Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM) Certification

The current Georgia Food Code requires that each facility have at least one staff member who has managerial or supervisory responsibilities to hold a nationally recognized food safety manager certification.

A list of accredited organizations authorized to administer the test can be found here: http://anabpd.ansi.org/Accreditation/credentialing/personnel-certification/food-protection-manager/ALLdirectoryListing?menuID=8&prgID=8&statusID=4

The DeKalb County Board of Health offers the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification course. See below for course information.

Course Schedule
2024 ServSafe CFSM Course Dates and Schedule

All classes are in-person. The class is only offered in English at this time.

The book is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean and the exam is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and French-Canadian.


Download Registration Form Here

To register for the course, complete the registration form linked above, then submit it and payment at least 2 weeks prior to the course date. You may submit it by:

  • Emailing the completed registration form to dekalb.eh@dph.ga.gov. Once received and processed, you will receive confirmation via email.
  • If you have opted to pick up the book, please pick it up at least 1 week prior to the class. If you have opted to have the book mailed, your book should arrive in 5-7 days.
  • Or, Bringing the completed application and a form of payment (check, credit card, exact cash) to our office at 445 Winn Way, Suite 320, Decatur, GA 30030. The registration form and payment will be processed on-site, and your book will be issued.

The course cost is $150 per person. This cost includes the textbook, instructional materials, and the final exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Free On-site Training

Food Safety Education Is All About You!!

Did you know that we provide a free on-site training course to food service establishment operators in DeKalb County? These free food safety trainings are tailored to your specific food service operation. The focus is on repetitive risk factor violations that have been cited on your health inspections as well as other reinforcement educational issues. The on-site training allows the health educator to actually see firsthand the operations and employee behaviors so that suggestions may be made regarding how to prevent or avoid future violations. Minimizing the risk factors ultimately should result in lowering the risks of food-borne illness outbreaks and the need to initiate legal action.

In addition, we provide training to civic and community organizations about the importance of food safety at home.

If you are interested in receiving the free on-site training please complete a registration form.

Current Food Safety Topics
  1. Imminent Health Hazards – Guidelines for food services operators during a power outage or boil water advisory  ( English | Spanish ChineseKorean ).
  2. Microwave Cooking! – Tips for safe food preparation in your microwave at home or in your dorm room from the United States Department of Agriculture:


    1. Microwave Ovens and Food Safety (pdf)
  3. Tailgate Parties– Plan a good defense for safe food at tailgate parties. Barbecue food safety information from the USDA: www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets
  4. “Food Safety for Moms-to-Be”, a bi-lingual campaign from the Food and Drug Administration:
Food Recalls
  1. Visit the USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service for current recall information:
Additional links about Food Safety:

Food Safety for Schools

Food Safety for Consumers

Educational Materials