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N.C. Cooperative Extension offers NC Safe Plates for all those who work in the food service industry. The course helps food establishments meet the NC requirement of having at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager, per the FDA Food Code 2013. NC Safe Plates is taught through case studies, storytelling, activities, and discussion. This class is interactive and encourages participants to engage with the material.

NC Safe Plates includes instruction on personal hygiene and employee health; purchasing and storage; eliminating cross-contamination; handling allergens; pest control and facility design; cleaning and sanitizing and correct temperatures for storing, preparing, and holding foods.

This course is designed for food employees who are seeking food protection manager certification. Certification is based on passing the ANSI-approved exam from the National Registry for Food Safety Professionals. Certification is accepted throughout the US for 5 years from date of exam, and includes a certificate to be displayed in the workplace as well as a wallet card.

*Duplin County citizens are invited to participate in classes taught in Pender and Duplin Counties.


2018 Class Dates:

Class Date Class Time Exam Date Exam Time Location Cost*
Jan 8 & 9 9a-4:30p Jan 10 12:30p Duplin Co $125
Mar 13 & 14 9a-4:30p Mar 15 12:30p Pender Co $125
Apr 9 (review) 9a-5p Apr 9 3:00p Pender Co $110
Apr 23 & 24 9a-5p Apr 25 12:30p Duplin Co $125
Sep 17 & 18 9a-4:30p Sep 19 12:30p Pender Co $125
Oct 8 & 9 9a-4:30p Oct 10 12:30p Duplin Co $125
Nov 5 (review) 9a-5p Nov 5 3:00p Pender Co $110
Nov 7 (review) 9a-5p Nov 7 3:00p Duplin Co $110

*Cost includes instruction, Safe Plates book & slides, 3 practice exams, and final exam

For more information or to register for any of the classes listed above contact Sydney Johnson,

**Test-Only options are available on the exam dates listed above. For Pender and Duplin County exam dates, cost is $50.

Check the Upcoming Events on the Safe Plates website for upcoming Safe Plates classes in other counties.