Training for “Designated Alternates”
and Other Food Service Workers


Community Accessible Food Service Education Program

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As part of our on-going efforts to educate the public and our food service establishment partners, Ledge Light Health District offers on-site foodservice training. District Sanitarians will visit your food service establishment and provide refresher training for all of your foodservice workers. Or, if you prefer, you can schedule training at our facility on Broad Street in New London.

This is a three-hour, basic introductory food handler training course. The training will cover all of the basic elements of knowledge that a foodservice worker must demonstrate to be in compliance with the “on premises training records” requirements of Section 19-13-B42 of the Public Health Code for Class III and Class IV food establishments. The program covers important elements of food safety and foodborne illness prevention including time and temperature controls, personal hygiene, and cross contamination. The cost of the training is $30 per person, or $200 for an entire establishment (for onsite training).

It may also satisfy the “Designated Alternate” requirements of Section 19-13-B42 of the Public Health Code for Class III and Class IV food establishments within LLHD. A record of training and a certificate is provided to individuals completing the training and passing a test. These individuals may be qualified to be designated alternates, if the owner/manager and applicant sign and maintain the certificate onsite.  A Designated Alternate is responsible for assuring and maintaining safe food handling practices when the Qualified Food Operator is not on the premises.

This training is also provided to temporary event food booth operators who may need safe food handling education prior to large festivals and events such as the annual Celebrate East Lyme, Ledyard Fair, Mystic Blue Festival or Sailfest. Lastly, the Café Program can be a useful tool to assist food establishments to correct food handling behaviors and poor inspection scores during routine compliance inspections.

This class is not ServSafe, Certified Food Manager or Qualified Food Operator (QFO) training.

2016-2017 CAFE Training Schedule

  • December 14, 2016 (5-8pm)
  • January 11, 2017 (9am-noon)
  • February 8 (9am-noon)
  • March 8 (9am-noon)
  • April 5 (9am-noon)
  • May 10 (5-8pm)
  • June 7 (5-8pm)
  • July 12 (5-8pm)
  • August 9 (5-8pm)
  • September 13 (9am-noon)
  • October 11 (9am-noon)
  • November 8 (9am-noon)
  • December 6 (9am-noon)

Enroll Now!

The cost of the class is $30. Please call Ledge Light Health District at (860) 448-4882 to enroll or register and pay for your class through our payment website. Enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis. To ensure a spot in the class, please enroll early. All classes are held at the Ledge Light Health District office at 216 Broad Street, New London. Depending on the month, classes are held from either 9 am-noon or 5-8 pm. The minimum class size is 5 people. Scheduled classes with less than 5 participants may be canceled or re-scheduled.

To learn more about the 2017 CAFE classes, click here.



Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Certification

Ledge Light Health District provides ServSafe®, a nationally recognized food safety and education program developed by the National Restaurant Association. ServSafe® meets the CT Public Health Code requirements for Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Certification for food service establishments.

Our ServSafe® Certification and Re-Certification programs are taught by skilled Environmental Health Specialists. Our instructors are experts in food safety and foodborne illness prevention and are State of Connecticut licensed sanitarians and certified food inspectors.

ServSafe® Certificate and Re-certification programs are $180.00 per person. The 8-hour class includes a ServSafe® textbook, examination and 5-year certificate of completion. You should obtain the textbook two weeks in advance of the class in order to prepare for the exam; after you register and pay you can pick the book up at our office in New London or it can be mailed to you for an additional $7.50.

2017 QFO Class Schedule

  • January 9
  • March 6
  • May 8
  • July 10
  • September 11
  • November 6

If you have taken the class through LLHD and did not pass the exam, you will be required to pay a $90 re-test fee.

If you have an expired certificate or have not previously trained through LLHD, you will be required to attend the class and pay the $180 fee.

If you miss a scheduled class, please call us at (860) 448-4882 to schedule another class, as you will not be guaranteed a spot in the next class.

All classes are held at Ledge Light Health District at 216 Broad Street, New London, CT 06320. Pre-registration is required. All classes are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more about the 2017 QFO classes, click here.

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