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. Cards are non-renewable and the class must be retaken upon expiration. There is no exam required with this class. This is for volunteers only and this card is not valid for employment for pay positions. For more information or to schedule a class, call the Food Training Coordinator at 918-595-4321.
Volunteers can also come to a regular food safety training class if they are unable to attend a class scheduled by the organization, or if you do not have enough members available to schedule a class. When coming to a regular class, please inform the clerk upon check-in that you are a volunteer with what organization and the normal $20 fee will be waived. There is an exam associated with this class. Upon passing the exam, you will receive a card valid for three years, and it can be exchanged for a food handler permit during that time if you wish to pursue employment in the food service industry. You must pay the $20 fee to upgrade the permit.
House Bill 1804 Verification Requirements
House Bill 1804 went into effect on November 1, 2007. 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.