New Jersey requires each worker in the food service industry to possess a food handler’s license before handling and preparing food. A food handler’s license demonstrates that the individual in question possesses proper knowledge of how to prevent food contamination and, accordingly, how to reduce food-borne illnesses. If you plan to apply for a job in New Jersey as a chef, a cafeteria worker or any other position that requires you to work in close proximity to food, you must obtain a food handler’s license.
Things You'll Need
- Food handler's license application
- Proof of basic food service training
Take a basic food service training course. The training course teaches you how to safely prepare food and practice proper hygiene when working with food items.
Visit your county health department and request an application for a food handler’s license. Some counties in New Jersey have food handler’s license applications available online through the county health department’s website.
Make a copy of the certificate that notes your completion of a minimum of five hours of basic food service training.
Fill out the food handler’s license application.
Mail the completed application, your proof of training and the required fee to your county health department. The fee and time frame for processing your application will vary depending on your county of residence.