Public Education and Required Training


Education and Training Information

Food Manager Certification and Food Handler Training are required by City Ordinance.  Food Manager Certification is required for the manager of a food establishment and certification is good for five (5) years.  All other food service workers who are involved with any part of food preparation are required to take state approved food handler training which is good for two (2) years.


The City of DeSoto Health Department offers State-approved Food Handler training.  Beginning in September 2017, we will now require pre-registration and pre-payment prior to class.  You can register at the City of DeSoto Action Center located in the lobby inside City Hall.  Note that Food Handler Classes are offered on line, and a list of approved sites providing training can be found at:

What:                   FOOD HANDLER TRAINING
When:                  Third Tuesday (monthly)
Class Location:    DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run
Class Time:         4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Registration:        City of DeSoto Action Center located in City Hall, 211 E. Pleasant Run
Cost:                    $10 per person, valid for 2 years
Questions:          Contact Charbra Richardson - 972.230.9600

Food Handler (classroom)

Food Handler (online)

Food Handler (private)

Food Manager Cert. (classroom)

Food Manager Cert. (online)

Pool School is required for commercial pool operators and is provided by the City every year prior to pool season.

Health-related public education is provided upon request.
Questions call 972.230.9600.