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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Prerequisite Training Prior to Exam

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Prior to sitting for the exam, an applicant must complete pre-certification coursework for the chosen primary program area. It is recommended that an applicant not begin the pre-certification coursework until they receive notification from the Department of Health that they have satisfied the eligiblity requirements.

Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems Program (OSTDS)

Florida Onsite Wastewater Association

The Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems Program (OSTDS) prerequisite coursework and exams are provided through a week long Accelerated Certification Training (ACT), provided at the Polk County Training Site for the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association, Inc (FOWA).

You may access training dates using the following link: ACT Training Dates 2024. Persons not employed by the Department of Health should contact FOWA to determine the training fee. 

ACT Study Materials: Additional information and study materials are located at the following website: ACT Information and Study Guide.

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Food Protection Program - Government Employees Only

Please note that the prerequisite coursework for the Food Protection Program is currently only available to government employees. The Food Protection Program prerequisite coursework is offered through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA).

These FDA ORA courses are free to current government employees, with a verifiable active government e-mail address. Applicants will have to register on both the ComplianceWire FDAORAOTED website and the FDA ORA LearnED Training website respectively to be able to access all required courses. A listing of required courses may be accessed using the following link, FDA ORA Required Course Listing.