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How to get ServSafe Certification on a Budget

ServSafe certification is expensive. You have to buy an online course or find a ServSafe class in your area. If you take the class, your instructor will usually make you buy the ServSafe book too.

If you take the online course, you’ll have to buy an exam and pay for the services of a ServSafe proctor to administer that exam.

All this adds up and becomes quite expensive. If you can save a little money, it helps!

Here are some examples of what things would cost, but of course you wouldn’t have to buy all of them.

  • ServSafe Online Food Manager Course: $125
  • ServSafe Manager Book: $50+
  • ServSafe Manager Exam: $38
  • Typical ServSafe Class: $150 to $250
  • Typical ServSafe Exam Proctor: $50 to $200

The most expensive route to take is the class, because usually you’ll be required to buy the textbook. So we’ll rule that out and focus on the online course instead.

How to get ServSafe Certification Cheaper

Many people don’t realize that the ServSafe online course is NOT required. You can take any accredited food safety course that you want and still get a certificate from ServSafe. The only thing that matters is passing the ServSafe exam. The exam is what makes you certified, not the online course.

Fortunately there are cheaper alternatives. In fact we found one that is not only cheaper, but much better too. It’s called TAP Series.

Why is TAP Series better than ServSafe?

The only requirements for the online course is that it must be accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and also approved by the CFP (Conference for Food Protection). TAP Series and ServSafe both have these. But TAP Series is better than ServSafe and here’s why:

First of all, the TAP Series course only costs $85 but the ServSafe course costs $125. Both online courses teach the same food safety principles. In our experience students pass the ServSafe exam at the same rate with both online courses.

ServSafe does not give refunds under any circumstance. But TAP Series will always give you a 100% refund within 30 days of purchase, as long as you have not completed more than 1 lesson.

ServSafe has no guarantee that you’ll pass their own exam. But TAP Series guarantees that you will pass the ServSafe exam. If you fail, TAP Series will let you retake their online course again at no cost. With ServSafe, if you fail you will have to buy another online course.

Finally, ServSafe only provides customer support between the hours of 8:00AM and 6:00PM. But TAP Series provides 24 hour customer support.

I’m ready to get my ServSafe certification by taking the TAP Series online course, what do I do?

Sometimes a state government could have special requirements. Click on your state in the map above to see if TAP Series is approved in your state. If it is, click on the Register button and the rest will be self explanatory.

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