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The Illinois Retail Merchants Association has partnered with Safe Food Handlers to provide professional training to your employees in the food service industry.

Safe Food Handlers has been providing food safety training for the food industry since 1982 and has trained thousands of food service professionals in over 50,000 companies throughout the United States and has a reputation for providing quality food manager training classes at affordable prices in convenient locations.

Safe Food Handlers tailors its training to meet the requirements of all State, County and City health departments throughout the country.  We only hire food safety trainers that have the education and experience to provide quality training to our customers in the food industry.  Each student that signs up for our food manager course will receive our 128 page comprehensive food manager training manual and a Conference for Food Protection examination that is approved in your jurisdiction.

For more information, please call 1-888-793-5136.

IRMA Food Training

Food Training

Fulfill new state requirements with this new quick and easy training.

Illinois law requires that all food handlers receive training in basic food handling principals by within 30 days of employment.

“Food employee” or “food handler” means an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils, or food-contact surfaces. Any food handler working in Illinois, unless that person holds a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification or is an unpaid volunteer, is required to receive food handler training. If someone working in a facility is not a food handler on a regular basis, but fills in as a food handler when needed, they must also receive food handler training.

IRMA Tobacco Training

Tobacco Training

Employee training can greatly reduce an employer’s liability. 

Effective January 1, 2016, P.A. 99-0192 included an optional tobacco training provision that provides a safe harbor for Illinois retailers from fines associated with the sale of tobacco to minors. Under the previous statute, if a retail employee sold tobacco to a minor, the retailer would be fined regardless of whether the retailer had instituted a tobacco training program to deter tobacco sales to minors. The statutory fines range from $200 to $800 per violation depending on the frequency of the violation in the particular store. P.A. 99-0192 corrects this inequity and provides that if a retailer institutes a tobacco training program for their employees the retailer is not liable for their employee’s mistake and aforementioned resulting fines.

We highly encourage all Illinois retailers to take advantage of this provisions and certify their employees today.

IRMA Alcohol Training

Basset Training

Be ahead of the game. Certify your staff today.

Illinois law requires that all on-premise alcohol servers, including those required to check identification for alcohol services, will be mandated to take Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET). BASSET is the State of Illinois’ responsible beverage seller/server program. This BASSET certification course provides you with the knowledge and techniques to be a responsible alcohol seller. The Illinois alcohol server certification is taken 100% online so users may obtain their license in a simple and hassle-free way. is approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. This is a 4-hour self-paced training course.

We encourage all members to take advantage of the exclusive members-only promotion.