The Allegheny County Health Department has released its fall schedule of food protection certification courses for food industry workers.
The two-day course will be offered October 2 and 9 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department; October 22 and 29 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland; November 3 and 10 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Uptown; November 30 and December 7 at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.
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 on November 20 at the Hampton Banquet Hall in Richland. 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.
A certification challenge exam, with no instruction, will be given from 2 to 3 p.m. on September 26, October 10 and 24, November 7 and 28, and December 5 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, call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (2243) or visit its web site at www.achd.net.