*Drink stands are not required to have certified persons.
The NC FOOD CODE encourages the people who make important decisions in the food establishment to have a good foundation for training other employees; rejecting products that are not received properly; handling customer complaints; monitoring specialized processes; and understanding employee health policy.
A PIC is required at all times of operation, including set-up/ prep and clean-up at the end of the business day.
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The certification must be provided by an ANSI-accredited testing source and proctored in-person.
The certification must have an expiration date, and the certification must be in date to apply.
There is not a requirement for a course, only certification.
There are many companies that provide food safety courses and certification exams.
Certificates issued by other states are honored, but re-certification at five years is strongly encouraged.
The Food Handler certificates of some curricula do NOT apply for PIC requirements. They are, however, very good ways to train front-line employees.
There may be local agency providers and private contractors in the area who advertise their courses and exams on the following websites.