South Dakota Food Handler Card: A Comprehensive Guide
A food handler card — also known as a certificate or license — proves that you have completed a course on basic food safety principles.
Many states, cities, and counties require that you obtain a food handler card to demonstrate to health inspectors that you know how to keep food safe.
However, you may wonder whether South Dakota or any of its cities or counties require you to earn a food handler card to work in foodservice.
This article explains everything you need to know about a South Dakota Food Handler Card, including whether you need one, how to get one, and more.
Do you need a food handler card in South Dakota?
Neither South Dakota nor any of its cities or counties require a food handler card to work in foodservice.
However, owing to the importance of food safety, some restaurants and other foodservice operations like schools and hospitals still require that you do.
Additionally, long-term care facilities may require dietary staff to complete food handler training to meet specific in-service education requirements.
For example, all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Dakota must provide in-service training for their dietary and food-handling employees within 30 days of hire and annually (1, 2).
These topics must include:
- proper handwashing techniques
- safe food handling and preparation techniques
- foodborne illnesses
- safe serving and distribution practices
- safe leftover food handling
- time and temperature controls for food safety
- general cleaning and sanitization
Because food handler training programs touch on each of these topics, nursing homes and assisted living facilities often turn to them to meet the state’s required dietary in-service training.
Other healthcare facilities like hospitals also rely on food handler training programs since they too must provide regular in-service training to their dietary staff on various food safety topics.
Even though South Dakota doesn’t require that you earn a food handler card, doing so can make it easier to land your next foodservice job or even negotiate a higher salary.
South Dakota and its cities and counties don’t require food workers to earn a food handler card. However, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities often rely on food handler training programs to meet the state’s required in-service training on food safety topics.
How do you get a food handler card in South Dakota?
Whether your employer requires it as a condition of employment or to meet in-service requirements, or you want to increase your marketability or pay, earning your food handler card is simple.
Most organizations offer food handler training online for $10 to $15.
The content of the course is similar among the various organizations but the time it takes to complete the course content varies between 30 minutes and 75 minutes.
After you complete the course content, you must pass the final assessment, which usually consists of 40 multiple-choice questions.
If you took your time and took notes during the course, you should be able to pass the assessment your first time, but most organizations allow free retakes.
Once you pass the assessment, you earn your food handler certificate, which you can print, but should always save to your desktop or phone in case you lose it.
To celebrate the release of our food handler certificate program, you can earn your food handler card online for free from your desktop or phone, but only for a limited time.
You can complete the course in under two hours and show off your certificate immediately after you pass the 40-multiple-choice question assessment.
If you don’t pass your first time, don’t worry, you have three free retakes and can review the content between retakes if you need to.
Want to earn your food handler card for free?
For a limited time, you can!
To earn your food handler card, complete the course content and pass the final assessment. For a limited time, you can earn your food handler card for free.
How long does a food handler card last?
A food handler card expires 2–3 years from the date you earn it.
The FoodSafePal Food Handler card expires three years from the date of issuance.
Renewing your food handler card every few years — even if you’re a seasoned foodservice professional — keeps you fresh and current on important food safety principles to keep people safe from foodborne illnesses.
If you work in a nursing home or other healthcare facility, you may need to complete food handler training annually to meet South Dakota’s in-service requirements.
You can find the date your food handler card expires on the certificate.
Always keep your food handler card in a secure location.
In places like nursing homes, health inspectors or surveyors will ask to verify that you have successfully completed the training and that they are not expired.
You should always save your food handler card as a PDF to your desktop or phone immediately after you earn it.
It’s also wise to email a PDF copy to your manager and yourself in case you change jobs or are assigned a new manager.
FoodSafePal provides you with a secure link to your food handler certificate so that you can share, download, or print it.
Food handler cards expire 2–3 years from the date you earn them. Renewing them ensures that you stay current and fresh on important food safety principles.
South Dakota cottage food law
Cottage food is homemade or home-produced food that a person then sells directly to consumers.
These foods are generally shelf-stable like baked goods, nuts, grains, and seeds, but they can also include products that require temperature controls.
To sell temperature-controlled foods, South Dakota cottage food law requires producers to complete a food safety training course every five years.
Examples of temperature-controlled foods include:
- canned goods
- non-heat-produced fermented food stored at 41ºF (5ºC) or below
- soft pies, cheesecake, baked goods having a custard or cream filling, and sauces and pesto stored at 41ºF (5ºC) or below
- home-processed frozen fruit and produce stored at or below 0ºF (-18ºC)
Alternatively, cottage food producers can submit their recipes for verification from a third-party processing authority, but this is more costly and time-consuming.
The only requirement for this food safety training course is that it’s approved by the South Dakota health department.
However, the state is unlikely to approve a food handler training course since they don’t cover food preservation techniques.
South Dakota cottage food law requires that producers complete a food safety training course every five years to sell temperature-controlled foods. This course likely cannot be a food handler course since they don’t cover food preservation techniques.
The bottom line
South Dakota and its cities or counties don’t require foodservice workers to earn a food handler card.
However, owing to the importance of food safety, your restaurant or other foodservice operation may still require it.
Nursing homes and other healthcare facilities often rely on food handler training to meet South Dakota’s in-service requirements.
To earn your food handler card, simply complete the online course and pass the assessment.
For a limited time, you can earn your food handler card for free with FoodSafePal.
Want to earn your food handler card for free?
For a limited time, you can!
South Dakota requires cottage food producers to take a food safety course every five years to sell temperature-controlled foods, but this course likely cannot be a food handler course since they don’t cover food preservation.
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