Classes

FOOD HANDLERS TRAINING

The Food Handler class will be held on the 4th floor located in Environmental Health at the Portsmouth Health Department.  See flyer below for more information.

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

2018 Food Handler Class Flyer  (Requires Adobe Acrobat)

We also have provided food handler classes online through “State Food Safety” at http://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/virginia/portsmouth-city.  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.


CERTIFIED FOOD MANAGER TRAINING

The 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.

2018 Certified Food Manager Class Flyer (Requires Adobe Acrobat)


POOL OPERATOR CERTIFICATION

This course is self-study, it allows you to review the test material at your own pace prior to taking the exam.

Fee options:

  • $50 – Textbook, 1 hour timed exam and certification card.
  • $40 – 1 hour timed exam and certification card (textbook may be printed or downloaded from this site).
  • $15 – retest.

Please allow 3 (three) business days for grading. A passing score of 80 is required to become certified.

Please note: The Pool Operator Certification is valid for 5 years. Also, if you are working outside of the City of Portsmouth, please ensure this certification meets your local requirements.

Textbook: Pool Operation and Maintenance Guide (Requires Adobe Acrobat)


CHILD RESTRAINT SAFETY SEAT INSTALLATION TRAINING

Safety Seat installation and Use Class

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.


BREAST FEEDING ACTIVITIES

Pregnant 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