Technical qualifications

The Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) awards certificates to those who have successfully completed the technical qualifications and maintains the qualification registers.

Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection

The Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection (HCFPI) was developed to allow non-EHOs employed by Food Enforcement Authorities to meet the requirements of the Food Standard Agency's Code of Practice. A person inspecting food premises for, or on behalf, of a Food Enforcement Authority should be either qualified as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO), an Official Veterinary Surgeon (OVS) or hold the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection.

The HCFPI’s assessments are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge in this specific area of work. It does not cover food quality in terms of fitness or nutritional value but requires candidates to have a deep and thorough knowledge of food microbiology, food science and technology, food law and criminal law, building construction and building services in relation to food businesses and risk assessments.

To obtain the HCFPI candidates are required to:

The HCFPI logbook is supplied when a candidate applies for partial registration with EHRB. Candidates can complete the logbook and interview in any order, although the logbook cannot be submitted for assessment, or the interview undertaken, until the accredited course has been passed and we are informed of the result.

Upon successful completion of all elements candidates are awarded the HCFPI of EHRB and their names appear in the HCFPI register.

Higher Certificate in Food Control

The Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC) is the baseline qualification for food hygiene and food standards.

The HCFC differs from the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection (HCFPI) because it allows non-EHOs to meet the requirements of the Code of Practice relating to the inspection, detention and seizure of foodstuffs and food standards official controls in addition to the requirements for the inspection of food premises.

To obtain the HCFC candidates are required to:

  • Obtain the HCFPI of EHRB 
  • Complete an accredited Food Standard module and the associated assessments 
  • Complete an accredited Food Inspection module and the associated assessments

Upon successful completion of all elements candidates are awarded the HCFC of EHRB and their names appear in the HCFC register.

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