Maryland Food Service Manager Requirements

Food Service Manager Certification

The City of Annapolis, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Baltimore Counties require that at least one Certified Foodservice Manager be on-site during hours of foodservice operations. Whenever a food service facility is operating there must be a Certified Food Service Manager in immediate control who ensures the public health quality of the food.

Foodservice Managers in these jurisdictions must pass an approved 16-hour certification course, and must file an application with the local heath department to obtain a Certified Foodservice Manager photo identification card. A standard passport-type photo and processing fee must be submitted with each application.

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Alcohol Certification (TIPs)

The State of Maryland requires that all liquor licensees, or a designated employee, successfully complete an approved alcohol awareness training program every four (4) years. However, policies differ from county to county as to whether or not the certified individual needs to be on the premises during the hours in which alcohol is sold. 

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Maryland Health Department Requirements for Certified Food Service Managers

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