Food Managers Certification 

Due to the occurrence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kentucky, NKY Health has suspended the Food Manager Certification classes until further notice.

For questions or information on refunds, please contact Sheila Edwards or call 859-341-4151 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


In Northern Kentucky, all food service establishments must have a certified food manager on duty at all times.

The Health Department provides regular food managers certification classes to assist local food service establishments in meeting this requirement.

About the classes

Food manager classes are held at Indiana Wesleyan University, 600 Meijer Drive, Suite 200, Florence, KY, 41042.  A printer-friendly version of class information can be found here.

Schedule and fees

New certification

  • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, fee $100
  • 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, fee $100
  • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, fee $100

Please note the changes effective August 1, 2019:  updated Food Manager Certification class fees, updated class schedule and discontinuation of re-certification classes.

Preparing for the class

All attendees can register online, in advance,  to attend a food manager certification class. Online registration is available through Eventbrite.  Please note payment is due at the time of registration.  Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the study guide.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may register in advance by filling out an application. The completed application and payment should be mailed to NKY Health, Attn: Sheila Edwards, 8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY  41042. Once the application has been processed, attendees will receive a confirmation and study guide from the Health Department.

Registration and fees must be completed prior to the date of the class. Applications and fees will not be accepted on the day of the class. Please do not attend a class unless you have received a confirmation. 

Attendees are asked to arrive on time. If an attendee is more than 30 minutes late for a class, he/she will need to reschedule and repay the fee.

No lunch hour will be provided. Breaks will be permitted, and vending machines are available.

Study guides


  • If cancellation is necessary, you must notify Sheila Edwards at 859-341-4151, ext.2245, at least 24 hours prior to class in order to reschedule or send a substitute. Please leave a message during weekends or after hours. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of the class and associated fees. In such cases, applicants must reapply and repay the fee.
  • Please do not send a substitute unless you have notified this office with their information and who they will be replacing.
  • Additionally, please do not attend a class unless you have received a confirmation and study guide from the health department regarding the date and class you are to attend.

Substitute certification

IMPORTANT UPDATE: NKY Health is suspending the need for facilities to register their substitute certification with our office during this time. Although the facility does not need to register, they are still required to have our certification or an approved substitute taken within the last 3 years.

This certification is available for food service workers who have successfully completed food safety training that meets the Health Department’s requirements within the last three years. This may include ServSafe, State Food Safety and the National Registry of Certified Food Professionals.  Substitute certifications are only provided for manager training and are not provided for handler training.  If approved, your Northern Kentucky Health Department certification will expire 3 years after your original certification was issued.

If an applicant meets the requirements for substitute certification, class attendance is not required, but an application and fee must be submitted — $30. A copy of the substitute training certificate must accompany the application and fee.

More information

For questions, or to verify if your food safety certification training meets the Health Department requirements as substitute training, please contact Sheila Edwards or call 859-341-4151 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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