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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 5 sections

  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 Personal Hygiene
  3. 3 Cleaning
  4. 4 Storage, Temperature & Time
  5. 5 The Law
A person washing their hands - Food Safety Training Level 2
Decaying food

Being human, we all need to eat and drink to survive. But food means much more than that. In this section, we will look at the definitions of terms that will be used throughout this course, food hazards, good and poor food standards, allergic reactions, microorganisms, bacteria and your responsibilities. 

A chef washing his hands.

Having high standards of personal hygiene at all times is crucial for all food handlers. And keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to prevent bacteria from contaminating food. This section will cover hand washing, PPE, Gloves, Jewellery, Cosmetics and First Aid, Infection and Illness. 

A chef cleaning down his workstation

As a food handler, one of the best mottos you can live by is ‘clean as you go’. This means cleaning and tidying up after yourself during the working day, not just at the end of your shift. We will cover cleaning do's and don't's, schedules, bins, cleaning your fridge and disinfecting surfaces & equipment.

Someone checking the food temperature with a temperature probe

The Storage and Temperature of food are key factors in working to keep food safe. There are a few different things to consider when it comes to food temperatures, deliveries, storage, preservation, packaging and labelling which we’ll take a look at in this section.

Someone applying first aid

As we’ve discussed at certain points throughout this course, there are certain legal requirements that food businesses and food handlers must meet. In this section, we will look at food legislation, food management systems, record keeping, enforcement officers, training requirements and first aid. 

About this course

This Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene Training builds on and includes our Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 training

This online Food Safety and Hygiene training is an in-depth course that builds on basic knowledge of food safety in the workplace - whether in Food manufacturing, Hospitality, or Retail.

This programme is aimed at those who are consistently required to handle various types of food in the workplace. It covers all that you need to know about food hazards and food poisoning, with clear explanations of the various ways in which food can become contaminated; personal hygiene; cleanliness in the food preparation area; safe storage; cooking; and chilling

Once you’ve completed this e-learning course, you will finish with a Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, proving that you understand how to handle food in the workplace. The course also looks at Food Safety Management Systems (including HACCP), record keeping, and legal requirements for food premises. 

This Food Safety Level 2 Course is broken down into 5 sections: An introduction to food hygiene, personal hygiene, cleaning, storage & temperatures and the law.

This course also works in conjunction with our Food Allergy Awareness Training and HACCP Training courses. 

The importance of Food Hygiene Level 2 Training Course

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2 certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple-choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Food Hygiene Level 2 Training Course Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate

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A helpful course

I liked the course it did teach me a lot of things however at times I did get a bit confused as there were two different people in the videos

It's simple to understand and straight f

I really enjoyed the topic;very educating and easy to understand


It's good to know alot of stuff to do wi

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excellent experience

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Training was clear and detailed

The training process was amazingly informative and clearly explanatory.I’d recommend this training for everyone.

Not fit for purpose

I completed this training, however it was not at all relevant to the job that I do. We assist people with their own food in their own homes for which they are responsible. We do not take deliveries of food, store food, do any hot holding or pretty much anything else contained in the course.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Food Hygiene Regulations 2006

These regulations set out the basic hygiene requirements for all food businesses, from premises and equipment to staff training and hygiene. Critically, proof of appropriate practice and staff training are required by law.

Based on Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament, the following legislation applies to all organisations handling foodstuffs for human consumption:

An integrated approach is necessary to ensure food safety from the place of primary production up to and including placing on the market or export. Every food business operator along the food chain should ensure that food safety is not compromised.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004, Chapter 1, Section 8

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, this course is IOSH approved and CPD Accredited for your total reassurance.
This course takes just 70 minutes to complete and can be completed on any device.
If you work with food, it’s important that you comply with the law and understand the ways it affects you and the way you work. Employers are responsible for employees' food hygiene training.
Our level 2 food hygiene course is designed for anyone who works in a catering, manufacturing, or retail setting and regularly prepares, cooks, and handles food. This includes pub, hotel, and restaurant staff, supermarket and retail staff (for example, delis, and bakeries), food and drink manufacturers, hospital staff, care providers, schools, nurseries, colleges, and university staff, childminders, prison staff, and managers of catering staff.
In the UK, it's recommended that food hygiene certificates are renewed at least every three years.
Yes, as with any iHASCO course, you can try it for free at any time without obligation.