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The in-person Food Worker Card class offers materials in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Russian and Vietnamese. There will be no class on any official holidays.

Downtown Seattle - Chinook Building
401 5th Ave (corner of 5th and Jefferson)
Seattle WA 98104

  • 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.

  • Rooms 121 and 126 as specified below are on the ground floor. Enter through lobby and head to back of building beyond the elevators.

Class schedule
Held on Fridays, 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon (doors close by 9:15 am). Reservations are not necessary.

September 13, 2019 Room #121
October 4, 2019 Room #121
November 1, 2019 Room #121
December 6, 2019 Room #126
January 3, 2020 Room #126
February 7, 2020 Room #121
March 6, 2020 Room #126
April 3, 2020 Room #121
May 1, 2020 Room #126
June 5, 2020 Room #126
July 10, 2020 Room #126
August 7, 2020 Room #126
September 11, 2020 Room #126
October 2, 2020 Room #126
November 6, 2020 Room #126
December 4, 2020 Room #126


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.


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.

How to schedule a private class for your group at your location

If you would like a Public Health food worker card instructor to train your group at your location (King County, WA only), please complete the following form to get started and we'll be in touch with you to finalize the details to schedule a training.

Please allow 2 weeks advance notice of when you would like to have the class scheduled so we can organize staff time and other resources as necessary. If you have additional questions about this process, please call the King County Food Protection office at 206-263-9566.

Fees: $10 for each permit issued

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