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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Food Hazards and Food Poisoning
  2. 2 Personal Hygiene
  3. 3 The 4 C's of Food Safety
  4. 4 Procedures and Premises
A person washing their hands - Food Safety Training Level 2
Close up of bacteria in food poisoning as part of the food safety and hygiene level 2 awareness course

To achieve your Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, you need to understand the four major ways in which food can become contaminated. Firstly, we will look at the risks of microbiological contamination, then chemical contamination, physical contamination and allergenic hazards in foods.

Large image of a person maintaining food safety and personal hygiene

One of the most serious hazards in the entire food industry is people themselves – people carry bacteria of all kinds, which can really be a problem if they contaminate food. This section is all about adhering to standards of good personal hygiene, including washing hands and being careful about what you wear. It even contains a step-by-step guide on how you should wash your hands!

Large image of fridge with food stored to avoid cross contamination for food safety and hygiene training level 2

This section covers the 4 main C’s of food safety – cleanliness, cross-contamination, cooking and chilling. It includes cleanliness in food-prep areas, cross-contamination where harmful bacteria are spread from one thing to another, cooking and reheating foods safely and chilling & defrosting foods in the correct manner are hugely important.

Hot hold food record keeping as part of food health and safety

In this final section, we cover aspects of food safety which are required at Level 2, including Food Safety Management Systems which are planned sets of procedures designed to manage food safety hazards and based on HACCP principles. The importance of record-keeping is also included - things like oven, fridge and freezer temperatures, training records, cleaning records and records about where food came from.

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 which builds on a basic knowledge of food safety in the workplace - whether in Food Manufacture, 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 course is broken down into 3 sections: the hazards of food (and avoiding food poisoning), personal hygiene and the cleanliness & cross-contamination hazards with food.

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

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Food Safety and Hygiene Training - Level 2

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Food Safety and Hygiene Training - Level 2

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 questionnaires 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 Safety and Hygiene Training - Level 2 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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Very interesting

Having never done anything like this before, I will admit that I was a little anxious (which is why the option to do the modules from home was very appealing to me). This module took me an hour and 40 minutes from start to finish (issues with the oversensitive touch pad on the laptop when selecting answers meant that I had to go back to the beginning of the test on numerous occasions) but I was really pleased with myself when I got to the end of the test with 100%. I found the whole thing very interesting from start to finish - thank you.

Easy to follow and interesting

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Clear and thorough

The course was delivered in a way that made it easy to follow. Breaking everything down into sections and having a summary at the end of each section was very helpful. Also being asked questions every now and then to check understanding was a good idea as this kept you on your toes! I like the fact also that there was no timer on the course and on the test as this enables you to relax and take your time.

Common Sense but well written

The majority of this is common sense and could have been shorter but the content was all relevant.

Concise and divided into sections

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The Best course and easy to understand

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Great course

Each section in depth descriptions and short videos, easy to use and follow, and test at the end is very good, great price and a qualifying certificate at the end which can easily be printed off, fast and efficient, was very pleased with the course from start to finish.

Was very thorough with training prior

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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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