CIEH Level 2 Award in Practical Food Safety for Catering

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 31 January 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


This qualification provides learners with the basic knowledge and skills required to operate safely within food handling environments – specifically those employed or wishing to be employed in the catering and hospitality sector.

Who needs this qualification?

Anyone new to catering and hospitality who is preparing open, high-risk food.

Why is this training important?

Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and ensuring the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat.

Learning outcomes

  Learn the importance of food safety and gain knowledge of the systems, techniques and procedures involved
  Understand how to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food storage, cooking and handling)
  Gain the confidence and expertise to safely deliver quality food to customers
  Demonstrate practical food safety competence with regards to preparing for work, hand washing, cleaning the work area, checking and recording food temperatures, and safe preparation and serving practices.

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  Qualification Specification 


Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Multiple-choice exam plus a practical assessment
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   Level 1 in literacy, or equivalent recommended
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering 

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