Volunteers need food safety training too, if they are serving food or beverages.
The need for food safety training is important because you must learn how to safely prepare and serve food. Volunteer certification is for volunteer workers who are not receiving pay but must have a permit to work. Certification is available online or in person at James O. Goodwin Health Center (5051 S. 129th E Ave.) at Food Protection Services.
We now offer the volunteer training course online. The time that it takes to complete the course may vary. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the course. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to print your volunteer permit. The volunteer permit must be available whenever you work the volunteer event. There is no cost to complete the training online.
We encourage volunteers to utilize the online training above, but we can arrange to teach a free in-person volunteer class for non-profit organizations who request it. The organization must have 100+ people in attendance to schedule an in-person training. The class lasts approximately one hour and covers basic food safety activities. Cards are presented at the end of the class for attendees and are valid for one calendar year. When volunteer cards expire, the class must be retaken either online or rescheduled for in-person training. There is no exam required to receive a volunteer permit. This training is intended for volunteers only and volunteer permits are not valid for food establishment employment paid positions. For more information or to schedule a volunteer class, call 918-595-4300 and ask for the Food Safety Training Coordinator.
Applicant Verification Requirements
State law requires that all license, permit, or certificate applicants verify their immigration status (lawful presence). As a result, anyone attending a food handler class or applying for a manager's certificate from the Tulsa Health Department must sign a statement that they are either (1) a United States citizen, or (2) a qualified alien under the federal Immigration & Nationality Act and are lawfully present in the United States.