The ServSafe exams are a group of five tests, each of which can lead to certification in a specific part of the food service industry. There are tests for Food Service Handling, Food Service Manager, and Responsible Alcohol Service (Primary and Advanced). A fourth test, ServSafe Allergens, is currently only required in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, though will likely be picked up by other states in the near future. The newest test, ServSafe Workplace, is an online-only course without a testing component that deals with workplace harassment and bias.
The ServSafe program is administered by the National Restaurant Association, which makes training and testing materials available. ServSafe certification is accepted nationwide in the United States. The test is available in a number of languages, besides English, and is given in either paper or computer versions. While coursework and testing can both be done online, certain tests require a proctor, which means even the online versions must be completed in a testing center.