Tservsafehe current version of Iowa’s food code requires every food service establishment to have a certified food protection manager on staff. ServSafe is a one day food safety and sanitation certification class which fulfills the requirement. Classes are available across the state via the Iowa Restaurant Association and ISU Extension Offices.

The Iowa Restaurant Association leads the way in providing superior food safety and responsible alcohol service training, as well as career advancement and school-to-career opportunities. IRA members receive discounted pricing and additional benefits on a range of educational programs.


Currently programs are not regularly taught in other languages, however the food safety is available in multiple languages including Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. For a calendar of SPANISH ServSafe Classes, CLICK HERE. There are also a number of online training options. For more information contact the IRA office at (515 ) 276-1454.

Class-sched-buttonCertified Food Protection Manager Requirement

Effective January 1, 2014

  • New establishments must comply within six months of licensure
  • Existing establishments that have not had a food borne illness risk factor or public health intervention violation must comply by January 1, 2018
  • Any establishment that has had a food borne illness risk factor or public health intervention violation must comply within six months of the violation
  • If the certified food manager leaves employment, the establishment has six months to certify a new manager.


Save $50 on ServSafe Registration

Iowa Restaurant Association members only pay $110 for ServSafe classes while nonmember registration costs $160.


Spanish Language ServSafe Classes Available

As a multicultural industry, it is crucial that equal opportunities are available for every employee to learn about food safety and Food Code compliance; therefore the Iowa Restaurant Association is offering quarterly Spanish language ServSafe classes. Call 515-276-1454 to learn more and CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.