Consumer Health

Consumer Health protects the public by providing an array of health and safety inspections to include food, childcare, and public swimming pools. Training is provided for food handlers, childcare workers and pool operators.

   

Online Food Handlers Card Training

Get information on food-handler training classes.

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Food Business

The Consumer Health division inspects restaurants and other food establishments to keep Fort Worth residents safe from food-borne diseases.

Mobile Food Vendors

Though similar to restaurants, mobile food vendors must meet additional requirements to address potential hazards specific to mobile establishments. 

Child Care

Learn about communicable diseases, immunizations, food protection, health and safety tips at the city's Child Care Training class.

Temporary Events

A temporary food establishment permit allows food service operations under reduced requirements for no more than 14 consecutive days.

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Plan Review

Plans for extensive remodeling and construction of a food service establishment, public pools and spas, and child care facilities must be submitted to the Consumer Health division.

Gaming Rooms

The City of Fort Worth adopted an ordinance affecting the operation of eight-liner and other similar gaming machines.

Health Guides and Advisories

Guides, advisories and other resources from the Consumer Health division. 

 


Training

Food -Handler Classes: Online or Classroom

Food-handler training classes are conducted at 818 Missouri Ave. Please arrive 30 minutes before class time to register. Attendees must register 30 minutes prior to the beginning of class. Registration ends five minutes prior to class, and there will be no admittance once registration closes.

Fee for the class is $16 per person, payable by cash or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted.

Class size is limited to 40 people. Please do not bring young children to class.

NEW! Online course now available. To register for Food Handler Online Training classes, click Online Classes button.

Online classes 

Classroom Training Information

In-Person Training Schedule:

English

   Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 AM

No Classes 

Spanish Class
Only

Registration:
8:30 - 8:55 am

Class time:
9:00 - 10:00 am 

 No Classes

No Classes 

Mobile Food 
Vendor Inspections:
10:30 am - Noon
Appointment required
for inspection.

Mobile Food 
Vendor Inspections:
10:30 am - Noon
Appointment required
for inspection.

 PM

 No Classes 

 Spanish Class
Only

Registration:
2:30 - 2:55 pm

Class time:
3:00 - 4:00 pm 

No Classes 

No Classes 

Mobile Food 
Vendor Inspections:
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Appointment required
for inspection.
 

Spanish

  Lunes Martes Miércoles Jueves Viernes
 AM

No Hay Clases

Registración:
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.

horario de clase:
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
español

Clase solamente en inglés. 

No Hay Clases

 No Hay Clases

 Inspecciones Vendedores
Ambulantes:
10:30 am - mediodía

Se requiere cita para inspeción.

Inspecciones Vendedores
Ambulantes:
10:30 am - mediodía

Se requiere cita para inspeción.

 PM

No Hay Clases

Registración:
1:00 - 1:25 am

horario de clase:
1:30 - 2:30 pm
español

Clase solamente en inglés. 

No Hay Clases 

No Hay Clases

Inspecciones Vendedores
Ambulantes:
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Se requiere cita para inspeción. 

 

Download the Food Handler Card Training Schedule.(PDF, 213KB)

Food Manager Certification: Online Training or Certificate Transfer

Food Manager Certification

Managers of food facilities in Fort Worth are required to have a valid Fort Worth Food Manager’s Card.

To get the card, you must:

  • Take the Fort Worth Online Food Manager Course and Exam.
  • Complete and pass the exam to earn the Fort Worth Food Manager Certificate.

If you already have a food manager certificate:

  • Bring your state-approved certificate and $15 to Consumer Health, 818 Missouri Ave.
  • The card is valid until the expiration date of the State Certification.
  • For more information, call the Consumer Health Division at 817-392-7255.


Child Care Training

Care Training class. Upon completion, each participant will receive a two hour credit toward Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services continuing education requirement.

Registration will be conducted at Fort Worth Code Compliance Department, 818 Missouri Ave. Please do not bring children to class.

Certificate

Class participants also receive a certificate from the Fort Worth Code Compliance Department. All day care certificates are valid for two years.

Fees

$16 cash or credit card per person, payable at the time of registration. No checks accepted.


Pool Operator

This basic course covers water chemistry, filtration and recirculation; state and local regulations; water-borne diseases; and pool safety and water testing. This one-day course is required for people responsible for operating and managing class C, D and E public swimming pools and spas. Operators and managers of competitive and municipal pools and spas (class A and B) must have a five-year Certified Pool Operators (CPO) certificate. After successfully completing the course, operators are issued a certificate valid for three years.

Course registration fee: $65 per participant. Class is limited. Pre-registration is required.

2021 class schedule

  • March 4
  • April 1– Spanish
  • April 15
  • April 22- Spanish
  • May 6– Pool and Hot Tub Alliance CPO Class ($275)
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17 – Spanish

Times: Check-in for all classes begins at 8 a.m. Class and exam are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 818 Missouri Ave.

Instructors

Our pool operator instructors are certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and are Registered Sanitarians. 

Why do you need training?

Swimming pool and spa operators are obligated to provide clean and safe facilities for public use. Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Diseases can be spread by swimming in unsanitized water. Proper training is essential to the safe operation of a pool.

The City of Fort Worth and some other cities under the Tarrant County Health Department jurisdiction require pool operator training for operators/managers of public pools. This certificate is good for three years and must be posted with the pool permit. This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals working with: apartments/condos, hotels/motels, health clubs and country clubs.

Any pool or spa closed for health and/or safety reasons shall remain closed until a $125 re-inspection fee is paid for each body of water closed.

Class materials

Please bring these items to the class with you:

  • Battery or solar calculator
  • Pen/pencil, notebook/legal pad
  • Pool test kit (DPD titration preferred)
  • Your pool’s dimensions and equipment list.

Mail completed registration form(PDF, 2MB) with check to:

Fort Worth Code Compliance Department ATTN: Consumer Health Division 818 Missouri Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104