Food Protection: Classroom

COVID-19 Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, final exams for students completing the online course are not being given at this time.

Registrations for the in-class food protection course are not being accepted at this time. You may still complete the online course.


The Food Protection Course trains individuals in food protection practices to ensure the safety of the food served in New York City's food establishments. The NYC Health code requires that supervisors of food service establishments and non-retail food service establishments be certified in food protection. Completion of this course and passing of the final exam satisfies that requirement.

The Food Protection Course is available in person in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. This course is also available for free online

Cost: $114

Frequency and Duration: The course is 15 hours long and is given over five days and each daily session is 3 hours long. It will usually start on Monday and end on Friday.

When Monday is a City holiday, classes begin on Tuesday, end on Friday, and each daily session will be three hours and 45 minutes long.

Languages available:

  • English - classes are held twice a day: 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm.
  • Chinese and Spanish - classes are offered twice a month from 5pm to 8pm.
  • Korean - one evening class is held each month.
  • Bengali - one class is held each month.

You can study for this course by accessing the Food Protection Course Training Manual (PDF)
Other languages: En Español | 繁體中文 | 한국어 | বাংলা

Participants who complete the Food Protection Course and pass the final examination are issued certificates. Final exams are given on the last day of the class. Students passing the exam will be given their certificate that day.