Requirements for the Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card

Requirements for the Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM)  Card

ORS Interactive, Inc. administers approved Certified Food Manager Exams from National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), ServSafe and Prometric. ORS Interactive, Inc. provides proctored testing services in our secure testing facility and immediate results for English, Chinese, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish exams taken on a computer. Results taken with paper and pencil exams (this option is available for all exams but is currently required for Vietnamese, Arabic and French) typically arrive within 7 to 10 days after the exam is administered. Advance reservations are not required. It is not necessary to complete a food safety training class prior to taking a nationally accredited food safety certification exam but many people find this helpful in preparing for the exam. ORS Interactive offers Public and Private / On-Site Classroom Training in Preparation for Nationally Accredited Food Safety Certification Exams in English and Spanish. Detailed information and course registration materials are included on this website. Additionally, ORS Interactive has a Food Safety Study Guide on sale in the ORS Interactive office which serves as a valuable resource in preparing for a food safety certification exam. Contact our office for complete details.

Health Code Regulations for Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon and Town of Vienna require that all restaurants and food service establishments including those in schools, pre-schools, senior centers, and recreational facilities are under the immediate control of an individual who possesses a current Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card during all hours of operation. Failure to comply may result in immediate closure of the establishment by the local Health Department. To acquire or renew a Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card, it is necessary for everyone to take an approved food safety exam in a proctored testing environment and attain a passing score.

NOTE: Receiving a passing score on an accredited food safety exam is imperative. However, this by itself is not sufficient because, in order to be in compliance with local Health Code Regulations, all persons designated by their restaurant or establishment as a Food Manager must also obtain a Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card. Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Cards can be obtained from ORS Interactive, Inc. which issues the cards through a consortium agreement between Arlington County, City of Alexandria and Fairfax County.

Categories of Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card

There are two categories of Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Cards – Standard and Limited. A “Limited Foodservice Establishment” is defined as those which typically serve hotdogs, pre-cooked food items that are heated and served, prepackaged foods or other types of food that are not potentially hazardous. All restaurants and foodservice establishments which are not classified as “Limited” by their local Health Department are required to have their personnel meet the criteria for the Standard Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card. It is the responsibility of each person applying for a Standard Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card or a Limited Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card to know the correct classification of their establishment. Those who are uncertain of their establishment’s classification should contact their local Health Department before making application for a Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card.

 

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