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The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. As part of the law, individuals who wish to sell these products are required to complete a food safety course designed specifically for the cottage foods industry.

A new cottage food law went into effect August 1, 2021. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has provided guidance on requirements for the new law. The current Alabama Extension training will still be acceptable until it is officially updated with the new guidelines. The certification received will be valid through its expiration date, although the information in the videos does not cover the current law. The ADPH will use FAQs (frequently asked questions) to share current criteria for you to follow.

The course and exam are now available online. Registrant will need to watch four videos as part of the course requirements. Resources are available to assist in preparation of the exam. Step by step instructions are provided below. Additionally, the Cottage Food Law Course will be offered an in person classes on a limited basis.  Find links to those in person classes below.

After watching the videos, you can register to take the online exam. A Regional Agent will contact you within 2 business days to schedule a date and time convenient for you to take the exam online. Please allow 7-10 business days to receive your certificate. A non-refundable registration fee is $25.

Want to start a Cottage Food Law Business?

Step 1: How do I take the course? Watch the four Cottage Law videos.

Introduction to Cottage Food Law

Step 2: Watched all four videos? Register for the exam. Fee is $25.

Register for Online Exam

Step 3: Your regional agent will contact you within 2 business days to schedule an exam date and time.

Step 4: The registrant will take the exam online. Electronic device will be required. Please tell your regional agent if you need another type of testing format.

Step 5: Certificate will be received via mail in 7-10 business days.

Register for In-Person Class


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