FAQ: Online TABC Certification & Texas Food Handler Card Questions
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General

Of course! We designed our online TABC and Texas food handlers certification courses specifically for people in the service industry and we know how busy things get. Our online courses can be started at your convenience, paused, and finished on your own schedule.
Not at all! We have implemented features for our courses that allow you to sign in and out while holding your place in the course until it's been completed. In the service industry there's no telling how long you'll be on break or if you'll be called in on your day off when you were planning on taking certification course. That's why we've set up courses that can work around your hectic schedule.

TABC

In the digital age there's no reason to worry! You can grab another copy of your TABC certificate whenever you like by returning to the TABC Pronto site, logging in to your account, and clicking view certificate. You can download and print a copy of your official certificate at any time free of charge. You can also provide proof of your TABC certification via the TABC website:
  • Visit the TABC website
  • Go to “Certificate Inquiry
  • Enter your Social Security Number and Date of Birth
  • Print the page
It should be noted your TABC certification status won't appear on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission website immediately after you pass our online course. It can take up to 14 days for your certification status to be updated.
If you're worried your TABC certification is expired you can check your certificate’s expiration date on the TABC website by following these steps:
  • Visit the TABC’s website
  • Click “Certificate Inquiry
  • Enter your social security number (SSN) and Date of Birth
Once you pass our final exam, you'll be able to save and print your official TABC certificate. The certificate is issued as a PDF so if you're having trouble viewing, make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you don't have Adobe installed you can quickly download it.
You'll receive your official TABC certificate immediately upon finishing the course and passing the final test. The certificate will be issued as a PDF that you are allowed to print to have as a hard copy. If you ever need another hard copy of your certificate you can always log into your account on the TABC Pronto website and print another copy for free. It should be noted the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does not mail certificates like they use to. The only official certificate you'll receive is the one upon passing our final exam.
Technically, there is no age requirement to become TABC certified. However, it should be noted that you have to be a certain age to serve or sell alcohol in Texas.
Yes! Currently there aren't any criminal history restrictions in regards to taking a TABC certification course and becoming certified.
  • Almost all owners or managers of business that sell or serve alcohol in Texas require it
  • The course explains the criminal charges that can be filed against you for failing to adhere to TABC regulations
  • The course helps you understand you can be sued if the actions of you serving alcohol can result in personal injury or property damage
  • Learn how to make proper judgement calls when selling alcohol or dealing with intoxicated patrons
  • Better understanding TABC regulations can help you be more success at your job.
To become TABC certified you must take a course administered by a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved trainer or school. You can either take an on-site course in a classroom setting or an online course via your computer or mobile device. At TABC Pronto we understand your busy schedule might not allow you to set aside time to go in a classroom, so we provide an easy to use, self paced, online certification course. If you own or manage a business that sells or serves alcohol and would like to set up a corporate account for your employees to become TABC certified please contact us for more information.
The TABC is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a state agency that regulates businesses that sell and serve alcoholic beverages in Texas.
A TABC certification comes upon completing a seller/server training course that's been approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. While TABC approved private sector businesses, such as TABC Pronto, administer the certification courses the curriculum is structured by the TABC. After passing our course you'll receive your office TABC certificate that is immediately printable. You can use our printed certificate as proof to your employer that you've successfully completed a TABC certification course.
Yes, there is a a final exam comprised of 25 multiple choice questions at the end of the course. You must pass the test with a 70% or better to receive your TABC certificate. In the event you fail the test don't worry, TABC rules state you are allowed a second attempt. If you fail the the TABC certification test twice our website will redirect you to the beginning of the course to start over and review the material.
If purchased alone, our TABC certification online course is only $9.99. If purchased as a bundle with our online Texas Food Handlers course, the total for both is $14.99. Either way, there are no taxes and no hidden fees.
TABC certificates are valid for 2 years, as set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Once a certificate has expired there is no way to extend the certification. To continue being TABC certified you must enroll in and complete our course. At the end of the course you'll receive another certificate that's valid for two years.
Yes, TABC Pronto is an official internet-based school and our TABC certification course has been approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). You can rest easy knowing our course information is up to date and approved. Our TABC program number is INSERT HERE.
Any server, bartender, or seller of alcohol, in the state of Texas. TABC Pronto offers a state-approved TABC certification course for sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages. We hope to help people in the service industry spot minors and intoxicated patrons more easily. Our certification course will let current and potential employers know that you are update on state mandated practices.
We have structured our online certification course with 4 chapters, a short quiz after each chapter, and then a 25-question final exam.
  • Chapter 1 (25 min): Administrative Information
  • Chapter 2 (30 min): How to spot intoxicated people and why not to serve them
  • Chapter 3 (60 min): How to preventing alcohol sales to minors
  • Chapter 4 (5 min): Permit types, including private clubs
  • Final Exam (25 multiple choice questions)
Our online TABC certification course is the very fastest allowed by law, which is a minimum of two hours. Our course adheres to all TABC requirements including minimum length, though you can take your time and go at your own pace. There is no course timer and you may review the material as quickly or as slowly as you'd like.

Texas Food Handlers

Once you complete our online food handlers certification course, your Texas Food Handlers certificate will be available to you immediately as a PDF you can send or print. If you happen to lose your official certificate don't worry. All you need to do is log back into your TABC Pronto account and view your certificate. It should be noted that the Texas Department of State Health Services does not mail you a certificate at any point. The certificate provided by TABC Pronto at the end of the course is only certificate you'll receive. If you are unable to open the certificate please download Adobe Reader to your device. It's a free program and will allow you to view your new official certificate.
DSHS is simplified distinction for the Department of State Health Services. The Texas DSHS is the state agency that is responsible for regulating the food service industry. Their goal is to “improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.” This is also the agency that accredits and licenses training programs to obtain a Texas Food Handlers Card.
You will need to find a course that is accredited and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While there are in person class room settings for these courses, we at TABC Pronto know life can be busy and setting aside time to attend a class can be hard. This is why we offer an online Texas Food Handlers certification course. Our course is the fastest allowed by law, doesn't include quizzes, and has no test or final exam. It is the law in Texas to be food handler certified if you are a server or are in a food handling position.
Typically, your current or future service industry employer requires it. But most importantly, it’s good training to keep both you and a potential customer safe. While an online food safety course may seem like a waste of time, you’ll learn critical information and procedures that protect you, your employer, and your customers.
A “Texas Food Handlers Card” refers to the certification one receives after taking an Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) accredited food safety course. While a third party, such as TABC Pronto, administers the course, course curriculum is set by the DSHS. Once you complete our online course, you'll receive your official certificate proving you completed an accredited and licensed program. You should always ensure the online food handlers course you sign up for is either accredited by DSHS or ANSI.
TABC is not accredited by ANSI, but is accredited and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Our accreditation from DSHS allows servers and food handlers to work in all jurisdictions in Texas.
The primary topics and subjects of our food handlers course include ways food becomes unsafe for consumption, personal hygiene for handlers, time and temperature requirements, how to prevent cross contamination, and proper cleaning and sanitization techniques.
Yes. Your account with us is saved. Feel free to log in and complete the course on your time. Our food handlers course is designed for people who lead busy lives. This is why we constructed our online Texas Food Handlers course to have the best possible user experience.
Not at all.  At TABC Pronto we understand the business of your schedule. Feel free to log in to our online Texas Food Handler course and review the information at your own pace. If you log out at any point you can pick right where you left off when you log back in.
Our online Texas Food Handler’s course is faster than fast! We do not have page timers, we don't force you to watch outdated videos, and the best part is there are no quizzes or final exams. You can review the pages at your own pace and as soon as you're done you get your official Texas Food Handler Certificate.
Yes, our Texas food handler course has been accredited and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to operate online. Our license number appointed by DSHS is #203.