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NWHU Safe Food Handler Course

Ontario Food Premises Regulation 493 requires that all food premises have at least one food handler or supervisor on site during operational hours who has obtained a provincially approved Safe Food Handler certificate.

Certification O​ptions

On-Line ​​Course

In Good Hands is an on-line course offered through the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. This is a convenient option for people who want to work at their own pace. It can be completed through a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. To take the on-line exam, access to a webcam via laptop or desktop computer is required as is photo identification. For more information on this option, visit the In Good Hands website.

​NWHU Book Stud​y

This is a good option for people who need to brush up on their Food Safety skills and are comfortable reading the manual independently. We will provide you with a manual to take home and study. Exams can be scheduled at your local NWHU office.

Fill out the Registration Form and bring it along with your payment to your local NWHU office where you will receive the manual to take home. Please notify the NWHU if you have an accessibility request for the exam.

Fee: $50.00 (includes HST)

For more information on class fees, please refer to our Fee Schedule.

​Independ​ent Study

There is an online course that is offered free of charge through Windsor-Essex Public Health. Exam would be written at your local NWHU office for a fee. Or, read the Safe Hood Handler Manual online and write your exam at your local NWHU office for a fee.

Fee: $25.00 (includes HST)

​In-Class Training

NWHU provides training through a one-day classroom setting and provides the knowledge required to write the exam.

​Some topics covered are:

  • Foodborne illness
  • Food safety legislation
  • Food storage and temperatures
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Microorganisms
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing 

Participants who score 70% or higher on the exam will receive a Safe Food Handler Certificate. Certificates are valid for 5 years.

In-Class Schedule & Registratio​n

Note: All courses are cancelled until further notice 

Food Safety Training will be held in various communities throughout the year. A minimum of 7 participants is required to offer each course. Course fees are due in advance. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the NWHU. Registration deadline is one week prior to the course date.

Find the schedule of in-class training sessions here. Courses may be scheduled at alternate locations depending on need, number of participants and availability.

Cost: $75.00 (includes HST) or $50.00 for registered charities or expressed financial need

For more information on class fees, please refer to our Fee Schedule.

Fill out the Registration Form and submit it along with payment. Payment can be made at your local NWHU office.

Other Providers

There are private providers who are approved to offer the Safe Food Handler training in Ontario. The list of approved providers can be found here​.

Certification Search and Reprint

The NWHU can search for and re-issue lost certificates that were issued by us for a $10.00 fee. Submit a Search Request Form​ and provide payment prior to search/reissue. Payment can be made through your local N​WHU office.

For more information on fees, please refer to our Fee Schedule​.