Food Safety and Environmental Solutions, LLC offers professional food safety training and consulting services to meet your needs.


Illinois and Nationally approved Certified Food Protection Manager courses that focus on practical and proven safe food handing practices for your organization.

Illinois and Nationally Approved
8 Hour Certified Food Protection Manager Courses

Food Handler Training
ANSI Approved with Online and On-site options available

Food Safety Consulting customized
for your business

Laurie​ Braunschweig, Vice President


Laurie Braunschweig is an accomplished business professional with over 15 years of account management and customer satisfaction experience while working for AIG Insurance. Working with customers to understand their needs/goals and helping them develop a plan to accomplish those needs/goals while ensuring results is what she does best. Having earned a business degree from Wisconsin’s oldest University, working for 3 separate insurance organizations, and raising four children, Laurie understands that the keys to success are organization, hard work, and making good choices. In addition, Laurie volunteers her time at the local school and is an active member of the Wauconda community having helped organized community events.

About us


Heather Anderson, President


Heather Anderson is an Illinois Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner, Nationally Registered Sanitarian and Certified Instructor in Food Protection Manager Certification with the National Environmental Health Association. After graduating from Illinois State University with a BS in Environmental Health, Heather worked with the Lake County Health Department in Illinois for 15 years and served as a Registered Environmental Health Practitioner and Food Safety Specialist. Training has always been her passion and she was responsible for new staff and intern mentoring throughout her career with the health department.


Heather resides in Port Barrington, Illinois with her twin boys. She created this company to provide professional training services and continue her work as a superior educator.

Frequently Asked Questions



Do I need to apply for an IL Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate?

Effective January 1, 2018, per PA 100-0194, the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) will be eliminated. An ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam are still required, but students will not need to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate. The City of Chicago will still maintain their certification. For questions, please email


Who is required to have food handler training?

Any food handler working in Illinois, unless that person has a valid Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification or unpaid volunteer. If someone working in a facility is not a food handler on a regular basis, but fills in as a food handler when needed, they must have food handler training. The ANSI food handler training certificates are valid for three years. Click here to begin training.


What is Food Allergen Awareness Training?

With the adoption of PA 100-0367 on August 25, 2017, amendments to the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act were made to include an allergen awareness training requirement. All certified food protection managers (CFPMs) working in a restaurant must complete additional allergen training using an approved program. Certificate of course completion must be kept at the establishment, made available to the health inspector upon request and is an item on the inspection report. Certificates are valid for 3 years.Click here to begin training.
New regulation goes into effect January 1, 2018. Enforcement begins July 1, 2018.


What type of establishments need Food Allergen Awareness Training?

Restaurants assigned as Category I (High Risk) by their local health department. A restaurant is defined as any business that is primarily engaged in the sale of ready-to-eat food for immediate consumption. This does not include grocery stores, convenience stores, daycares, schools, assisted living or long term care facilities, food handlers (those without CFPM certifications), and certified food protection managers for risk category 2 or 3 establishments.




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Certified Food Protection Manager Courses

2018 Course Schedule:

Holiday Inn Express, 197 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich




Monday, March 12th


Monday, April 9th


Monday, May 7th


Monday, June 11th


Monday, June 18th (SPANISH)

Holiday Inn Express, 2595 Bunker Hill Drive, Algonquin
$30 off Jan-Mar to celebrate our new location!




Tuesday, February 27th


Monday, March 19th


Tuesday, April 17th


Monday, May 21st


Tuesday, June 26th



All classes run from 8:30am-5pm with the exam immediately following. Classes are taught in English or Spanish, however exams are also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.


Cost: $180, includes study book and exam
Cost of online course: $180, includes course link and exam; must contact us PRIOR to starting
Retake exams cost: $40
ServSafe© certification is available for a $20 additional fee.
Exam only proctor fee: $60
ServSafe© exam only proctor fee: $80


We accept cash, check or credit card for advanced registration. Note: A $25 fee will be charged for all NSF checks. Please print out the registration form and mail it with payment to:


Food Safety and Environmental Solutions, LLC
c/o Laurie Braunschweig
2252 Clearbrook Court
Wauconda, IL 60084




Class fees are non-refundable. You may transfer your registration to a different date one time free of charge. If class or exam date is rescheduled more than once, a $40 rescheduling fee will be applied for each rescheduled date thereafter.



Certified Food Protection Manager



Effective January 1, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer issue Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificates (FSSMC). An ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification obtained through a course and passing the exam are still required, but students will not need to apply for the additional Illinois FSSMC certificate.


Our CFPM course is ANSI approved with curriculum created by the National Environmental Health Association. The course is 8 hours inclusive of the exam with interactive activities and demonstrations. Topics covered include: Foodborne Illness, Food Safety Education, Safe Food Handling, Cross Contamination, HACCP, Facilities and Equipment, Integrated Pest Management, Food Safety Regulations and more.


You must pass the exam with a grade of 75% or better in order to be eligible to receive your certificate from our nationally approved testing provider, Prometric Inc. You may retake the exam as many times as needed for up to 1 year post class date. We also offer ServSafe© exams for an additional fee.


Upon passing the exam, your certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks. This is the only certificate you will need to provide to your regulatory authority to be in compliance with the IL and FDA food codes.




Food Handler Training



Beginning July 1, 2014, a food handler certification will be required for all food handlers working in a restaurant, other than someone holding a Food Service Sanitation Manager certificate, and they must receive or obtain training in basic safe food handling principles within 30 days after employment.


The training provides food handlers with the knowledge and skills they need to safely handle foods for human consumption. Successful completion of the program assures food managers, regulators and trainers that the certificate holder has completed a basic course in food safety.


To be awarded the Certificate of Completion, an individual must complete the training course and pass the 40-question multiple-choice assessment with a 70% of higher. You may retake the assessment as many times as needed if a passing score is not achieved. The Certificate of Completion is valid for 3 years, at which time candidates must again take the course.


We offer 2 convenient ways to obtain Food Handler Training. Both methods are certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and provide a certificate of completion immediately upon successful completion of the course.


On-site training:


  1. A 2 hour training program that meets all requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health taught at your facility.

  2. On-site training for groups of 25 or more.

  3. Flexible scheduling to meet your organization's needs, including weekend availablility.

  4. Course is taught in English, however the book & assessment are available in English or Spanish.

  5. Cost of the training program is $20 per person (minimum of 25 participants required).


Online training:


  1. Course can be taken on your schedule to provide maximum flexibility.

  2. Choose from English or Spanish.

  3. Cost of the online training program is $9.95/person.

  4. Click here to proceed to the online training provider.




Food Safety Consulting Services



At Food Safety and Environmental Solutions LLC, we offer a customized program designed specifically to meet the needs of your establishment. Our goal is to provide our clients food safety solutions and training to ensure a safe and wholesome product is being delivered to your customers as well as maintaining compliance with your local health department.


We offer:


  1. Training and/or certification to your employees to improve safe food handling practices.

  2. A management program guide, including food temperature logs, HACCP program development, food safety checklists, and more.

  3. Pest control evaluation and auditing.

  4. Regulatory communication to help meet compliance standards.

  5. Food inspection services.


Please call (847) 865-5106 for more information and pricing.