Certified Food Protection Manager

While every manager must maintain Active Managerial Control, most food establishments, including assisted living facilities, are also required to have at least one employee with a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certificate (WAC 246-215-02107) on or before March 1, 2023. After March 1, 2023, should the CFPM leave employment for any reason, the company has 60 days to have another CFPM in place.

The CFPM must make sure managers are trained, procedures are developed, and food safety requirements are understood and followed. The CFPM does not need to be on premises but is expected to have a key role in ensuring food safety. A person may be the CFPM for multiple establishments, such as at a restaurant or store with several locations.

View a list of accredited organizations that issue food protection manager certifications

WHCA is working in collaboration with the Department of Health to ensure members receive updated information necessary to implement this new regulation. Please watch your email inbox for more information. 

For assisted living companies that also hold an active membership in Argentum, Argentum has established a partnership with the leader in food safety training and certification—the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe™ program. ServSafe is widely respected in the foodservice industry as the leader in food safety training and certification, offering resources and examinations created by foodservice and regulatory experts. Through this partnership, Argentum members are eligible to receive a 20% discount on ServSafe training that can be used to prepare for the ServSafe certification examination. The discount for Argentum members can be applied by visiting the ServSafe portal designed for Argentum. Learn more.


If you have questions regarding the assisted living requirements, please contact Vicki McNealley or call at (800) 562-6170, extension 107.

For skilled nursing facilities, it is important to also review the state and federal requirements. F801-Qualified Dietary Staff-CMS added an additional qualification to the list of qualifications necessary to meet the requirement for the director of food and nutrition services. The director of food and nutrition services must, at a minimum, meet one of the qualifications listed under §483.60(a)(2)(i)(E), the new qualifications include: 

  • Has 2 or more years of experience in the position of director of food and nutrition services in a nursing facility setting; and 
  • Has completed a course of study in food safety and management, by no later than October 1, 2023, that includes topics integral to managing dietary operations including, but not limited to, foodborne illness, sanitation procedures, and food purchasing/receiving.

The SNF state WAC rules can be found in WAC 388-97-1160-Dietary personnel. If you have questions regarding the SNF requirements, please contact Elena Madrid or call at (800) 562-6170, extension 105.

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