The Food Handler Certification Program teaches food handlers about food safety. During the course, food handlers learn about food safety laws and ways to handle food safely, including how to properly store, prepare, cook and serve food to prevent food poisoning.
Ways to Become a Certified Food Handler
To become a certified food handler, you can:
- Take CK Public Health’s food safety course
- Take an online food safety course
- Take a food safety course with another approved course provider
- Study on your own at home
After taking the course, food handlers write an exam. You must get a mark of 70% or higher to receive a certificate. The safe food handler certificate is valid for 5 years.
CK Public Health Food Safety Course
CK Public Health offers free food safety courses throughout the year. The course is open to anyone who wants to become a certified food handler. This is a one-day, in-class course taught by a public health inspector. Find upcoming course dates and sign up here.
- In Good Hands offers an online food safety course. It costs $34.95 + tax. You can sign up here.
- Note: if you have a webcam, you can also complete the exam online once you finish the course. If you do not have a webcam, you can write the exam in-person during CK Public Health’s exam drop in hours.
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit offers a free online food safety course. You can sign up here.
- Note: for this course, you must complete the exam in-person during CK Public Health’s exam drop-in hours.
Other Approved Courses
You can find a list of all food safety course providers approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care here. The cost of these courses vary.
You can study the course material at home and write the exam during drop-in hours at the CK Public Health office. Download the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Food Handler Training Manual here. Find food handler course exam drop-in hours here.
For questions about the food handler course, contact CK Public Health. A public health inspector will follow up with you.