National Restaurant Association Surpasses 5 Million ServSafe Certifications

The National Restaurant Association has surpassed a milestone by issuing its 5 millionth ServSafe certification, underscoring its place as the number-one food safety training program in the U.S. and abroad. The ServSafe Food Safety program has been the gold-standard for educating restaurant and foodservice managers and staff about food safety requirements and best practices for nearly 40 years.

“We are proud to celebrate this milestone of 5 million ServSafe certifications and continuing our success into the future,” said Paul Hineman, executive vice president for the National Restaurant Association. “We take great pride in our food safety training program and are thrilled that it has been embraced by so many restaurant and foodservice professionals around the world.”

Richard Bryan, an employee of McDonald’s franchisee Baine Enterprises, earned his ServSafe Manager certification in Augusta, Ga., marking 5 million ServSafe certifications issued by the National Restaurant Association. The Association will honor Bryan with an award to commemorate the event.

The Association launched ServSafe 6th Edition this spring with optimized, recalibrated and focused content created by the industry, for the industry. The new edition contains the latest FDA Food Code updates and is based on a new job task analysis developed exclusively by restaurant operators across segments, academic bodies and regulatory experts for real-life situations.

Because the ServSafe program is developed by the National Restaurant Association rather than a private enterprise, proceeds go toward helping improve the foodservice industry through research and education.

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe portfolio includes ServSafe Manager, ServSafe Food Handler and ServSafe Alcohol.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 970,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2013, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart, including the National ProStart Invitational April 19-21, 2013, in Baltimore, Md.); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.