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Backcountry Food Certification


Hey River Guides! Coconino County Environmental Health Department has now developed ONE SINGLE ONLINE TRAINING for ALL Backcountry Food Certification. In other words, whether you've gotten a Food Handler's cert or a Food Manager's cert in the past, you will need to take this new Backcountry course when your current card expires. This Backcountry certification is good for three years and has been approved by Grand Canyon National Park.


Here's the deal:

The Backcountry Food Manager's Training includes a wider breadth of topics than the standard Food handler Training. The training covers topics such as vector, sanitation, food, and water safety. This training is unique to Coconino County due to the Grand Canyon and river guide training needs. Please note that the card you will receive after completing the course will indicate that you are a Backcountry Food MANAGER. And see the important note below for how to request your card!



Below is the link the updated Backcountry education and certification. You will go to a portal, scroll down till you see the "Education" category and click on "pay for a test." You will then be asked to create an account, choose the Backcountry course, make a payment, and you will be in the course. If you are not in the course click on my account and click on the EDU link given for the course. Depending on your internet connection the course make take a moment to load.

You may contact Coconino County Environmental Health with any technical issues at 928-679-8761.  A refund will be considered with proof that you have tried to call and resolve any difficulty you are having.   Please be advised that a refund could take 30 days.


Backcountry Certification Training


IMPORANT NOTE: After you complete the online course, it does not automatically generate a certification card (because there is an ID requirement), so what you need to do is as follows:

1) Upon completion of the course, guides will need to email Austin Foster at the Coconino County Environmental Health Department at afoster@coconino.az.gov

2) Indicate that you just took the Backcountry Food Manager's course, request a certification card, and provide Austin with a digital copy of your photo ID.

3) Austin will then verify that you took the course and will email you your Backcountry Food Manager's certification card. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE COCONINO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICE TO PICK IT UP.


If you have any questions, you can call Austin Foster at (928) 679-8760.