​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Below are descriptions of classes offered by the Health Division. Most classes are free or low-cost. Not all classes are offered at all times. If a class is not listed​, call 800-848-5533 to find out when the class will be offered in the future.​

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Basic Food Safety Class,
The Basic Food Safety Class is offered monthly and designed to teach basic food safety fundamentals to food service personnel. The class focuses on the 3 main causes of foodborne illness and ways to control them.
Pre-registration is required

Please call the office of choice below to register:

  • Southfield Office at 248-424-7190 
  • Pontiac Office at 248-858-1312

This class does not satisfy Oakland County's Management Certification requirement. For information on Management Certification classes, please see below or call 248-424-7190.

Food Service Manager Certification,
View the Food Service Manager Certification class schedule and select a location and time that is convenient for you. Call 248-424-7190 for more information.

Consider Hosting a Class!
We are looking for facilities to host our certification classes. We need rooms that can accommodate at least 30 people with classroom style seating. If you are interested, please contact the training staff at 248-424-7190.

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Frequently Asked Questions

On November 15, 1999, Article IV of the Oakland County Sanitary Code went into effect. The intent of this Article is to safeguard the health of the public by regulating the operation of food service establishments in Oakland County and requiring successful completion of a Food Service Manager Certification Program by designated food service personnel. If you have more questions about Article IV, please call 248-424-7190.

How will this affect your existing business?

Within five years of the effective date of Article IV, all food service establishments operating in Oakland County are required to have at least one employee/staff member per business site who has successfully completed a Food Service Manager Certification Program, which meets Michigan criteria.

Which training programs are acceptable?

Programs offered through Oakland County Health Division, the Michigan Restaurant Association, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, or a Food Service Manager Certification program offered through a Michigan community college, college or university that meets Michigan criteria for Food Service Manager Certification.

How do you get certified?

To register for a Food Service Management Certification course through Oakland County Health Division, call 248-424-7190.

How does this affect new establishments?

Any establishments that open after the effective date of the Article, including change of ownership, must have a Certified Foodservice Manager prior to opening.

How do you get your ServSafe E-Certificate?

If you have taken a course through ServSafe, you may now get an electronic copy of your certificate which can be emailed or printed. Please visit, go to "My Exams" and you will see an option to download your certificate.

What are the requirements if the Certified Foodservice Manager leaves employment?

In this case, the operation is allowed three months (90 days) regain compliance with this code. Any establishment without a Certified Foodservice Manager must immediately notify the Oakland County Health Division.

How will Oakland County verify Manager Certification?

Certificates must be presented to the sanitarian upon inspection.

How are duplicate certificates obtained if lost?

To obtain a duplicate certificate from the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), call 517-482-5244 or write to the Michigan Restaurant Association, 225 West Washtenaw, Lansing, Michigan, USA, 48933.

To obtain a duplicate certificate from the National Restaurant Association (NRA), call 800-765-2122.

To obtain a duplicate certificate from ServSafe, call 800-765-2122 or visit
Food Service Manager Recertification,

​This course is designed for students who have already received a certificate from a previous food service management certification course and need to become recertified due to an expired certificate. This course covers the same material as the 16-hour course; however it is in an abbreviated format. The class is designed to have four (4) hours of course lecture and review.

Who may attend

Restaurant operators, food service managers, or anyone interested in food service sanitation that has prior certification is welcome. If a certificate is more than ten (10) years old, it is recommended that the full 16-hour certification course be taken. Students MUST provide a copy of their previous certificate from a State of Michigan approved food service management certification course at the time of registration.


Attendance is REQUIRED for the duration of the class. Late arrivals will be required to re-enroll in another available recertification course.

Class time

All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. with an hour lunch break around 12:30 p.m. The exam will start immediately following the lunch break. See schedule below for class dates.


Once enrolled for a class, there will be NO refunds. Students are not permitted to transfer to another class unless arrangements are made 10 days prior to the start of the class they are enrolled in.

To register

Complete the registration form and mail or deliver to OCHD with the appropriate fee and a copy of your previous certificate. Classes fill quickly, therefore, early registration is recommended.

It is recommended that students pick up a book prior to class. Books can be obtained at any of our three offices listed below.


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