Food Safety Certification Courses
Why take a Food Safety Course?
Recently in the Grey Bruce area, we have seen several serious food contaminations leading to illnesses. With proper food handling, these could have been avoided. Food safety knowledge will help you protect the health of your customers and the reputation of your food premise.
Who should attend a Food Safety Course?
Everyone should take the Food Safety Course, both staff and owners of food premises. It is likely that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will soon require that at least one certified food handler be at a food premise at all times.
Food Safety Certification Courses (offered locally)
The Grey Bruce Health Unit offers food safety certification courses at various locations throughout the area. A schedule listing when and where food safety courses are available is posted on this website and will be updated to reflect any changes or new courses. The schedule can be found under the Food Safety Course Schedule section of the website. For more information please contact the Health Unit at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456.
The food safety certification course is 12 hours long in total and meets the requirements of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for Safe Food Handling Certification. Topics covered include safe food handling, hazardous foods, basic microbiology and food poisoning, introduction to HACCP, personal hygiene, sanitation and cleaning, pest control, food allergies and basic nutrition.
The fee for the course is $68.00 per person, which includes HST. You will receive the 12 hours of training, a training workbook, a metal stem probe thermometer, chlorine test strips. At the end of the course there will be a closed book exam of 50 multiple choice questions, the pass mark is 70%. Successful individuals will receive a certification that is valid for a period of five years and a wallet card. Certification and wallet card will be mailed within 3 weeks of course completion.
A re-certification course is available after successfully completing the GBHU food handler certification course within the past 5 years. Eligible individuals can contact the Health Unit at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 to obtain a copy of the Food Handler Certification manual upon receipt of $30.00 (includes HST). This includes the exam fee. An appointment needs to be made by contacting the Heath Unit at the above number to set up the exam date and time. The exam should be no more than 30 days after receipt of the Food Handler Certification manual. The exam is closed book of 50 multiple choice with a pass mark of 70%. Successful individuals will receive a certification that is valid for a period of five years and a wallet card.
Grey Bruce Health Unit courses are nonrefundable; substitutions may be accepted.
Accredited Food Handler Certification Program
For information on accredited food safety courses that are accepted as equivalent to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), please visit the MOHLTC website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/enviro/
The Grey Bruce Health Unit will only accept certificates issued by an accredited external provider AFTER the date they were deemed equivalent.
In Good Hands by Thunder Bay District Health Unit
On March 12, 2019, Thunder Bay District Health Unit revised their online food safety course, In Good Hands. Please ensure you have the required equipment for completing the exam online. For more information, please call Thunder Bay Health Unit at 1-866-287-8828.
If you registered for the course before March 12, 2019 (old module) and have completed the course, the Grey Bruce Health will proctor your exam for a fee of $12 on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Please call 519-376-9420 Ext. 1233 to book an appointment.