Questions and Answers

What is a food and hygiene certificate?

This course, often referred to as the basic food hygiene certificate, is for anyone who works in a setting where food is cooked, prepared or handled. All food handlers can satisfy their legal requirement by taking this course

How do you get a food hygiene certificate?

If you (or your staff) work in the catering industry hygiene training is a legal requirement. You must be able to prove that you are adequately trained to do your job. If you handle open foods then you must complete a level 2 food hygiene course.
  1. STEP 1: CHECK REQUIREMENTS. Check state and local regulatory information and your organization’s policies to determine your training and certification needs.
  2. STEP 2: SELECT TRAINING AND EXAM OPTIONS. …
  3. STEP 3: FIND INSTRUCTOR/PROCTOR OR CLASS. …
  4. STEP 4: PURCHASE MATERIALS. …
  5. STEP 5: TAKE COURSE. …
  6. STEP 6: TAKE EXAM.

Do you need a food hygiene certificate to serve food to the public?

Food hygiene certificate. In the UK, food handlers don’t have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food, although many food businesses will prefer that they do. The necessary skills may be obtained through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience.

How long is a food safety certificate valid?

Certification Process. How long is my ServSafe Food Safety Certification good for? The National Restaurant Association recognizes the ServSafe certification as valid for five years. However, some state and local jurisdictions and company policies will only recognize the certification as valid for three years.

Can I make and sell food from home?

You cannot sell prepared foods from your home without having the appropriate permits. There are a host of health and safety issues (like, how clean IS your kitchen?) that are involved in starting a food-based business.

Will an EHO accept my Level 2, 3 and 4 food hygiene certificates?

Yes.

Our training course meets the required standards recognised by an EHO, but you will have to demonstrate proof of learning and that you are implementing this knowledge into your everyday role.

Environmental Health Officers MUST remain impartial. They cannot favour one training company or product over another.  This is worth knowing if an EHO queries your choice of provider.

Our course meets nationally recognised standards that an EHO must recognise because of the steps we have taken to satisfy HABC and CIEH, our accrediting bodies.

The role of an EHO is to ensure that you are preparing, cooking or serving food to the general public in a safe manner and it will not cause injury to a person.

 

Does the training have to be an accredited Level 2, 3 or 4 course?
Your training does not have to be accredited. We think it’s important to give you honest answers.

An Environmental Health Officer (EHO) is more interested in the following:

An EHO’s role is primarily to ensure that you are preparing, cooking or serving food to the general public in a safe manner and it will not harm anyone. Your training may be in-house, a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course or fully Accredited. The important point is that you receive training, understand it and put it into practice.