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N.C. Cooperative Extension offers NC Safe Plates for all those who work in the food service industry. The course helps food establishments meet the NC requirement of having at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager, per the FDA Food Code 2013. NC Safe Plates is taught through case studies, storytelling, activities, and discussion. This class is interactive and encourages participants to engage with the material.

NC Safe Plates includes instruction on personal hygiene and employee health; purchasing and storage; eliminating cross-contamination; handling allergens; pest control and facility design; cleaning and sanitizing and correct temperatures for storing, preparing, and holding foods.

This course is designed for food employees who are seeking food protection manager certification. Certification is based on passing the ANSI-approved exam from the National Registry for Food Safety Professionals. Certification is accepted throughout the US for 5 years from date of exam, and includes a certificate to be displayed in the workplace as well as a wallet card.

*New Hanover County citizens are invited to participate in classes taught in Brunswick, Pender, or Duplin Counties.


2019 Class Dates:

Date Time Location Cost Notes
Feb 4th & 11th 9a-5p Southport Chamber of commerce $150 Extended class, Test on day 2
Mar 11th 9a-5p Brunswick County Cooperative Extension $125 Review Class
April 1st & 2nd 9a-5p Brunswick County Cooperative Extension $150 Extended class, Test on day 2
Sept 16th & 17th 9a-5p Brunswick County Cooperative Extension $150 Extended class, Test on day 2
Nov 18th 9a-5p Brunswick County Cooperative Extension $125 Review Class

*Cost includes instruction, Safe Plates book & slides, 3 practice exams, and final exam

Register for classes

To register for any of the Duplin County classes, contact Sydney Johnson,

For more information contact Morgan McKnight,

**Test-Only options are available on the exam dates listed above. For Pender and Duplin County exam dates, cost is $50. For Brunswick County exam dates, cost is $40 for returning students or $80 for new students.


Check the Upcoming Events on the Safe Plates website ( for upcoming Safe Plates classes in other counties.

Written By

Morgan Marshall, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMorgan MarshallExtension Master Food Volunteer Program Manager & Local Food Communications Asst Call Morgan Email Morgan Agricultural & Human Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 5 years ago
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