Food hygiene training and the law

UK food hygiene regulations require caterers to have food hygiene training or be closely supervised and instructed by someone who does. The training you need depends on both the type of food you handle and whether you supervise others. By law, you also need HACCP training if you are responsible for developing or maintaining a FSMS (Food Safety Management System).

The Catering Industry Guide (which EHOs follow when interpreting legal requirements) states suitable food hygiene training courses for different job roles.

About our food hygiene training courses

  • CIEH on-line courses – Level 1 (suitable for induction) and Level 2 food hygiene courses are available on-line. These can reduce costs and standardise delivery.
  • Level 1 food hygiene certificate – also known as Level 1 Award in Food Safety. This is a half-day food hygiene traning course suitable for those starting work in the food industry
  • Level 2 food hygiene certificate – also known as the Level 2 Award in Food Safety. This is a single day food hygiene training course suitable for those preparing open high risk food.
  • Level 3 food hygiene certificate – also known as the Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety. This is a three day course suitable for those who supervise others.
  • Level 4 food hygiene certificate – also known as the Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety. This is a five day course suitable for those who supervise others. It is also one of the qualifying criteria for those who wish to train others at Level 2 foundation level.
  • HACCP training certificate – Level 2 Award in HACCP. This is a one day course suitable for those involved in maintaining HACCP systems. It also acts as excellent refresher training for those whose food hygiene certificate is more than three years old.
  • Food hygiene update training – devised by Safer Food Scores to keep managers up-to-date with the latest food safety developments that will affect their business.
  • Auditor training certificate – Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills. This is a one day course intended for those involved in practical auditing or inspection of food premises, including internal or 3rd party auditors, enforcement officers and those verifying catering HACCP systems.
  • Food allergy training – Level 2 Award in Food Allergy Awareness is designed to raise awareness of food allergies and how they should be effectively managed in a food business.
  • Food labelling training – devised by Safer Food Scores this course covers all a busy manager needs to know EU and UK food labelling law

Food hygiene training and food hygiene ratings

Food hygiene rating schemes will consider whether you and your team have sufficient and up-to-date food hygiene training. EHOs will also consider how well your team members understand and follow your food safety management system. If you are able to prove that all your team members are properly trained it will go a long way to helping you obtain a 5 out of 5 rating.

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