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NWHU Safe Food Handler Course

Food safety training is encouraged for anyone working with food. As of July 1, 2018, food premises that are serving food to the public are required to have at least one person certified on the premise at all times.

Who should take the food safety course?
  • Restaurants
  • Catering services
  • Community and volunteer programs
  • Schools
  • Daycares and nurseries
  • Cafeterias
  • Concessions
  • Institutional kitchens such as hospitals and long term care homes
  • Special occasion vendors
Topics include:
  • Foodborne illness
  • Food safety legislation
  • Receiving and storage
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Pest control

Certification search and reprint:

  • Certificates will be issued to those who pass the test (with a minimum of 70%).
  • Certificates are valid for 5 years from issue and are accepted across Ontario.
  • The NWHU can re-issue lost certificates for a $10.00 fee.
  • Cost of search may be put towards the payment of a course/exam if search was unsuccessful or certification was expired. 
The Northwestern Health Unit offers two options for safe food handlers training:   
1. In-class option
  • Cost: $75 dollars
  • Includes food safety course materials and a light snack and exam
  • Full-day course
  • Accommodates different learning styles 
To register for the in-class option please fill out the Safe Food Handler Exam Registration Form and submit to your local health unit office
Unless otherwise specified, classes begin at 9am

*In-Class (Discounted Rate)  $50.00

  • Registered charity
  • Students
  • Express financial need
Click here to find out when and where these courses
are being held.

2. Independent book study
  • Cost: $50 dollars
  • Includes course materials and exam.
  • To register for the independent book study please fill out the Safe Food Handler Exam Registration Form and submit to your local health unit office
Call your local health unit office for additional registration information. If you have a special testing consideration or a disability, please inform the course administrator when you register.

Recognized commercial food handler training courses and online course options can be found by visiting the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website