Food Handler Training

To protect public health, all persons working in food service in Montgomery County are required to have a food handler card issued by the Health Department.   All persons who handle food and drink are required to have a valid food handler card on file in the establishment where they work.   This includes waiters, bartenders, dishwashers, cooks, and other kitchen workers. Certified food managers are not required to have a food handler card.

Food Handler Testing consists of reading a study booklet and taking a short written test.  The study booklet covers topics such as food preparation, dishwashing and sanitation, hand washing procedures, chemical storage, and other information related to safe storage, preparation, and serving of food and drink.  Food Handler Testing is offered at the Montgomery County Health Department Administrative offices on 108 E Locust St (Civic Center Building) in Mt.Sterling. Office hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Tests cost $15.00, and permits are good for 3 years.  Call 859-498-3808 for more information.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Food Handler Testing

Now Available Online, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week!

The course fee is paid through PayPal with either a PayPal account or a credit/debit card. You must use a supported browser to take the course and complete the online test. Kentucky TRAIN is fully compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher.  Kentucky TRAIN does not currently support Apple Safari or any other browser may create errors. It is highly recommended that you test your browser before proceeding to access the online course.  Instructions for doing this are provided below. If you pay the fee and cannot complete the course online, bring a printout of your PayPal transaction to our office to complete it in person.

How To Access the Online Course

Test Your Browser Go to Click on “Module Support  RUN COMPUTER TEST HERE”. This will run a series of tests to confirm that your computer can run the TRAIN modules. Click the link to run the manual Popup Blocker test. If your computer passes all tests, return to the TRAIN home page. If your computer does not completely pass the tests, you cannot continue with the course online from your current computer. You must take the written test at the Health Department.

Pay The Fee

  • Go to PayPal and pay the $15.00 course fee. You will be given a transaction number when you complete the payment. Print or write down the transaction number. You will need this number to register for the course.

Create Account on TRAIN

  1. On the TRAIN home page, select your state from the drop down menu and click the “Create Account” button.
  2. After reviewing the TRAIN policies check the box beside “I agree to these TRAIN policies” and click “Next.”
  3. Enter your information in the required fields.
    1. For “Title”, enter Food Handler.
    2. For “Organization”, enter the name of your employer (McDonalds, Wendys, etc).
    3. For “Department/Division”, enter Food Services.
    4. For “Address”, enter your home or employers address.
    5. Once all required fields are complete, click “Next.”
  4. Click the “Select Groups” button beside “State Portal”.
    1. In the drop down box, select Select “Food Services”
    2. Click “Submit.”
  5. Select “Food Services/Facilities Management Staff/Housekeeper” as your Professional Role and click “Next.”
  6. Select “Private Industry” as your Work Setting and click “Next.”
  7. On the Demographic Information page, click “Next” since this information is not required.
  8. On the Employee Number page, click “Next” since this information is not required.
  9. Select “No” for Professional License and click “Next”.
  10. Click “Continue” and then click on “Home” in the top left corner to return to the Home page.

NOTE: Your Learner profile information can be edited at any time following registration.

Complete the Study Module

  1. On the TRAIN Home page enter Course ID number 1046220 on the upper right hand side of screen and click the Magnifying Glass button.
  2. Read the Course Details and follow the text in red and blue to pay the required fee through PayPal if you have not already completed this step.
  3. Click the Registration tab and enter your PayPal receipt number and your employer’s name in the box.
  4. Click Launch.
  5. After you have worked through the course, click the “Close this Module” link.
  6. To take the test, return to the TRAIN Home page. Click on the “My Learning” link on the right side of the page.
  7. Click on the “Current Courses” button. Do not click on the course name. Find the name of the course, “Montgomery Health Department Food Safety Training 1046220” and click the “M” button beside it in the Manage column.
  8. Click the “Completed” button.
  9. Click “OK” in the warning window that pops up, then click the “Assessment” button.
  10. At the next screen click “Start Assessment.”  The test is 20 questions drawn randomly from a question pool. You will not get the same test that your coworkers had.
  11. When you successfully pass the assessment, click the “Close” button. Click the “Start Evaluation” button.
  12. Complete the course evaluation. You will not be able to print the certificate until you have completed the evaluation.

Print Your Certificate

  1. Once you have completed the evaluation, return to the home page, then click on “My Certificates” in the right hand section of the page. Click on the printer icon to the right of the course name and date completed in order to print the certificate.  The certificate is your food handler’s card. Print two copies of the certificate, one for you and one for your employer.
  2. Log out of Kentucky TRAIN at the top right corner of the window.

What to Do if You Forget Your Password

  1. Click on “Forgot Your Password?” on your TRAIN home page.
  2. Enter your e-mail address in the appropriate field and Click “Send Password and LoginName.”
  3. Your password will be emailed to you.

Where to Find Help

For help or information on completing this course, contact Environmental Services at the Montgomery County Health Department at 498-3808.

If you have any questions call Environmental Services at 859-498-3808.