Food Handler Training Course
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Registration for the Food Handler Training classes is closed at the moment due to the COVID-19 office closure.
Page last updated: March 17, 2020.
By law, every owner or operator of a food service premises must ensure that at least one person who has completed Food Handler Training is always on site (s. 32, O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premises).
Public Health offers food handler training for the public and food industry workers, in a variety of formats.
In-Person Training Sessions
In-person courses are held at our offices in Bancroft, Belleville, Picton, and Trenton throughout the year. Registration is reserved on a first paid, first reserved basis. We do not offer refunds or rescheduling to absent registrants.
in-person training session costs $40. This includes a copy of the Food Handler Course Manual, a thermometer, and a wallet card certificate (upon successful completion of the course). Successful completion results in a certificate that is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, you are eligible for recertification instead of taking the complete course again (see Recertification below).
Dates and Registration
These courses are offered throughout the year. View our events calendar for upcoming dates and times.
Register online for the in-person training course with credit card payment by selecting your desired class from our events calendar or the list of upcoming classes at the bottom of this page. Be sure you can attend the class before registering, as there are NO REFUNDS for missed classes.
Those who have previously completed an eligible Ontario food handler training program may recertify at Public Health. Recertification is issued upon successful completion of the food handler training exam. You may wish to refer to the Food Handler Course Manual.
Recertification costs $20. Recertification is provided after successful completion of the exam. Please note that proof of previous successful completion of an Ontario food handler course is required.
Dates and Registration
Recertification exams are held at our Belleville Public Health office from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants wishing to recertify must register in advance by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 677.
Other Approved Course Providers
In addition to the services provided by Public Health, the Ministry of Health has approved a number of other food handler training course providers. After successful completion of a course you will receive the same provincially recognized food handler certificate.
If you are interested in a flexible online option, In Good Hands is a Ministry-approved online certification course developed by Public Health Inspectors from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The course can be completed at your own pace, with an online exam.
Other Languages and Special Accommodation
If you would like the course material or exam offered in an alternate language, or may require assistance completing the exam, please below, complete our online Request for Accessible Service and/or Alternative Format form, or call us at the number below, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Want More Information?
For more information about our Food Handler Training, please call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2308, ext. 677.