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District of Columbia Food Handler Certification Program Model

Investigators
Monroe-Lord, Lillie
Institutions
University of the District of Columbia
Start date
2001
End date
2004
Objective
Assess and document current certification activities in the local area. Examine methods of preparing food handlers for national certification. Pilot a course to prepare low-literacy food handlers for the national certification examination. Demonstrate a model approach to training for food sanitation certification in the District of Columbia. Disseminate findings and recommendations for low-literacy, hard-to-reach food handlers nationwide.
More information
A survey will assess area practices to prepare food handlers/managers for the national certification examination. Develop mini-course modules for investigation of four training formats: traditional classroom lecture/text, individualized CD-ROM, virtual distance learning, and self study in groups. Test of basic litercy skills. Pre-test and post-test sample examination questions. Mini-course modules and engage in the focus group process. Pilot course will be developed for entry-level food handlers. Best practice model will be implementesd and distributed to Extension programs nationwide.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project number
01-51110-11421
Categories
Education and Training
Food Preparation and Handling
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants