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Online Food Manger Exam FAQs

What is the cost of the online Food Safety Manager exam?
The testing fee is $110 per person. The fee includes the cost of the online exam code of $36 (RAMW discounts the online exam to $35) and the proctor fee of $75 to administer the exam, for a total of $110. You are able to purchase the exam code directly from and provide the exam access code to the proctor on the date of the exam session; the proctor fee of $75 will be due at that time. RAMW is currently taking an additional $20 discount off the Proctor fee.
Do I need to take the Food Manager class ahead of time?

RAMW provides the exam only to persons who have completed the ServSafe Food Manager course - either in person with an instructor or online via; and persons who hold an expired or expiring certificate. 

If you have not held a Food Manager certification for more than 3 years, we recommend taking the full-course either online at or in-person with an Instructor prior to taking the online exam.  Click to see the RAMW schedule of classes.

Do I need to register to take the exam ahead of time?
Yes. Registration is required ahead of time to schedule the exam with the RAMW proctor.

When is the exam held?
View availability here for the online exam.

Can I take the exam if I have not been certified previously?
Yes, once you have completed the required 8-hour course instruction either online or via an in-person course. Proof of completion of instruction is required before the online exam can be scheduled. NOTE: RAMW administers SERVSAFE exams only.

What do I need for the exam? 
On the day of your scheduled exam, you must bring a valid government-issued photo-id to verify you as the registered attendee and for exam identification, a copy of your expiring/expired ServSafe Food Safety Manager certificate or ServSafe provided proof of course completion. Also, bring proof of payment; it can be the emailed receipt on your phone or a printed copy. If your exam was paid for by someone else (i.e. your employer) you will need to provide the name on the payment card for verification if you do not have an email or print out of proof of payment. If you have not made payment on the day of the exam, you need to do so before the start of the test via credit card, company check, certified check or money order.

How many questions are on the test?
The Food Manager exam has 90 questions.

How long do I have to take the exam?
Examinees are allotted two-hours to complete the exam.

When will get the results of the exam?
Results are available immediately once the exam is completed. If you receive a passing score, RAMW will be able to print the certificate for you. If you do not pass the exam, you are able to re-take the test 2 times within 30-days of the initial test date.

Do you have Spanish or other language exam?
Yes, ServSafe offers the Food Manager exam in the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and French Canadian. Please be sure to alert RAMW at the time of scheduling your exam date if you would like to take the exam in one of these language options.

How long is the certificate valid?
In the District of Columbia, Food Manager certifications are valid for a period of 3 years. Please check with the jurisdiction in Maryland or Virginia where you are or will work for the validation period for the Food and/or Alcohol certifications.

Where are you located?
2112 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 450, Washington DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom/GWU neighborhood)

Is there parking available?
There is very limited street parking, however, there are several parking garages in close proximity to our office building.

What is the closest METRO station?
The closest METRO station is Foggy Bottom (blue, orange, and silver lines) which is approximately one-block from our office building.

What if I arrive late to the exam?
The examinee is granted a 15-minute grace period from the scheduled time. Please call us to let us know that you are running late at (202) 331-5990. Please note that examinees arriving 15-mins after the scheduled time may be asked to reschedule the session.

What is the severe weather plan?
The RAMW office follows the severe weather closure plan as set forth by the Federal Government.  If the Federal Government is closed on a scheduled exam day, the RAMW office is also closed and the exam will be rescheduled for a later date. For example, if the Federal Government is on a 2-hour delay, the RAMW office will open at 11:00 am - if your exam time is after 11:00am, your exam will take place as planned. However, if you exam is scheduled at 10am, you may be asked to come in later or to reschedule the exam date.

Is there an online class available?
Yes. ServSafe offers the Food Manager course online; but the exam must be administered by a certified proctor. Click here to visit

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