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Food Handler Training Course

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. <Online registration> is required registration is reserved on a first paid, first reserved basis. We do not offer refunds or rescheduling to absent registrants.  


The in-person training session costs $40, which 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 which is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, you are eligible for re-certification instead of taking the complete course again (see Re-Certification below).  


These courses are offered throughout the year. View our <Food Handler Training brochure> or events calendar for upcoming dates and times.

Re-Certification Exams

Those who have previously completed an eligible Ontario food handler training program may re-certify at Public Health. Re-certification 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. Re-certification is provided after successful completion of the exam. Please note that proof of previous successful completion of an Ontario food handler course required.  


Re-certification exams are held at our Belleville Public Health office from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants must <register in advance>.  

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 an additional 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 contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500 ext. 677, 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 ext. 677.

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