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Food Worker Cards

Alaska regulations require food workers to obtain a Food Worker Card within 30 days of employment.

If you do not find information you are looking for, please contact your local Environmental Health Officer.

Food Worker Card Instructions

Getting an Alaska Food Worker Card Online
Obtain a Test ID. TestIDs are $10.00 and expire after 1 year.
  1. You may purchase one or more TestIDs through a myAlaska account.
  2. Click on the blue button that says "Click To Purchase Test IDs".
  3. To purchase a Test ID for an individual, click the "Click To Purchase One Test ID" button.
  4. To purchase Test IDs for a group of individuals, click the "Click To Purchase Multiple Test IDs" button.
  5. Fill out the requested information and submit it.
  6. Enter payment information.
  7. Save your TestID and Invoice #. They will be used to print replacement cards or look up your test results in our database.

Practicing for the test.

  1. Go to the DEC Food Safety and Sanitation training website and review the Food Worker Card training materials available there.
  2. Go to the Alaska Food Worker Card online testing site and select "Take a practice test".

Take the test

  1. Go to the Alaska Food Worker Card online testing site and select Take the test, entering your TestID to begin.
  2. The test consists of 20 questions. You must answer a minimum of 15 correctly to pass.
  3. If you do not pass, you may retake the test as many times as you want within 1 year of purchasing your TestID. just select "Take the test" on the Alaska Food Worker Card online testing site. Each test will be randomly generated from a pool of questions.

Print your card

  1. Click the green button that says "Click To Print Food Worker Card" on the Alaska Food Worker Card site.
  2. Enter your TestID to print your card.
  3. Your card is valid for 3 years from the date your test was successfully completed.
  4. You may print up to 3 additional copies of your card while it is valid.
Getting an Alaska Food Worker Card In-Person
Obtain a Test ID. TestIDs are $10.00 and expire after 1 year.
  1. Go to your nearest Environmental Health Office and pay in person.
  2. Save your TestID and Invoice #. They will be used to print replacement cards or look up your test results in our database.

Take the test

  1. Go to your nearest Environmental Health Office and they will print a test for you to be completed on-site.
  2. The test consists of 20 questions. You must answer a minimum of 15 correctly to pass.
  3. If you do not pass, you may retake the test as many times as you want within 1 year of purchasing your TestID. Each test will be randomly generated from a pool of questions.

Print your card

  1. Once you pass the test, staff will print out a copy of your Alaska Food Worker Card for you.
  2. Your card is valid for 3 years from the date your test was successfully completed.

If neither of these options works for you, please contact us by email or phone at 907-376-2849 or toll free at 1-87-SAFE-FOOD (1-877-233-3663) or 1-907-334-2560 and explain your situation.

Food Worker Card FAQs

Who needs a Food Worker Card?
Anyone who works with unpackaged foods, potentially hazardous food or food-contact surfaces.
  • Chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, meat cutters, food counter workers, dishwashers, etc.
  • Food Workers who work anywhere in the state, excluding the Municipality of Anchorage.

Note: Food Workers in the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) need a card issued by the MOA.

Who does not need a Food Worker Card?
  • People who do not touch foods or items that contact foods.
  • People who only work with pre-packaged foods (cashiers, grocery baggers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and shelf stockers).
  • Individuals who assist patients or residents in an institution with their meals.
  • Children under the age of 18 who assist with school meal services in a school kitchen.
  • Volunteers
  • Certified Food Protection Managers
How much does it cost?
A Food Worker Card costs $10 and is valid for three years.
I'm not good with a computer. What can I do?
Written tests are available on request.
What if I lose my card?
Use your stored TestID number to print a new card.

Questions? Contact us by email or phone 907-376-2849

Toll Free: 1-87-SafeFood (1-877-233-3663) or 1-907-334-2560.