As one of the most regulated industries for the health, safety, and sanitation of its employees and customers, a career in the foodservice industry begins with a certification in food and/or alcohol safety. Whether your experience or interest is in food preparation — becoming a cook, sous chef, or chef, etc. — or in front of house service — a host, server, bartender, barback, or busser — all restaurant employees in Texas are required to have a valid food handler certification card. Front of house employees in establishments that serve beer, wine, and mixed beverages are also required to have a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) approved and valid seller-server certification.
To support the return of our industry's workforce post COVID-19 and welcome those interested in first-time foodservice employment, the Texas Restaurant Association, in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, is pleased to offer these certifications to Texas residents at no cost.
Select below which of the certifications you need and complete the registration form. Remember, all restaurant employees are required to have a valid food handler certification card, and front of house employees in establishments that serve beer, wine, and mixed beverages must also have a valid TABC seller-server certification.