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Food Handler Certification Program

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:35 AM


Course Description | Course Outline

In-class Option
Course Dates for 2014 Classes  | Register

Home Study

Online Food Safety Course

Other Accepted Courses

Course Description

The Food Handler Certification Program is designed to teach food handlers the general principles of safe food handling. This course will provide the food handler with the basic knowledge to identify risk factors associated with food borne illness and the skills necessary to handle food in a manner that will prevent illness from occurring.

The course is based on the principles of sanitary food service and hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) procedures. 

Course Dates for 2014 Classes

*We offer one day classes! (dates below)

Monday April 7 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday May 12
Grand Bend*
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday May 23 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday June 9 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday July 11 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday August 11 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday September 19 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Food Handlers TEST Dates (below)

Monday April 7 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 16 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday May 12 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday May 22 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday June 9 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 18 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday July 14 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 16 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday August 11 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 20 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday September 15 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 17 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

* Grand Bend Location: The Food Handler Certification course on May 12, 2014 will be held at 5 Main Street, Grand Bend (Gables). This course will only be offered once at this location. 

Course Location:  Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward. Cost of the course is $40.00. Certification is valid for five (5) years from date of issue.

To Register for Classes: You can register for classes either online or in person at Lambton Public Health.

The cost of the course is $40.00. Certification is valid for five (5) years from date of issue.

To register online, the ticket information is below or please visit: (a fee of $3.28 will be added to the course cost total)


Participants who achieve a minimum of 70% on the food handler's exam will receive a Community Health Services Food Handler Certificate. This certificate meets mandatory food safety training requirements and is recognized by health units in Ontario.

Certification is valid for five (5) years from date of issue.

Course Outline

Role of the Community Health Services Department Food protection and preparation
Role of the Public Health Inspector Serving an dispensing
Public health legislation Cleaning and sanitizing
Food microbiology Pest control
Food borne illness Food allergies
Handwashing and personal hygiene Structural and general items
Receiving and storing Introduction to HACCP

The following class dates are available in class, home study and by an online food handling course :

Homestudy Option *

 Can't make it for the in-class course then choose the Home Study Option!
Study on your own time, at your own pace. Do workbook exercises to test yourself. Ask questions during exam review. Choose when you want to write the exam.

Register Today!

* Payment Must be Received at Time of Registration

Home Study Exam Schedule

Please call 519 383-8331 ext. 3575 to have your name added to the appropriate list.

Online Food Safety Course

Earn Online a Safe Food Handling Certificate.

For full details and information about the online course, which is available on the In Good Hands web site click here.


Other Safe Food Handling Courses Accepted by Community Health Services Department

Community Health Services Department recognizes valid food safety training certificates awarded by other Ontario public health units and recognized certification agencies. The following is a list of accepted agencies. Please refer to this page often as we will update this list frequently.

Traincan Inc.

National Food Safety Training Program

London Training Centre
Community Health Services has teamed up with the London Training Centre to offer the safe food handling course in Lambton County. They offer weekend classes and group rates. Please visit their website to find out more information.

Retail Council of Canada (RCC)
Available to those currently working with retail grocery stores and are Partners with RCC.

Contact the Community Health Services, 519 383-8331 or 1-800-667-1839 Ext. 3575.

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