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ServSafe - Compare Online & Classroom Formats

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Compare Online & Classroom Formats

Depending on your needs and schedule, ServSafe® training materials are flexible and provide options that will work for you. Compare the features of ServSafe online and classroom training to help you choose what is best for you.

The same course content is covered in both formats. Course and examination formats can be mixed. For example, the online food safety certification exam can be taken after completing either an online or classroom course.







Allows you to self-study at your own pace


Provides downloadable study guides and reference materials


Uses interactive activities


Requires a computer that meets hardware and software requirements


Requires a textbook


Blends lecture, video and activities


May require travel time and additional expenses


Provides a practice exam





Requires a computer that meets hardware and software requirements



Gives immediate exam results



Is an ANSI-CFP accredited certification exam


Requires an exam proctor



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