If you’re looking to pursue a career in the food service industry or take your current role to the next level, the ServSafe Food Manager Certification is an essential credential to have.
The certification program is designed to educate food service professionals on the best practices for food safety, from handling and storage to preparation and serving. Obtaining the certification demonstrates to employers and customers that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to keep food safe and prevent foodborne illnesses.
But before you can obtain the certification, you must first pass the ServSafe Food Manager Certification Exam. This exam is designed to test your knowledge of food safety principles and practices.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for the exam and increase your chances of passing on your first attempt.
Attend a ServSafe Manager Training Course
While it is not required, attending a ServSafe Manager Training Course can be incredibly beneficial for exam preparation. These courses are designed to provide a comprehensive review of all the topics covered on the exam and include engaging, interactive activities. Attending a training course can also help you stay focused and motivated during the study process.
At TSC Associates LLC, our programs are designed to only take a day, with the examination happening later in the afternoon.
Prepare Before Class
The ServSafe Food Manager textbook contains over 300 pages of information. Hence, it is highly recommended that you study the material before attending a class/taking the exam. There are many resources available to help you prepare for the ServSafe Food Manager Certification Exam. With registration, we will send you a practice test to help you prepare while studying before class. Additionally, there are numerous YouTube videos and online courses available that can provide additional insights and review material.
Focus on Key Concepts
While it is essential to have a broad understanding of all the topics covered on the exam, focusing on key concepts can help you maximize your studying time. For example, understanding the temperature danger zone and the proper cooking temperatures for different types of food is critical to preventing foodborne illness. Similarly, knowing the signs of food allergies and the importance of cross-contamination prevention can also be key concepts to focus on.
Use Mnemonics and Memory Aids
Mnemonics and memory aids can be useful tools for remembering complex information. For example, the acronym FATTOM can help you remember the six conditions that allow bacteria to grow: Food, Acidity, Time, Temperature, Oxygen, and Moisture. Similarly, the phrase “cook it, chill it, throw it, or hold it” can help you remember the four methods for handling food safely.
Get Plenty of Rest and Relaxation
Finally, make certain to take care of yourself the day before the exam. Get plenty of rest and relaxation, as this will help you stay focused and can reduce stress and anxiety. Be sure to prioritize self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, and spending time with friends and family.
If you’re looking to take the ServSafe Food Manager Certification, talk to TSC Associates LLC! We offer ServSafe programs for food managers, food handlers, and those who serve alcohol. To learn more, contact us today!