Public Education and Required Training
Education and Training Information
Food Manager Certification and Food Handler training classes are required by ordinance and provided regularly for food service workers. Food Manager Certifications are valid for five (5) years, and Food Handler cards are good for three (3) years.
Pool School is required for commercial pool operators and is provided by the City each year before pool season.
Questions call 972.230.9600.
The City of DeSoto will not be providing Food Handler Classes starting October 1, 2016 until further notice. Due to new Department of State Health Services Food Code regulations, State Food Handler Cards will be required for all food handlers in the state of Texas. DeSoto’s Food Handler Program is currently being audited by DSHS, and once it has been approved, the City of DeSoto will begin offering the class again. In the meantime, food service workers can take any State approved class to gain certification. A list of approved classes can be found below.
Employee food handler cards obtained through the City’s Food Handler Program prior to October 1, 2016 will be honored through the expiration date on the card.
Here is a list of state-approved online class providers.
Liz Aarts (offers classes in Spanish and English)
Online food service manager & food handler:
Classroom food service manager: www.paragonsafety.com
Health-related public education is provided upon request for civic groups and youth organizations.