Food Hygiene Training

Employees who handle or prepare food, whether open (unwrapped) or packaged foods are required to be supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activities.  The requirement does not apply to all people involved in a food business.

The level and amount of training will depend on the job of the individual and the type of food that they handle.  People who handle open high risk foods, such as cooked meats, will require more advanced training than someone who handles low risk foods such as wrapped sweets and crisps.  It is not always necessary for all staff to undergo formal training; it may be sufficient in some instances for supervision and instruction to be given by a more senior member of staff.

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety is aimed at those people who handle or prepare open foods.  The course is designed to teach students how to prepare and supply food that is safe and will not cause illness to consumers.  The course can be aimed specifically at caterers, retailers or manufacturers.  Course content is as follows:

  • Legislation
  • Food Safety Hazards
  • Temperature Control
  • Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding
  • Cooking, hot holding and reheating
  • Food handling
  • Principles of safe storage
  • Cleaning
  • Food premises and equipment

The course ends with a short multiple-choice examination and successful candidates will receive a Level 2 Award Certificate issued by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.  The course normally lasts for one full day, or two half days.

Those persons responsible for developing and maintaining procedures based on the HACCP principles should also receive adequate training in their application. 

The Level 3 Award in Implementing Food Safety Management Procedures provides an overview of the policies, controls and procedures of HACCP principles/systems.  Course content is as follows:

  • 12 steps in the HACCP process
  • Controls required to ensure food safety
  • Use of a management tool such as the SFBB pack

Level 3 (Intermediate)  and Level 4 (Advanced) training courses are also available, these are aimed at supervisors and managers within food businesses.  They cover food hygiene in more detail and focus on management and systems.

Food Hygiene Trainers
Although this Authority cannot recommend a particular trainer to you, the following organisations arrange Food Safety Courses within the local area:

Somerset Skills & Learning, Minehead Learning Centre, Middle Street, Minehead
Contact No: 01643 702986  E: 

Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies, Bridgwater College, Bath Road, Bridgwater
Contact No: 01278 441234   E:
Food Safety Zone, PO Box 3993, Bath
Contact No: 0800 0431127  E: 
(Can deliver courses in English or Polish)

Ilknur Bulbul, School of Hygiene, Swansea
Contact No: 07940248730  E:

Mr D Robinson, Food Hygiene Training-South West, 8 Pope Close, Taunton
Contact No: 01823 254249 E:                                
Mobile: 07768600037       W:

Somerset College of Arts & Technology (SCAT). Wellington Road, Taunton
Contact No: 01823 366481  E:

Mohammad Shajjad H Khan, Summit Training, 18 Paul Street, Taunton
Contact No: 01823 365702              E:
Mobile: 07727 100143                      (Can deliver courses in Bengali or English)  

Blake Training, Lanlivery, Main Road, Middlezoy, Bridgwater
Contact No: 01823 690042  E:
Mobile: 07783 305835   W:

Food Safety South West,Training, Auditing and Quality Management
15 Seymour Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8JT, UK
Contact No: 07811 643209 W:

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health will also be able to provide you with details of trainers that run Food Safety Courses, and details of trainers who run courses in languages other than English.  Their telephone number is 0207 827 5800.

Other accredited courses are run by the:

Royal Society for Public Health Telephone: 0203 177 1600

The Society of  Food Hygiene & Technology Telephone: 01827 872500

Distance Learning

Should you wish to study by way of distance learning, details of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Learndirect centres can be found on their website at

Alternatively, will access details on eLearning with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

If you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Services on 01643 703704 or use the online form.