Food Handler Certification

Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Valid Period
2 years
Processing Time
up to 30 days (requires student to register, pay, attend, mail certificate)
Houston Health Department

Plan Review:

1002 Washington Ave, 3rd floor
Houston, TX 77002

Inspections and Permits:

8000 North Stadium Dr., 2nd floor
Houston, TX 77054

7:30 am to 4:30 pm


Food Handler is a “food employee”: An individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food contact surfaces. All food employees shall successfully complete a food handler course within 60 days of employment.

After Approval

The food establishment shall maintain on premises a certificate of completion of the food handler course for each food employee. The requirement to complete a food handler training course shall be effective September 1, 2016.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Email address;
  • Method of payment (money order, business check, cashier’s check, credit/debit cards)
Apply Online

Complete the online registration form and select a preferred class date.

Once you have confirmed your reservation online, an invoice will be sent to you within 2 business days via email. Payment must be received no later than 7 days before the scheduled class date by mail or 2 days before the class if you make the payment in person or online.

Make sure you include the account and invoice numbers to complete the online transaction.

Payments can be accepted at one of the following locations:

Mailing Address:

Houston Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 300008
Houston, TX 77230-0008

Physical Addresses:

Houston Health Department
8000 N. Stadium Drive
Environmental Services Office, 1st floor
Houston, TX 77054
Office hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Apply in Person

Apply in person at the Environmental Permits Office at 8000 North Stadium first floor (77054)

Apply by Mail

Complete the application and mail to the address on the application.

Apply by Email

Complete the application and fax it to the Environmental Permits Office at 832.393.5208.

Conditions & Exceptions

Current languages offered are English and Spanish. Class registration may be completed over the phone at 832.393.5100, between 7:30 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

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