Texas FoodGuard is an online certification program that offers comprehensive and efficient food safety training to Texas restaurant managers. Developed specifically by the Texas Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association for the State of Texas, the program is available in English and Spanish, and unlike the ServSafe exam, does not require a proctor. Additionally, managers who are up-to-date with the current FDA Food code, and food safety and sanitation information have the option of opting out of the online course, and taking the exam only for recertification. Managers can set their own pace throughout this course through this highly interactive program, incorporating visual cues to help learners readily identify correct and incorrect practices. Additionally, real-world scenarios help managers apply classroom lessons to the work environment, and common workforce language makes food safety information easy to retain. Online tracking capability on the ServSafe website allows operators to assign the course to several managers at once, monitor their progress, and keep record of certification John Maas, executive chef of Cafe 43, a full-service restaurant on the grounds of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, stands by the flexibility and convenience of Texas FoodGuard, "I can control the tempo of my business without disrupting the flow of our operation. All we do is carve out time when it is convenient for us [to take the online course], and my staff does not have to take days off to get certified. It's pretty straightforward." Texas FoodGuard is one of the many fast, affordable, and online certifications offered by the Texas Restaurant Association. In most jurisdictions, certification is valid in Texas for 5 years However, some local health authorities may require more frequent certification so be sure to check with your local health officials.. Texas Restaurant Association members and their employees receive a 15% discount off the Texas FoodGuard program. To get your discount code, please visit www.restaurantville.com/membersonly or email firstname.lastname@example.org.