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Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

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Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

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Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Classes

Freeport, IL----The University of Illinois Extension will offer an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Course (FSSMC) December 11 and December 14. This two-part class will meet the 8-hour coursework and examination required by the state of Illinois for both the initial FSSMC, and the recertification.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code requires food establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager during hours of operation. This code helps to ensure the safety of consumers when eating away from home. Those receiving this certification have specialized training, by an Illinois approved instructor, regarding the safe handling, preparation and storage of food to help prevent foodborne related illnesses. The certificate is valid for five years from the exam date and then process is repeated once a certificate expires.

During this two-day class, participants will gain knowledge about food safety and contamination, employee health and hygiene, safe food handling practices, cleaning and sanitizing, and HACCP. 

The class will take place on December 11, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, AND December 14, from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, located at 210 W. Spring St, Freeport, IL. Participants should bring a valid photo ID and arrive 15 minutes early to register, as class will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Participants must attend the full training to be eligible to take the exam.

There is a $100.00 program fee to cover the educational session, which covers the book, educational materials, examination and lunch. Preregistration is required. To register call the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or visit us online at After successful completion of this course, you will then need to pay an additional $35 to the Illinois Department of Public Health to receive your certificate.


Contact: Diane Reinhold

Nutrition and Wellness Educator, U of I Extension

(815) 235-4125

Source: Diane Reinhold, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County),