-Refundable). The DSHS does not offer CFM training or exams, nor does it issue CFM certificates. Food enterprises that are licensed by a local health jurisdiction should contact that jurisdiction for information on their food management certification requirements.

Acquire CPFM Certificate

Passing a DSHS or ANSI-CFP certified food manager certification exam is required to earn the certification. Any approved examination provider or training program can administer the food manager certification exam. For a period of five years, the certification is valid.

County health departments, public health districts, and city health departments must recognize certificates issued by the DSHS as meeting the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 438, training and testing requirements.

CPFM Examination Providers

• Test Sites

– A test site is a physical location where a DSHS-approved Internet exam or an ANSI-CFP examination is administered. The licensed test site can provide you with test schedules and locations. Those who have sufficient understanding of the food industry are eligible to take the CFM exam, which is offered at test centers. A CFM certificate is granted upon successful completion of the examination and is valid.

• Internet Examination Providers

– Internet examinations are DSHS-approved examination delivery systems for food manager certification that use the Internet. Those who have sufficient knowledge of the food sector and wish to take the CFM examination can do so through online examination providers. A CFM certificate is granted upon successful completion of the examination and is valid.

• ANSI-CFP Examination Providers

– ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection have collaborated to accredit organizations that provide food protection manager certification. The DSHS recognizes this program, which is based on the Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standards. The CFM examination is offered by ANSI-CFP examination providers to persons who have sufficient knowledge of the food industry. A CFM certificate is granted upon successful completion of the examination and is valid.