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Madison County Health Department
Food Handler Testing

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

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All people who work in food service establishments in Madison County are required to have a food handler card issued by the Health Department. Restaurants and other establishments must keep a copy of the card on file for every employee that handles food and drink. This includes waiters, bartenders, dishwashers, cooks, and kitchen workers. Certified food managers are not required to have a food handler card.

Applicants for Food Handler Testing are given a study booklet to review, then a short written test. Topics include food preparation, dishwashing and sanitation, hand washing procedures, chemical storage, and other information related to safe storage, preparation, and serving of food and drink. Tests cost $7.00, and permits are good for 3 years. Duplicate or replacement cards can be purchased for $2.00 per card.

MCHD offers Food Handler Testing at the Environmental Health office on 216 Boggs Lane in Richmond, and at the Martha Pride Community Health Center on 1001 Ace Drive in Berea.

Richmond hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
Berea hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Friday, 8:00 am – 11:30 am.

Call 859-626-4249 for more information


Online Foodhandlers Course

The Food Handler test and certificate is now available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week!

You must use a supported browser. You can test your browser from the TRAIN home page. See instructions below.

The course fee is paid through PayPal with either a PayPal account or a credit/debit card. You must use a supported browser to take the course and complete the online test. Kentucky TRAIN is fully compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher. Using Kentucky TRAIN with Apple Safari or any other browser may create errors. The online test may not work properly in other browsers. If you pay the fee and cannot complete the course online, bring a printout of your PayPal transaction to our office to complete it in person.

Pay the Fee

  • Go to PayPal and pay the $7.00 course fee. You will be given a transaction number when you complete the payment. Print or write down the transaction number. You will need this number to register for the course.

Create Account on TRAIN

  • Follow the instructions to create a new account.

  • Click on Create Account.

  • On the first page, enter your information. For "Title", enter Food Handler. For "Organization", enter the name of your employer (McDonalds, Wendys, etc). For "Department/Division", enter Food Services.

  • On the second page, click the "Select Groups" button beside "State Portal". Select "Madison" as the County and "Food Services" as the Agency.

  • On the third page, select "Food Services/Facilities Management Staff/Housekeeper" as your Professional Role.

  • On the fourth page, select "Private Industry" as your Work Setting.

  • On the sixth page, select "No" for Professional License. Save and return to the Home page.

Prepare to Take the Module

  • On the left side of the Home Page under "Announcements", click the "Next" link until you see "Computer Compatibility". Click the "Module Support" icon and watch the brief video about how to take an online module.

  • After you watch the video, close the YouTube window and go back to the TRAIN home page. Type "compatibility" into the box that says "Search by keyword or course ID" and click the magnifier glass to search. When the results appear, click the "Computer Compatibility" link at the top of the search results. Click on the Computer Compatibility icon that appears and follow the directions. This will run a series of tests to confirm that your computer can run the TRAIN modules. Click the link to run the manual Popup Blocker test.

  • If your computer passes all tests, return to the TRAIN home page. If your computer does not completely pass the tests, you cannot continue with the course online. You must take the written test at one of our office locations.

Complete the Study Module

  • Enter Course ID number 1026553 on right hand side of screen and click the Magnifying Glass button.

  • Click on the Madison County Health Department Food Handler Module.

  • Read the Course Details. Click the Registration tab, enter your PayPal receipt number and your employer. Click Launch.

  • After you have worked through the class, click the "Close this Module" link.

Take the Test

  • Go to the TRAIN Home page. Click on the "My Learning" link on the right side of the page.

  • Click on the "Current Courses" button. Do not click on the course name.

  • Find the name of the course and click the "M" button in the Manage column.

  • Click the "Completed" button.

  • Click "OK" in the warning window that pops up, then click the "Assessment" button.

  • At the first screen of the assessment, you can click the "Open Book" button to open the course in a new window. Use this to look up answers to questions that you aren't sure of. Go back to the assessment window and click the "Start Assessment" button to begin the test. The test is 20 questions drawn randomly from a question pool. You will not get the same test that your coworkers had.

  • When you successfully pass the assessment, click the "Close" button. Click the "Start Evaluation" button.

  • Complete the course evaluation. You will not be able to print the certificate until you have completed the evaluation.

Print Your Certificate

  • Once you have completed the evaluation, return to the home page, then click on “My Certificates” in the right hand section of the page. Click on the printer icon to the right of the course name and date completed in order to print the certificate.

  • Please log out of TRAIN at the top right corner of the window.

The certificate is your food handler’s card. Print two copies of the certificate, one for you and one for your employer. If you have any questions call Environmental Services at 859-623-7312.

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