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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

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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

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Illinois Food Certified Food Protection Manager Classes to be offered inElizabeth

Illinois Food Certified Food Protection Manager Classes to be offered at the Elizabeth Community Building

University of Illinois Extension will offer the Illinois Certified Food Protection Manager Course, formally known as the Food Service Sanitation Manager Course (FSSMC). This two-part class will meet the 8-hour coursework and examination required by the state of Illinois for both the initial CFPM, and the recertification.

These classes will take place on March 19, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, AND March 22, from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM at the Elizabeth Community Building, located at 111 E. Myrtle St, Elizabeth, 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 this educational session. This fee is for the purchase of the book, educational materials, examination, and lunch. Space is limited and therefore preregistration is required. To register, please contact our office by calling (815) 858-2273 or visit us online at

Effective January 1, 2018, the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) was eliminated. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code still requires food establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager during hours of operation.

Now food establishments must have an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification. This requirement helps to ensure the safety of consumers when eating away from home. Those receiving this certification have specialized training, by an ANSI 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 is repeated once a certificate expires. One of the positive aspects of this change comes in the form of students no longer having to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate, which will save them money.

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.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension Office.

Diane Reinhold is a University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition and Wellness Educator and registered dietitian. For more about upcoming programming on nutrition and wellness, visit or call 815-235-4125.

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

Local Contact: Alex Burbach, Program Coordinator - Jo Daviess County,