Food handler training and certification program

Become a certified food handler at the Sudbury & District Health Unit!

Do you work in the food service industry? Do you want to learn the safe way to prepare food or get your staff certified as a food handler?

If you work in a restaurant, a daycare, a long-term care facility, or if you just want to learn more about food safety, this one-day course is designed to meet your needs.

What topics are covered?

This one-day course meets the requirements for food safety training as set out by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Topics covered include:

As an owner or operator why should my staff be certified food handlers?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recommends that all food premises designated as having a high or moderate risk rating, have at least 1 certified food handler present at the establishment during all hours of operation.

The course begins with a brief introduction to food safety and speaks to the legislation that covers food safety in Canada and in Ontario. Topics are relevant to your food premises and all staff working within.

What are the payment options?

Payment methods accepted include:

Certification information

Individuals will be certified upon successful completion of the course and exam. A successful pass rate is 70% or 35 questions correct out of 50 overall questions.

The Certificate in Food Handler Training expires 5 years after the date of completion of the course and exam.

The Certificate in Food Handler Training is accepted and recognized by all health units across Ontario and meets the requirements listed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Are there external providers from whom I can obtain food handler training and certification?

Yes, in addition to the food handler training program offered by the Sudbury & District Health Unit, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recognizes other organizations that also offer food handler training and certification.

The programs listed below have applied and successfully been recognized as meeting the minimum requirements for food handler training and certification. The Health Unit will accept certifications issued by any other health unit in Ontario and from any of these providers listed below after the date they were deemed equivalent.

Training providerDate of equivalencyContact information
Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences
Food Handling Certificate
October 29, 2013200 Consumers Road, Suite 200
North York, ON M2J 4R4
Aims Health & Safety Training
Essential Food Safety Training
February 23, 201511 Hyslop Avenue,
Hannon, ON L0R 1P0
Canadian Food Safety Consulting Group Ltd.
SafeCheck™ Advanced Food Safety
July 17, 20155251 48 Ave, SE, Unit 70
Calgary, AB T2B 3S2
Canadian Food Safety Training Inc.
Canadian Food Safety Training
December 24, 20142558 Danforth Avenue, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M4C 1L3
Food Consulting and Labeling Solutions
Food Safety Handler Certification Program
June 23, 2015682 David Street
Welland, ON L3B 2B9
Food Handler Certification Course
December 11, 201359 Hillcrest Avenue
Chatham, ON N7M 4E7
Freeborn & Associates
(on behalf of Restaurants Canada)
National Food Safety Training Program
May 16, 2014PO Box 96
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch
Food Safety Training
April 11, 2014211-58 Dalhousie Street, P.O. Box 42
Brantford, ON N3T 5M3
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Food Safety Training
June 10, 2015300 Water Street, South Tower
Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5
Probe It Food Safety
Food Handler Certification
October 6, 2015Greater Toronto Area
Retail Council of Canada
September 5, 20141881 Yonge Street, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M4S 3C4
Food Safety Training - Basic and advanced level
December 18, 201385 Scarsdale Road, Unit 101
Toronto ON, M3B 2R2

Some of the providers listed above as well as the online “In Good Hands” course only provide the food handler training, not certification. An online version of the food handler training program is available through the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, through a course called “In Good Hands”. For more information about this course, the cost, or to register, visit In Good Hands.

How do I register?

To register choose a date below and fill in the registration form or call the Health Unit at 705.522.9200, ext. 398 or toll-free at 1.866.522.9200.

Please register in advance to receive course materials.

Health Unit course dates

The Health Unit offers weekday, weekend, and evening courses. Some courses are also offered in French.

Go to our Upcoming Events section and search “Food Handler” to see dates and times.

Re-certification and proctoring

Previously certified individuals and individuals who have taken an online course approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care may be eligible to challenge the food handler training exam. Proof of certification or enrollment in an approved course is required prior to registering.

There is a cost to this service. If approved to challenge the food handler training exam, you can attend any of the regularly scheduled courses provided at the Canadian Hearing Society, at the Health Unit’s 1300 Paris Street, Sudbury office or at one of our district offices in Espanola, Chapleau or on Manitoulin Island.

Please contact the Health Unit to become pre-approved to challenge the exam and to obtain further details. You must register first.

This item was last modified on August 30, 2017