Under Food Hygiene Legislation, food businesses must ensure that food handlers are 'supervised and instructed, and/or trained in food hygiene in a way that is appropriate for the work they do'. Although certified courses do provide an easily recognised standard of training, there is no legal requirement to attend a formal course.

The council offers a range of nationally recognised courses accredited by HABC (Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance).

Certificates are only issued after successful completion of a multiple choice examination. All candidates must provide proof of ID (including a photograph), before they can take any accredited examination.

All courses are taught and examined in English.

The cost quoted is per person, and includes tuition, course book, examination fee and certificate.

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (£60).

Previously known as the 'basic' or 'foundation' certificate, this is the most popular course and provides the recommended minimum standard for most food handlers.

Full day course dates 2017/2018 

  • Tuesday 31 October 2017 (Course now full)
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017  

How to apply

You can now apply online for our Level 2 courses. Please check availability in the table above before booking.

Other training

We can arrange informal talks covering any aspect of food safety or provide input to training courses organised by other agencies. Charges are calculated on an individual basis.

Do you want to register a food business?

All food business are legally required to register their business with the council 28 days before starting to trade. Apply for a food business licence.

For further information contact the Food Safety Service, Public Safety, Regulation and Development, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: 0191 2116102
Email: psr@newcastle.gov.uk

Page last updated: 
19 October 2017
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