One way is to obtain a written waiver from IDPH for a course you have taken elsewhere. Then, you should complete the Illinois FSSMC examination with a score of at least 75 percent and pay the $35 certificate fee to IDPH.
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A person may qualify for a course waiver if he/she has completed a course that was at least 15 hours in length and contained, at a minimum, the same material content as the Illinois course. It’s very important to underline that the course must have been completed within the last 5 years.
The third way is to qualify for a certificate through reciprocity. If you hold a food service manager certificate issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health, you should submit a copy, along with a completed FSSMC request form, to IDPH and ask that an Illinois food service sanitation manager certificate be issued through reciprocity.
After the Department verifies the authenticity of your certificate from the city of Chicago, you will be mailed a FSSMC application, which should be completed and returned to IDPH along with the $35 certificate fee.