Certificate Issuance and Usage Policy | Food Managers Certification
Certificate Issuance and Usage Policy


The purpose of this document is to provide clarity about how the FMC CFPM certificates are issued and used by Candidates, EduClasses® employees, health department officials, and external entities.


ANAB-CFP (Conference for Food Protection) FMC Certified Food Protection Manager certificates are issued to candidates seeking Food Protection Manager certification upon completion and passing of the proctored ANAB-CFP Accredited Certified Food Protection Manager assessment.


  • “FMC” – Food Managers Certification.
  • “ANAB” – stands for ANSI National Accreditation Board.
  • “CFP” – stands for Conference for Food Protection.
  • “ANAB-CFP accreditation” – indicates that the certification organization has been evaluated by a third-party and meets or exceeds all of the Conference-established standards.
  • “CFPM” – stands for Certified Food Protection Manager
  • “Certification” – the action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement.
  • “Certificate” – defined as a document issued after successful completion of a CBT exam.
  • “Certificate issuance” – defined as the act of delivering a certificate via Food Managers Certification (FMC) ANAB-CFP Certified Food Protection Manager program.
  • “Certificate usage” – understood to mean the intended use of the certificate by the food manager candidate with regards to regulatory health official’s requirements.
  • “Proctor” – external entity that provides a safe and secure location for verifying, administering and monitoring the candidate during the taking of the FMC ANAB-CFP accredited CFPM assessment.
  • “Successful completion” – understood to mean the receipt of a passing score or percentage upon completion of the proctored CBT exam, the baseline of which is defined by a cut score (passing score) committee.


Examination completion and certificate issuance

Examination completion and certificate issuance are based upon several factors:

  • Candidate has properly signed-up and completed their profile.
  • Candidate has purchased the examination in need or entered codes from a group order made on their behalf.
  • Exam Assessment
    • Candidate will arrange assessment schedule date and time with Proctor at Proctor Testing Center
    • On assessment date Candidate will be verified at Proctor Testing Center
    • Proctor will launch and monitor process of Candidate assessment
    • Candidate will have 1 opportunity to pass the exam
    • Candidate must pass the exam by achieving the minimal passing score
  • Once Candidate has passed the exam, they will then be issued an FMC Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certificate.
  • The Candidate can access the certificate for viewing / printing any time during the validity of the certificate.
  • Once the certificate has expired, the Candidate will have to purchase and pass the proctored assessment again before accessing their new FMC ANAB-CFP CFPM certificate.

Certificate Validity:

  • The FMC Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certificate will be issued upon passing the FMC ANAB-CFP accredited Food Protection Manager Certification examination.   
  • The certificate shall be valid for no more than 5 years.

Certificate Usage:

  • Please Note: Certificate use is defined and dictated by regulatory authorities, state or local laws or regulations, and /or legislative documents.

  • Candidates must present their certificate to their employer.  A copy of the certificate is to be kept at the employee’s place of business.

  • Candidates may print their FMC CFPM certificate upon successful completion of the examination from their account.

  • Candidates use their FMC CFPM Certificate to provide proof of satisfactory completion of the FMC ANAB-CFP Accredited Certified Food Protection Manager proctored assessment to their employer and health department.

  • Candidates may reprint their certificate from FoodManagersCertification.com at any time during the validity of the certificate.  Sample reasons for reprinting their certificate would be change of employment or lost certificate.


 Last Updated: 5/10/2023