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.

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.

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 Online

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.

Need More Information?

Find your regional food safety and quality agent here.

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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.