CIEH Food Safety

Cooking and preparing food at home? Eating out? Serving others? It's essential that high standards of food preparation, handling, storage, serving and manufacturing are followed at all times to keep consumers safe from foodborne illnesses.

The CIEH Food Safety courses are designed with this in mind and compliment the guidelines issued by the Food Standards Agency. Learning content covers legal responsibilities, best practice, personal hygiene and recording. Each course level supports progression offering transferable skills for either working or learning in the food environment. 

Find out more about our Food Safety courses below and see our step-by-step guide for details of how to start delivering our training today. 

▼ Introductory Certificate in Food Safety (Level 1) 

The CIEH Introductory Certificate in Food Safety is a great way to introduce beginners to the safe preparation and cooking of food outside of a commercial environment, whether it's cooking at home, work experience or progression for those who have an interest in food handling. 

The course is designed as an induction to food safety and to raise awareness of key food safety issues. It provides a starting point for individuals not working in food, new employees with minimal or no prior food safety knowledge handling low-risk or wrapped food, front-of-house employees such as waiting or checkout staff, or back-of-house employees such as kitchen porters or warehouse staff. 

Upon completion of this course, you will know why food safety is important, the importance of hygiene, and how to avoid contamination.

Who is this course for?

  • Those new to food safety
  • Ideal for use in schools 
  • New employees working in low risk environments
  • Those with an interest in safe food preparation at home

Course overview

The course will help you develop knowledge of the importance of good food preparation; training and cooking practices such as keeping yourself and your work area clean and hygienic, and how food becomes contaminated and steps to reduce this. You will also learn about how foodborne, pest and physical contamination pose serious health risks and the controls required to reduce the risks.

Key facts

  • Introduces the concept of safe food
  • Improves your food preparation and handling knowledge
  • Starter point for your further study as a food handler

Training materials included

  • Learning outcomes, content, discussion and activity slides for:
    - Introduction to food safety (17 slides)
    - Food safety hazards (42 slides)
    - Good food safety practice (64 slides) 
  • 10 activity sheets
  • 'Food Safety Awareness – A CIEH introductory level guide to food safety' course book
  • Test papers of 10 multiple choice questions each
 
▼ Foundation Certificate in Food Safety (Level 2) 

The CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Safety is for anyone working in a food business. Everyone who works in the food industry, whether in catering, manufacturing or retail, is responsible for safeguarding the health of anyone who consumes food that has been prepared, processed, stored or sold by their food business. Food handlers have a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and to ensure that the food they serve or sell is safe to eat.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to prepare and cook food that is safe for consumption.

Who is this course for?

  • Food handlers preparing or cooking food for consumers
  • Anyone wishing to refresh previously learned skills and knowledge
  • Businesses wishing offer staff development for food employees
  • Self-employed food based small business owners

Course overview

This course builds on the Introductory Certificate in Food Safety training course and provides effective, efficient and comprehensive food safety training for all types of food business. This course covers the minimum industry standards for processes and procedures expected of any food handler.

The content reinforces the importance of food safety and provides learners with an understanding of how to identify and control food safety hazards in their own workplace.

Key facts

  • Offers the minimum standards for the food safety industry
  • Builds on the Introductory Certificate in Food Safety
  • Recognises good practice as a food handler
  • Gives confidence to consumers

Training materials included

  • Learning outcomes, content, discussion and activity slides for:
    - Introduction to food safety (29 slides)
    - Food safety hazards (48 slides)
    - Good food safety practice (93 slides)
    - Food safety management systems (9 slides)
  • 15 activity sheets
  • 'Food Safety Principles and Practice – A CIEH foundation level guide to food safety' course book
  • Test papers of 20 multiple choice questions each
 
▼ Intermediate Certificate in Food Safety (Level 3)

The CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Food Safety course is designed for managers and supervisors who need a broad understanding of food safety control and who have responsibility for developing and maintaining a food safety management system. It is recommended that all food environments should have at least one person trained at this level, especially if they are responsible for others.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to lead on food safety initiatives designed to mitigate any food related hazards that pose a risk to consumers, as well as identify potential problems and recommend solutions.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone involved in supervising and managing others in a food environment where food is prepared, cooked and served; processed or manufactured; sold in a retail outlet
  • Those wishing to progress from the Foundation Certificate in Food Safety

Course overview

The course will cover an in-depth understanding of the application and monitoring of good food safety practice, as well as ensuring that supervisors understand how to implement food safety management procedures.

Key facts

  • Leads on from the Introductory and Foundation Certificate in Food Safety
  • Develops your understanding as a supervisor in a food environment
  • Supports acquisition of a deeper understanding and practical application of safe food controls

Training materials included

  • Learning outcomes, content, discussion and activity slides for:
    - Introduction to food safety (36 slides)
    - Food safety hazards (76 slides)
    - Good food safety practice (200 slides)
    - Food safety management systems (65 slides)
    - Food safety training (15 slides)
  • 24 activity sheets
  • 'Food Safety Supervision – A CIEH intermediate level guide to food safety' course book
  • Test papers of 40 multiple choice questions each
 
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