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Food Safety Education and Certification Program

 

Halton Region offers a Food Safety Education and Certification Program for food handlers.
Learn about the program and how to become a certified food handler.

About the program

The Food Safety Education and Certification Program is open to anyone interested in becoming a certified food handler or learning more about safe food handling practices. The program covers the following topics:

  • Foodborne illness
  • Proper hygienic practices
  • Food safety and allergies
  • Nutrition
  • Public health legislation (external link)
  • Safe food handling using Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Food premises sanitation
  • Pest control

Becoming a certified food handler

The benefits of becoming a certified food handler include:

  • Reducing food-borne illness (e.g., food poisoning)
  • Increasing your knowledge and understanding of safe food handling practices
  • Increasing the quality of your business.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive:

  • Food Handler Certificate (valid for five years)
  • Wallet-sized Food Handler Certificate

Course details

Registration

You must register online and submit payment upon registration to take the Food Safety Education and Certification Program.

Full-day course

The full-day course involves the following:

  • Food Handler Certification Study Guide
  • Reference materials
  • Video activities
  • Discussion
  • Exam

Details

  • Cost:
    $54/person (including HST)
  • Location:
    Halton Regional Administration Building
    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (external link)
  • Time:
    • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Sign in at 8:45 a.m.
  • Dates:
    • January 9, 30
    • February 6, 13
    • March 6, 27
    • April 10, 24
    • May 15, 29
    • June 12, 26
    • July 17, 31
    • August 14, 28
    • September 18, 25
    • October 16, 30
    • November 13, 27
    • December 4, 18

Online study

To study the program online, download a free copy of the Food Handler Certification Study Guide.

Pay $10 (including HST) to register for and write the exam. See exam dates and times below.

Home-study program

To take the home-study program, purchase a copy of the Food Handler Certification Study Guide ($27, including HST) and register for the exam:

Pay $10 (including HST) to register for and write the exam. See exam dates and times below.

On-site training

Contact the Health Department for information about on-site training opportunities.

Exam information

The following exam information is for online study or home-study program only. Exams for full-day courses are included on that day.

You must register online and submit payment upon registration to take the Food Safety Education and Certification Program.

  • Times:
    • 9 a.m.
    • 11 a.m.
    • 1 p.m.
    • 3 p.m.
  • Dates:
    • January 8
    • February 5
    • March 5
    • April 9
    • May 7
    • June 4
    • July 9
    • August 13
    • September 10
    • October 1
    • November 5
    • December 3
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