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Training Classes


Food Handler TrainingThe Food Handler class will be held on the 4th floor located in Environmental Health at the Portsmouth Health Department. The classes will be offered on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

Morning class start at 10:00 am
Afternoon class start at 2:00 pm

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to class to register. Class will start promptly at the times listed above. No admittance once class has started. Seating is limited to class participants only!

Fee: $10.00 (Cash, check, or money order) due at registration.

The Food Handler's card is valid for two years. For more information, call (757) 393-8585, extension 8585

See 2014 pamphlet, requires Adobe Acrobat: FoodHandlersClass2014.pdf

See 2015 pamphlet, requires Adobe Acrobat: FoodHandlersClass2015.pdf

Food Handler Class Schedule

Month Days
November 5th 19th
December 3rd 17th

Food Handler Class Schedule

Month Days
January 7th 21st
February 4th 18th
March 4th 18th
April 1st 15th
May 6th 20th
June 3rd 17th
July 1st 15th
August 5th 19th
September 2nd 16th
October 7th 21st
November 4th 18th
December 2nd 16th

We also have provided food handler classes online through "State Food Safety" at . Purchase online course for $15.  Complete course and test in less than 90 minutes.  This includes the ability to print your food handler card after completion of the course. Class is offered in full audio and visual in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, and American Sign.

State Food Safety Website


Food Handler TrainingThe CPFM certificate is valid for 3 years and takes the place of a Food Handler's card which is required by Portsmouth. The CPFM certificate is recognized throughout the United States.

Certified Professional Food Manager
Class Schedule for 2014
Month Days
November 4th & 6th
Certified Professional Food Manager
Class Schedule for 2015
Month Days
February 24th & 26th
March 24th & 26th
April 21st & 23rd
May 26th & 28th
June 23rd & 25th
July 21st & 23rd
August 25th & 27th
September 22nd & 24th
October 27th & 29th
November 10th & 12th

See 2014 pamphlet, requires Adobe Acrobat: CertFoodMgrPamphlet2014.pdf

See 2015 pamphlet, requires Adobe Acrobat: CertFoodMgrPamphlet2015.pdf


Safety Seat installation and Use ClassPic

Safety seats are available through the Low-Income Safety Seat Program. To qualify, applicant must:

• Be Medicaid or income eligible
• Be in last trimester of pregnancy or child less than 1 year of age at date of application
• Be a US Citizen or legal alien
• Be a Virginia resident
• Be foster parent or legal guardian
• Attend Safety Seat Installation and Use Class
• Sign a Release of Liability Waiver Form

Classes are held at the Portsmouth Health Department. To schedule an appointment, call 393-8585 ext. 8525.

For more information, contact Dorothelia Williams at 393-8585 ext. 8531.

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PicPregnant and nursing mothers are invited to attend free Breastfeeding Classes held at the Portsmouth WIC Office, 1st Floor.

  • Breastfeeding Hot Topics support group 1st Thursday of every month at 1:15 and 5:00 p.m.
  • Breastfeeding Class 2nd, 3rd and 5th Thursdays at 1:15 and 5:00 PM
  • Breastfeeding Baby Shower 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. ~ with refreshments, games & prizes ~

For more information, please call a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at 409-4671.

Don't forget to bring your WIC folder to receive WIC checks at class.

WIC office hours:

    • Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 7:40 AM – 5:45 PM
    • Thursday 1:00 AM – 6:45 PM
    • Friday - closed

Last Updated: 08-13-2015

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