As of July 1st, 2018, all food service premises“food service premise” means any food premise where meals or meal portions are prepared for immediate consumption or sold or served in a form that will permit immediate consumption on the premises or elsewhere. require at least one trained food handler or trained supervisor on site while operating. Below are some ways to get your food handler training certificate.

In Good Hands On-line Course

Image of the In Good Hands Food Handlers Certification online course.An Ontario based online course is accessible at In Good Hands.

It is followed by an in-person final written test, which is done and marked at the Perth District 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. Group savings for the online course are also available. Contact the In Good Hands Registrar directly at 1-866-287-8828 (toll-free) for more information on group savings.

Call us when you are ready to book a time for the final test at 519-271-7600 extension 290.

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 a Food Handler Training Certification that is valid for five years.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Role of the Board of Health
  • Public Health laws
  • Food safety management principles including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point  (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 six hour course is followed by a test with a passing mark of 70%.

Sorry, there are no Health Unit food courses available at the moment.


If you have earned a Food Handler Certificate in the past ten 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 290 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 to discuss your situation.

The Food Safety Course Manual will help you review for the test.

Other Food Safety Classes

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care also list acceptable food safety training courses available in Ontario.