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Food Safety

Serving Food on Campus

Are you a department, faculty/staff organization, or Registered Student Organization planning to serve food at an event? Any department or organization serving food (for free or for sale) on Texas State University property must complete the Texas Food Handler Course to ensure safe food handling practices are followed. Safe food handling practices and inspections are in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) 25 TAC 229.161 — 229.171, 229.173 — 229.175. The TFER provides the rules for which inspections are based upon to prevent foodborne illness. In addition, organizations serving food must comply with the Food Safety for Temporary Food Establishments on Campus policy.

Texas Food Handler Course

Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM), in partnership with Student Involvement, offers classroom training throughout the fall and spring semesters. Registered Student Organizations and faculty/staff organizations who intend to sell or provide food at events open to the public must complete the training prior to serving or selling any food items. If you prefer to complete the Texas Food Handler Course online, please email us at

Paperwork for reserving space on campus and solicitation forms must also be provided in advance to the appropriate office. During events that involve the sale of food items, Student Involvement and/or EHSRM will conduct random safety inspections. During the course of the inspections, non-compliance with food handling standards will be noted and must be corrected immediately. Food services will be suspended if a potential food risk is not immediately corrected.

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Food Service

Every person working in the food industry has a responsibility to prepare food that is safe to eat. This course will help you to better understand the importance of preventing foodborne illness.

Before registering for the Texas Food Handler Course, please review the following:

  • A valid Texas State PLID and email are required in order to register for the training.
  • Attend and successfully complete the classroom training. A minimum score of 70% is required for successful completion.
  • If you prefer to complete the Texas Food Handler Course online, please email us at
  • Once you have successfully completed the training, you will be issued a Food Handler Certificate.
  • Food Handler Certificates are valid for 2 years after training date.
  • The certificate must be present while serving food at an open event or for sale of food to the public while on Texas State property.

 Note: Please arrive on time for the training. The class will begin promptly as scheduled.

If you have misplaced your Texas Food Handler Certificate, contact Student Involvement or EHSRM for a replacement. There is a $5.00 replacement fee.

Classroom Schedule

Date Time Location Max #
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm LBJSC 4-1.6 48
Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:30 am -12:30 pm LBJSC 4-1.6 48
Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm LBJSC 4-1.6 48
Thursday, November 8, 2018 10:30 am -12:30 pm LBJSC 4-1.6 48
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:30 am -12:30 pm LBJSC 4-1.6 48
Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm LBJSC 3-3.1 64
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:30 am - 12:30 pm LBJSC 3-3.1 64