Safe Food Handling Courses

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Huron Perth Public Health offers safe food handling courses so that you can become a certified food handler. According to Ontario Food Premise Reg. 493, all food premises, such as restaurants, food trucks, cafeterias etc., are required to have a certified safe food handler on-site while food is being served.

Upcoming Huron County class schedule

Previously scheduled classes on hold due to COVID-19 response.

Upcoming Perth County class schedule

Previously scheduled classes on hold due to COVID-19 response.

Food handler certification

There are several courses and options available in Huron and Perth counties to get your safe food handling certification. Once you complete the course and pass a test, you will get a Food Handler Training Certification that will be valid for 5 years.

Contact us to register for an upcoming food handling course or recertification class.

During the course, you will learn how to:

  • prevent food-borne illness
  • apply general principles of safe food handling
  • recognize the potential hazards when you receive and handle food

Anyone who prepares and handles food will benefit from this course.

Course options

 Full certification in-class
  • One-day course taught by a public health inspector with one-hour exam same day
  • Cost $40
  • Quality resources, including workbook
  • Food Handling Certificate upon successful completion of exam, valid for five years, and recognized by all Ontario health units
  • Certificate and wallet card
  • Class size: minimum 15 people, maximum 25 people.

 

 Full certification | approved external providers
The Ministry of Health has a list of approved external providers who meet the requirements of certified safe food handler training. Cost varies.
 In-Good Hands Online Course and exam
  • Fifteen online modules plus exam available at www.ingoodhands.ca. Cost varies
  • If you are unable to take the exam online, you may write the exam at HPPH for $10
  • Food Handling Certificate upon successful completion of exam, valid for five years, and recognized by all Ontario health units
  • Certificate and wallet card
 Recertification in-class
  • Two-hour course taught by a public health inspector with one-hour exam same day.
  • Cost $15
  • Food Handling Certificate upon successful completion of exam, valid for five years, and recognized by all Ontario health units
  • Certificate and wallet card
  • Class size: minimum 15 people, maximum 25 people
 Study at home + exam at Health Unit
 Exam only
  • You may write the exam without taking courses
  • Cost is $10
  • If you do not pass, you will have to take the course
  • Please contact the Health Unit to book a time 

Registering for a class

Contact us to register for an upcoming food handling course or recertification class. You must register by contacting the Health Unit (unless otherwise indicated) at least two weeks prior to the start of each course. Classes must have a minimum of 15 students or the session will be cancelled 1 week before. Class size maximum is 25 students.

Cancellation policy

Please be aware of our cancellation policy should you be unable to attend your scheduled session.

  • Cancellation two weeks before the course starts – participants receive a full refund, minus the cost of book if you have already received it.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks before the course – no refund will be given.
  • Cancellation due to illness – no refund, however student will be allowed to reschedule once for another session held within the same calendar year.
  • Substitutions are allowed; the Health Unit must be provided in writing with the name(s) of students involved as soon as possible.