Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)


CFPM course cancellation information found at Initial and Renewal Process.


Renewal Modification Ending for Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Credential
Minnesota Session Laws 2020, Chapter 74, Article 1, Section 13, allowed the Commissioner of Health to temporarily delay, waive, or modify Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626, that governs the requirements for food and beverage service establishments. Effective March 13, 2020, one of these modifications allowed an additional six (6) months after expiration of the credential for CFPM renewal applicants to complete their four (4) hours of continuing education in food safety. With the peacetime emergency declaration ending July 1st, 2021, this renewal modification will end August 30th, 2021.

What this means for CFPM renewal applicants with credentials expiring after August 30th, 2021

Individuals with CFPM credentials expiring after August 30th, 2021, must:

  1. Complete 4 hours of continuing education in food safety on or before the expiration of their credential.
  2. Within six (6) months of expiration of their credential:
    1. Submit a completed Food Manager Certification Renewal Application (PDF),
    2. Application fee ($35), and
    3. Proof of continuing education to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The Minnesota certified food protection manager (CFPM) is a leader for the food establishment’s food safety team. The CFPM is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as meeting specific training requirements, and helps reduce the risk of foodborne illness by demonstrating safe food handling practices and sharing food safety knowledge with the food establishment’s employees. MDH administers the Minnesota CFPM program for MDH, MDA and delegated agencies.

Minnesota Food Code

CFPM requirements for food establishments, exemptions, initial and renewal training requirements, and certification process

CFPM Fact Sheet

Information about CFPM duties in Minnesota, required training, initial and renewal certification, approved exams, application forms and frequently asked questions

Initial and Renewal Process

A description of required training, approved exams for initial certification, downloadable applications, and other useful tips


Instructor qualifications, continuing education course requirements, and application for instructors and courses

Tools and Resources

CFPM look-up (search by name or FM number), initial course, exam and continuing education search tool, downloadable CFPM applications, and other helpful resources for CFPMs, CFPM instructors and environmental health professionals

CFPM Requirements

All food establishments are required to employ a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM), except for those listed under the exemptions.

Updated Monday, 04-Oct-2021 13:55:18 CDT