Food Safety Courses

Nobody in the food service industry wants to make people sick. The reality is, every day in Canada someone is sickened due to poor food handling, preparation and storage practices. In many cases, it can be due to a lack of knowledge. One small mistake can lead to serious illness in customers and can be costly for the food vendor. It is strongly recommended that all persons planning to prepare and sell/give away food to the public take a safe food handling course.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit offers two food safety courses. These courses are designed for everyone who prepares or serves food to the public, but home cooks and bakers who want to learn more about safe food handling can also benefit from taking a course. The goal of these courses is to help people understand what causes food poisoning and what steps to take to ensure safe food handling. One course is offered on-site at the TBDHU or in the District while the other, In Good Hands, is offered online.

Special arrangements can be made to offer the course at alternate locations depending on need and number of participants. Please call (807) 625-5930 (Thunder Bay) or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 5930 (District) to discuss options. 

 

On-Site Course

Level 1 Food Safety Course

The Level 1 Food Safety Course, offered during one seven-hour session, provides all the basics of safe food handling, preparation and storage including:

  • How bacteria grow
  • How bacteria make us sick
  • Food poisoning
  • Causes of food contamination
  • Food allergies
  • Responding to food poisoning
  • Hygiene and health issues
  • Handwashing
  • Safe serving and dispensing of food
  • The role of the Public Health Inspector
  • Food premises regulations
  • Safe food handling
  • Proper food temperatures
  • Receiving and storing food safely
  • Dishwashing methods
  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Program

Participants who score 70% or higher on the final exam will receive a Safe Food Handler certificate from the TBDHU. Certification is valid for five years, after which time the individual can take a special recertification course, outlined below:

Course fee is $50 + HST ($56.50)

For more information on fees, visit our Food Safe Courses Fees page.

 

Schedule & Registration

Level 1 Certification courses will be offered on the below dates for Fall 2016. Registration and payment can be made by clicking on "Buy Tickets." There is a maximum of 25 participants per course.

 

Level 1 Food Safety Recertification Course

This three-hour course is designed for individuals who have completed either a Level 1 Food Safety Course or the In Good Hands online course within the past five years and whose certification is about to expire. The recertification or “recert” course will provide updates on new or changed information. Participants who score 70% or higher on the final exam will receive a new Safe Food Handler certificate from the TBDHU, which is valid for five years.

Course fee is $25.00 + HST ($28.25)

For more information on fees, visit our Food Safe Courses Fees page.

 

Schedule & Registration

Level 1 Recertification courses will be offered on the below dates for Fall 2016. Registration and payment can be made by clicking on "Buy Tickets." There is a maximum of 25 participants per course.

 

 

District Course Information

To find out when and where the next Food Safety Course in Thunder Bay is being held, visit our Clinics, Classes and Events. Registration and payment can be done on the event itself.

 

Online Course – In Good Hands

The TBDHU offers an online food safety course for people who cannot attend the TBDHU on-site course or who prefer to work online at their own pace. This course covers the same material as the on-site course; participants who score 70% or higher on the final exam will receive their Safe Food Handler certificate from the TBDHU.

Please note that all exams take place at the TBDHU locations.

For more information and to register, please visit the In Good Hands website.

 

For Further Information

Call the Environmental Health Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

 

Last Updated: 26/08/2016