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Food Handler Classes


Foodhandler Training Classes
see also:
Food Safety Manager Certification

***BEGINNING JANUARY 9, 2017, the 6 PM Monday evening class will be offered ONLY on the first Monday of each month. All other Monday classes have been discontinued

All food workers are required by regulations of the Jefferson County Department of Health to either take the Food Handler training course from the Health Department, to take the online Food Handler Course at JCDH Food Handler or to be trained by a Certified Food Safety Manager and thereafter work only at establishments where there is a Certified Food Safety Manager on duty at all times.


Online Food Handler Training is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese. The cost is $20. The exclusive approved provider for online training is JCDH Food Handler.

Go to the State Food Safety Jefferson County Foodhandler Training page.


The Jefferson County Department of Health offers its Food Handler Training Course in room L129 of the Health Department building, 1400 6th Avenue South in Birmingham. The fee for the training class is $15 for each participant, and may be paid by cash or money order at registration on the day of the class. A photo identification must be presented at the time of registration. 

Foodhandler classes are offered the first Monday of each month at 6 PM; Thursdays at 8:30 AM, 1 PM, and 3 pm. Wednesday there is a class in Spanish at 9 AM; Fridays at 8:30 AM Asian language classes are available. Registration for any class begins 30 minutes prior to class time

Class Schedule:

  • Monday: no classes*
    *the 1st Monday of each month there will be a 6 PM class  (English language)
  • Tuesday: no classes
  • Wednesday: 9 AM,  Spanish language only
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM  (all English language)
  • Friday: 8:30 AM, Asian languages only

For a downloadable schedule, click here; or  for a schedule in Spanish here; or here for  online food safety info.

Food Safety Class Info: 930-1558.

Vouchers [prepaid admittance to class] may be purchased on the 2nd floor of the Health Department during normal business hours.   [M-F, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM]

New employees must be certified within 21 days of their hire date. Food handler cards are transferable between establishments; certificates are transferable only to establishments with Certified Food Safety Managers; it is the responsibility of the original holder of the certificate to transfer.

For any other questions regarding the Certified Food Safety Manager Program or Food Handler Training Program call 205.930.1260 or 205.930.1368