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Okanogan County Public Health
Working for the health of the people in Okanogan County

   
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For Public Health emergencies after hours call 911. To report
  • Septic violations
  • Food safety violations
  • Illegal dumping
  • Smoking in public places

contact us at: 509-422-7140

 
 

Food Worker Cards

New Hours... Starting June 1, Okanogan County Public Health's computer stations will be open:
Monday~ Fridays – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

All food employees in Okanogan County who handle unwrapped foods or beverages are required to hold a current Washington State Food Worker Card (WAC 246-217). Food worker cards are $10.00.

To obtain a card, you must take a course and successfully complete a test covering the course material. Courses and tests are available in eight languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian.
 
Study ahead.  Click here to view a Food Worker Manual.

  

Option 1: Come to the Okanogan County Public Health (OCPH).
  • Take the class, the test, and pay for your card at Okanogan County Public Health. We are located at 1234 2nd Avenue South, Okanogan, WA 98840
  • Computer stations are available Mondays ~ Fridays – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • You will need payment of $10.00. Payment can be made with cash, check or money orders. We do not accept credit or debit cards
     
  • Testing area rules (pdf)
 
Option 2: Do everything online. 
  • Take the class, the test, and pay for your card online. You will print your card after successful completion of the test.
  • You must be able to make payment by credit or debit card and you must be connected to a printer.
  • If you qualify for a 3-year or 5-year card but did not obtain your current card using the online program, read these FAQs (pdf) before you get started.
  • Once you’re ready, start here: Food Worker Card - Online Class & Test
 
Option 3: Take the class and the test online – pay for & pick up your card at Okanogan County Public Health.
  • This option (or Option 1) should be used if you do not have a credit or debit card available for payment, or the ability to print a card. This is also a good option if you want to renew your card for 3 or 5 years and did not obtain your current card online. FAQs (pdf)
  • Take the online class and test and stop once you have taken and passed the test, and before you make payment online. 
  • Bring your photo ID and payment of $10.00 to OCPH, Monday ~ Fridays – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – and we will print your card for you.
  • Start here: Food Worker Card - Online Class & Test
 
Option 4: Take the class and the test on Thursdays at Okanogan County Public Health.

Starting in May, 2016 the class in English or Spanish will be offered the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm at 1234 South 2nd Avenue in Okanogan.  The class takes approximately 1½ hours.  We ask that you please try to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to get signed in and pay for the class before it starts.  Daycare is not provided. Please make other arrangements.

Washington State Food & Beverage Workers Manuals are available at:

 


 

 

 
 

 

 

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1234 South 2nd Avenue
P.O. Box 231
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 422-7140

   

 

For more information contact: Marta Reed, Email

Web Master: Marta Reed

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