Food Handler Certification Course

The nine hour course is taught in three sessions based on the principles of sanitary food service and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point procedures.

Participants are required to achieve a mark of 70% or above to pass the exam and become certified.


  • Public health legislation and the local health department
  • Understanding foodborne illness (food poisoning)
  • Safe food handling
  • The importance of personal hygiene
  • Food premises sanitation

The course is taught in English with a classroom format.

Five Year Certification

Upon passing the exam, a Safe Food Handling Certificate is issued, which is valid for five years.

After five years, you can re-certify by taking the exam again. You do not need to re-take this course.

This certificate meets the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care food safety training requirements and is recognized by health units throughout Ontario.

There is a $10 charge for replacement certificates.

Course Registration and Cost

Cost: $50 per person (includes manual, exam and certificate)

Payment is required prior to the course date.

Cash, debit, credit card or cheque are accepted. (Make cheque payable to "Niagara Region Public Health")

To register, call or email Janet Cassar at 905-688-8248 ext. 7121 or 1-888-505-6074.

Upcoming Course Dates

Attendance for all three sessions is crucial.

We do not post address locations, as you cannot show up without registering in advance. When you register, we provide the address.

Fort ErieApril 7, 14, 21, 20159 a.m. - noon
ThoroldApril 16, 23, 30, 20159 a.m. - noon
ThoroldMay 12, 19, 26, 20156 - 9:00 p.m.
WellandJune 10, 17, 24, 20159 a.m. - noon
ThoroldJuly 15, 22, 29 20159 a.m. - noon
ThoroldAugust 13, 20, 27, 20159 a.m. - noon
WellandSeptember 2, 9, 16, 20159 a.m. - noon
ThoroldSeptember 9, 16, 23, 20156 - 9:00 p.m.
ThoroldSeptember 30, October 7, 14, 20159 a.m. - noon

Cancellation / Rescheduling Policy

Full refunds are only given when notice is given 48 hours prior to the first session.

Other Food Certification Courses

Equivalency courses are also available. After completion, you are required to take an exam proctored by a health inspector.

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