In-person class and test
Downtown Seattle -
401 5th Ave (corner of 5th and Jefferson)
Seattle WA 98104
Rooms 121 and 126 as specified below are on the ground floor. Enter through lobby and head to back of building behind elevator banks.
Classes are on the following Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (doors close at 9:15 am). Reservations for seats are not necessary. There is enough space for everyone who arrives on time.
- February 22, 2023 (Room 126)
- March 29, 2023 (Room 121)
- April 26, 2023 (Room 121)
- May 31, 2023 (Room 126)
- June 28, 2023 (Room 121)
- July 26, 2023 (Room 126)
- August 30, 2023 (Room 126)
- September 27, 2023 (Room 121)
- October 25, 2023 (Room 126)
- November 29, 2023 (Room 126)
- December 27, 2023 (Room 126)
Parking: If you are planning to drive, metered street parking is available in the area as well as several parking lots south of the building along 5th Ave. A parking garage is located across the street (enter by heading halfway up Jefferson then turn south into the alleyway entrance.) Please note that we do not validate for parking.
To help you understand the concepts taught in the class and later in the exam, download the following materials to study in advance so that you can easily pass the test:
- Food Worker Manual (available in multiple languages by the Washington State Dept. of Health)
- Streaming videos on food safety
- Attention Meat Cutters: If your job requires the cutting of fresh beef, veal, lamb and/or pork within a meat establishment you will need to pass an exam to obtain a personal occupational "Meat Cutter" license in addition to the food worker card exam. See testing dates and locations.
What to bring and other important information
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the class time on the schedule to ensure that you have time to register, pay for the class and get a seat – doors close at 9:15 am. Class starts promptly at the time given in the schedule. Late arriving individuals are not allowed in class once it starts and will have to either take the course online or wait a month for the next scheduled class. Pre-registration is not required prior to arriving.
The class and test together take about 1-1/2 hours to complete (not including arriving 30 minutes in advance of the class start time.)
Bring your driver's license, passport, or school ID, etc.
Bring $10.00 cash (checks and credit/debit cards not accepted) to pay for your Food Worker Card.
If you are renewing for a 3 or 5 year card, bring your old card or a copy of it that expired less than 30 days ago, or will expire within the next 60 days.
For a 5-year card, bring in proof (certificate or card) that you have completed an approved food safety training class within the last 2 years.
There is no minimum age one needs to be to take the class and test however, you must be able to read the book and test, and to write out your registration form. If you need help, it is good to bring a friend or relative that you can trust to help you during the class.
Training materials and tests are available at the food worker card classes in English, Spanish, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese. The test is also available in Japanese but sorry no training materials available for this language.
If you need help to understand the class or the test, bring someone you trust, or call us for an interpreter (please allow at least two weeks advance notice) at 206-263-9566.
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/foodworker