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Food Hygiene / Food Safety

CIEH food hygiene training and certificates range from the basic food safety certificate (level 1) to advanced food safety and hygiene for supervisors and managers (levels 3 and 4). We currently deliver courses in:

  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety Awareness
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, Manufacturing or Retail
  • Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering
  • Level 4 Awards in Managing Food Safety

The CIEH Level 1 award in Food Safety is suitable for a variety of candidates, including those with minimal or no prior food safety knowledge, employees handling low-risk or wrapped food or those who work front of house, such as waiting or check out staff, as well as back of house such as kitchen porters or warehouse staff. However, in terms of value for money and requirements for the food industry, we would always recommend the level 2 rather than the level 1 course. Level 1 is a half-day course and covers Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cleaning and Contamination. The Examination paper consists of 15 multiple choice questions, to be completed under examination conditions. Click here for example questions

The Level 2 in Food Safety is ideal for all those requiring food hygiene training for industry.  It is a one-day course designed to cover the minimum requirement for anyone involved in, or connected with, the handling of food and beverages.

         Introduction to food safety – our responsibility and the benefits of good standards

         The Law

         Food Contamination - hazards and controls

         Bacteria

         Cross Contamination

         Food handlers and personal hygiene

         Cleaning

         Principles of safe food storage

         Food premises and equipment

         Pest Control

A thirty question, multiple choice question paper concludes the course. Pass mark 20/30

QCA accredited Click here for example questions

CIEH Level 3 Awards in Food Safety

·       CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering

·       CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision for Manufacturing

·       CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision for Retail

In line with the National Occupational Standards reflecting sector-specific needs, these qualifications provide a thorough understanding of food safety procedures emphasising the importance of monitoring staff and controls.

Who needs this qualification? Managers and supervisors in small, medium or large catering, manufacturing or retail businesses. Particularly relevant for those who have to develop or monitor HACCP based food safety management procedures and systems.

Why is this training important? Anyone working in a supervisory position in the food business is not only responsible but also accountable for food safety. It is therefore vital they are equipped with both the knowledge and confidence to do their job effectively.

Learning outcomes

·         Ability to implement and supervise a food safety management system

·         Understand food safety procedures

·         Understand the concept of food hazards and the risks associated with them  

·         Understand the terminology with respect to supervising food safety

·         Understand the techniques involved in controlling and monitoring food safety

·         Appreciate the risks linked to cross contamination

·         Understand the role temperature has to play in the control of food safety

·      Appreciate the importance of supervising high standards of cleanliness in food premises

Duration: Three-day programme
Assessment: Multiple choice examination
Ofqual Accredited: Yes
Ofqual qualification reference:
Catering - 500/5475/2
Retail - 500/5320/6
Manufacturing - 500/5092/8 
Prerequisite: Recommended understanding and knowledge of basic food hygiene – ideally the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety taken within the last three years. Candidates who have already achieved the CIEH Level 3 Award in Implementing Food Safety Management Procedures need only attend two of the remaining units of training and pass the multiple choice question examination to gain this award.
Suggested progression: CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety
Click here for example questions

CIEH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety

From food business owners to trainers, from production managers to hygiene auditors, this qualification meets the food industry’s need for a high level practical qualification with external accreditation.

Who needs this qualification? Managers, supervisors and senior hygiene personnel such as:

·         production managers

·         trainers

·         owners or managers of food businesses

·         supervisors with intermediate food hygiene knowledge

·         hygiene auditors

·         shift managers or supervisors

This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to deliver CIEH food safety qualifications as part of their training provision.

Why is this training important? Beyond being accountable, it is important for everyone in a managing or supervising position to have mastered the principles of good practice in food safety, thus gaining the ability to guide and advise on the management of food hygiene in a food business.

The CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety have been designed as a five day programme to provide an in-depth understanding of food safety with an emphasis on the importance of the management of systems and staff.

Learning outcomes

·         Identify areas for legal compliance

·         Design an improvement plan

·         Deliver the CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety (with appropriate training skills)

Duration: Five-day programme
Assessment: Controlled assignment and examination
Ofqual accredited: Yes
Ofqual qualification reference:
Catering 500/5470/3
Manufacturing 500/5318/8
Prerequisite: Recommended prior knowledge to the level of the CIEH Level 3 Awards in Food Safety

CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety Assessment Methodology

The assessment methodology for the CIEH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering and CIEH Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing now comprises a controlled assignment and an examination paper both of which are to be completed under examination conditions.

Sample controlled assignments

The controlled assignments for the Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in

Catering all comprise two parts:

1 Food safety management

2 The role of the manager

Part 1 remains the same but there are three variations of part 2.

You will be randomly allocated one of the three controlled assignments, which must

be completed under examination conditions. All of your answers must relate to

the application of practical food safety management in the workplace you have

described in your scoping document. (All Training Matters - Level 4 Example Scoping doc) When you sit the controlled assignment, you must take your scoping document with you – no other reference sources are permitted.

You will have two hours to complete the controlled assignment, but you may leave the examination room after one hour.

Click here for example questions

For The Record

Your obligations / legal requirements:

  • Produce food that will not harm or injure the consumer
  • Use a hazard analysis (safe food) system.
  • Maintain appropriate temperature controls
  • Keep records
  • Train staff in safe food handling practice
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene, both personal and within food preparation areas
  • Organise cleaning routines and provide resources to achieve an acceptable standard
  • Control pest infestation
  • Arrange appropriate storage and disposal systems for refuse and waste

Costs of Negligence:

  • Death and ill health (civil action by injured parties)
  • Prosecution for contraventions of the Food Safety Legislation.
    (Maximum penalty is now set at £20,000 and may also incur a prison sentence)
  • Loss of business, livelihood or employment
  • Loss of professional and personal reputation