Food Safety Training & Certification

Handling food safely is important to help reduce the risk of becoming sick after eating and drinking. Anyone who prepares food can benefit from food safety training, but we especially recommend it for those who work in the food services.  In order to successfully obtain the food handler certificate, you must score at least 70% on the certification exam. Once issued, food handler certificates are valid across Ontario for five years.

If your food safety certification has expired and you would like to re-certify, register to write the food handler exam only. To register, call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753. Photo identification must be presented prior to writing the exam.

We can help you obtain the food handler certificate in the following ways:

1. In-person Course + Exam

The Safe Food Handler Course is a full day in-class course facilitated by a public health inspector. The food handler exam is administered on the same day, after the course.

Course topics include: food-borne illness, microorganisms, time and temperature, receiving and storage, microbiological contamination, personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, pest control and food safety management.

If you are interested in attending one of the scheduled courses, register online or call 1-800-265-7293.

  • The cost of the course is $50 (including HST, course materials and the certification exam)
  • Photo identification must be presented prior to writing the exam
  • You should make your own plans for lunch – a 30-minute lunch break is provided
  • Please be aware of our 24-hour cancellation policy: you must let us know at least 24 hours before the course begins to receive a full refund
  • Courses start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Food Safety Training Course Dates

Date Location
March 22, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way
April 12, 2017 Orangeville Public Health Office - 180 Broadway
May 17, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way
June 7, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way
June 14, 2017 Fergus Public Health office, 474 Wellington County Road 18
July 12, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way
August 9, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way
August 16, 2017 Orangeville Public Health Office - 180 Broadway
September 13, 2017 Guelph Public Health Office - 160 Chancellors Way

2. Online Course + In-person exam

You may choose to register for an online course. When you’ve completed it, you write the food handler exam at our Guelph, Fergus or Orangeville office.

The following online courses all offer quality training in preparation to write the food handler exam:

Here is the complete list of Food Safety Certification programs approved as equivalent courses by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

To register to write the food handler exam only, please call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.

  • Exam dates are pre-scheduled for our Guelph office, see table below for dates and times.
  • Exams written in our Fergus or Orangeville office will be scheduled as requested.
  • The cost of the exam only is $15 (including HST)
  • Photo identification must be presented prior to writing the exam
Food Handler Training exam schedule at Guelph - Chancellors Way
Date Time
March 23, 2017

3 - 4:30 pm

April 4, 2017

9 - 10:30 am

April 20, 2017 3 - 4:30 pm
May 2, 2017 9 - 10:30 am
May 25, 2017 3 - 4:30 pm
June 6, 2017 9 - 10:30 am
June 22, 2017 3 - 4:30 pm
July 4, 2017 9 - 10:30 am
July 20, 2017 3 - 4:30 pm
August 1, 2017 9 - 10:30 am
August 24, 2017 3 - 4:30 pm
September 5, 2017 9 - 10:30 am