A record 24,000 Snohomish County residents earned a food worker card through online training in 2012, compared to less than 5,000 who earned their cards in a classroom, Snohomish County health officials report.
A food worker card is required for anyone who:
- Works with unpackaged food, such as in a restaurant or bar
- Touches food equipment, such as washing dishes
- Works at any surface where people put unwrapped food, including grocery store cashiers
The county began to offer the food worker card classes online in the spring of last year. The online course takes about one hour to go through the curriculum and take the test.
The popularity of the online course has reduced the need for in-person classes, officials said, so the Snohomish Health District plans to reduce the number of in-person classes to four a month in English and to one a month in Spanish next year. .
Starting January 1, Health District will offer four classes a month in English and one in Spanish at the Snohomish Health District auditorium in the Rucker Building, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett.
- The in-person classes in English will be offered the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- The in-person classes in Spanish will be offered the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.
- In-person classes will no longer be offered in Lynnwood.
The online training program also provides instruction in Korean, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Closed Caption
The cost of the training and test for a food worker card remains at $10.
Food worker cards are good for three years and are valid anywhere in Washington state.
The Health District accepts cash only for the in-person classes, and Visa or MasterCard only for online classes.
Find details at http://www.snohd.org/Shd_EH/Eh_FLE/FoodWorker.aspx#foodOnline.
To learn more about food safety classes and the food safety program, visit www.snohd.org, keyword search “Food Class.” Optionally, call 425.339.5260 to hear a list of class dates.