The Allegheny County Health Department has released summer schedule of food protection certification courses for food industry workers.
The two-day course will be offered July 22 and 29 at Shaler Area Middle School in Shaler; August 4 and 11 at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills; August 26 and September 2 at Charles Morris Nursing Home in Squirrel Hill; and September 19 and 26 at Embassy Suites in Moon.
The course teaches the importance of food safety along with techniques designed to prevent food contamination and outbreaks of food poisoning. The Health Department requires facilities that prepare foods to have at least one certified worker on site during operating hours.
The fee is $60 for anyone who lives in Allegheny County or works in a food facility in the county and $75 for others. A three-year certification is awarded to those who complete the course and pass the exam.
A one-day refresher class for workers whose certification has expired will be offered September 12 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department. The fee for the recertification course, including the exam, is $55 for people living in the county or working in a food facility here and $70 for others.
The certification exam, with no instruction, will be given from 2 to 3 p.m. on August 10 and 24, and September 7 and 21 at the Health Department's Food Safety Division in Lawrenceville. The one-hour exam, which is for those who already have had food safety training, is $40 for those who live in the county or work in a food facility here and $55 for others.
Discounted culinary student fees of $40 for county residents and $55 for non-residents are available for the certification course and refresher class.
For more information, please call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (2243) or visit its web site at www. achd.net.