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Food Handler Basics training

Food Handler Basics is a free, non-accredited, online training course developed by the Food Authority. The course covers the basic knowledge requirements for food handlers in Standard 3.2.2A of the Food Standards Code. It is not mandatory and is one way businesses can meet their obligations under the Code - see below for more information and options.

Participants work through 7 food safe handling modules, and an assessment at the end. Those who achieve a score of 100% can receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

It is important to note that a certificate is not a proof of skills under the Food Standards Code and food handlers must also be able to demonstrate they know how to handle food safely in the food business.

Before you begin

Food Handler Basics training is not the same as Food Safety Supervisor training. For Food Safety Supervisor training, please see Food Safety Supervisors.

The training will take about an hour to complete.

Knowledge will be assessed in a quiz at the end. You must answer all questions correctly and provide your email address to receive your certificate.




Food handler training requirements

It’s important food handlers and their supervisors know how to handle food properly so that it’s safe to eat.

Standard 3.2.2 - Food Safety Practices and General Requirements, and Standard 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools, require businesses to make sure the people who handle food, and their supervisors, have skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene appropriate for their duties.

Formal training in specific courses is not generally needed.

To meet their Standard 3.2.2A obligations, businesses can choose how food handlers are trained, but it must cover:

  • safe handling of food
  • understanding of food contamination
  • cleaning and sanitising of food premises and equipment
  • personal hygiene.

Various online food safety training programs, courses from vocational training providers, or training developed by the business or other food businesses where the employee worked previously, may be used. Internal training may also be tailored to suit the business’s own activities and procedures.

Additional training may not be needed if food handlers can already demonstrate adequate skills and knowledge in the above areas.

Training timeframes

No specific timeframe or refresher period has been set in the Standard. However, businesses must ensure food handlers’ skills and knowledge are adequate and up to date. It is good practice to schedule regular refresher training.

Keeping a record of the training food handlers have completed enables businesses to be sure everyone has completed it and can show authorised officers they have met the requirements.

Recognition of prior learning​ and experience 

A business can recognise a food handler’s prior learning and experience in the food industry, as long as it is relevant to the activities they do and current.

Food handlers must be able to show they know about and understand safe food handling, food contamination, cleaning and sanitising and personal hygiene.

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