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Safe Plates is NC State Extension’s family of evidence-based food safety programming and resources for retail, community, and home-based food safety.
The Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension offers Safe Plates for Food Managers and Safe Plates Food Handlers.

Safe Plates for Food Managers

This program prepares managers for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved Food Protection Manager Certification. Managers successfully completing this ANSI exam meet the FDA Food Code 2022 requirement for a Certified Food Protection Manager. This certificate not only meets the same requirement in North Carolina but is also good throughout the United States for five years. Managers trained in Safe Plates for Food Managers are equipped to create a work environment that minimizes food safety risks in their restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores through best practices, open communication, and thoughtful practice.
Safe Plates differs from other food safety manager classes as it is taught through case studies, storytelling, activities, and discussion. Course content includes developing a food safety culture at the worksite, safe handling, preparation, storage, allergens, and active management. This class is interactive and encourages participants to engage with the material.


Virtual Safe Plates for Food Safety Manager Course

  • Registration can be completed at, and immediate access to the course is granted upon registration.
  • Price of the course depends on if you want to purchase the training and exam together. Please see the options below:
    • Training + In-Person Exam – $125  Price includes 365-day access to the program and online instructors plus the cost of the exam.
    • Training Only – $90 Price includes 365-day access to the program and online instructors.
  • To view our help videos on registration, accessing the course, and more, please visit You can also view a list of FAQs about the program.
  • Tests will be given in person at the Brunswick County Extension Center in Bolivia, NC. (See schedule below). Pre-registration required.

In-Person Safe Plates for Food Safety Manager Course

  • Comprehensive multi-day sessions for food service managers and supervisory staff.
  • Taught in Brunswick County.
  • Registration fee is $125 per person. Includes all instruction, book, test, and proctor. Check or money order only payable to Brunswick County. It is recommended to pay in person at the Extension office in Bolivia and pick up a book before class starts.
  • Books and classes will be in English, tests are available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Traditional Modern Chinese (need 15 days notice).
  • Accommodations related to a disability should be made 15 days before class.
  • Tests will be given on the last day of class.

2024 Class Information:

Class Location Date & Time Cost Testing
Safe Plates for Food Managers Brunswick County Administrative Building 30 Government Center Dr NE, Bolivia, NC 28422 October 28, 2024 and November 4, 2024 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


*check or money order only*

November 4, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.
Online Safe Plates for Food Managers



Online registration is through the NCSU Reporter System



*credit card only*

 In-person testing will be:

August 26th, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, Bolivia

September 23rd, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, Bolivia

November 4th, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick County Government Center, 2nd Floor, Bolivia




Please make reservations at least 15 days before the date on which you plan to test. Tests are available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.

 For more information on Safe Plates in Brunswick County, call 910.253.2610 or email Cheryle Syracuse,