Food Safety Courses

In Good Hands On-line Course

PrintAn Ontario based on-line course is accessible at

It is followed by an in-person final written test, which is done and marked at the health unit. When you have finished the online course and successfully completed the final written test (at a cost of $10), you will earn an Ontario food handler certificate recognized by Ontario health units. The certification is valid for five years.

The passing mark for the final test is 70%. The total cost for the course (plus final test) is $40.51.

Call us when you are ready to book a time for the final test at 519-271-7600 extension 318.

Perth District Health Unit’s In-Class Courses

Food safety courses are offered every spring and fall.

After attending the course and passing the test, you will get Food Handler Training Certification that is valid for 5 years.

In Perth County food handler certification is not a requirement of the Health Unit, however, we promote that managers have food handler training and that each food premises has at least one trained person present during food preparation.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Role of the Board of Health
  • Public Health laws
  • food safety management principles including HACCP
  • Safe handling, preparation and storage of food
  • food handler hygiene
  • food premises sanitation, design and maintenance
  • prevention of food allergies
  • response to emergency situations (fire, flood, blackout).

The 6 hour course is followed by a test with a passing mark of 70%.

There are currently no food safety courses available at this time.


If you have earned a Food Handler Certificate in the past 10 years, you may be eligible to write a recertification test without taking a food safety course. The cost is $10. Please call 519-271-7600 extension 318 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 to discuss your situation.

Here is a Food Safety Course Manual to help you review for the test.

Other Food Safety Classes

To view other acceptable food safety training courses in Ontario, go to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.