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Quick Facts:

What is it? An online training course in Food Safety for Food Handlers.

Is it Recognized? Yes. Food Safety for Food Handlers is recognized in BC/SK/MB/ON/NS/NF meeting the requirements of the Provincial food premises regulations. A certificate valid for 5 years is issued on successful completion.

Can I do it from home? Yes. You can do it from any tablet or desktop computer with a modern HMTL5 capable web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.

How long does it take? Students must spend a minimum of 6 hours in the content of the course before challenging the final online exam. You can stop the program anywhere and resume it later. Student’s have one hour to complete the final (closed book) online exam.

Can I can it right away? Yes, as soon as you register with a participating school you can start the course right away from your home or office.

Where do I do the final exam? You must travel to the nearest participating school where you will login again to your account and a proctor (teacher who oversees exams) will unlock the final exam for you and observe while you complete it. Click on the ‘Participating Schools’ menu item to see which schools are near you.

When do I get my certificate? You will receive your official certificate within a few minutes of completing the final exam.

How much does it cost? The cost varies between schools but is approximately $99 plus tax. Depending on the institution an additional proctoring charge may apply.

How do I register? Check with the school nearest to you which is listed in the ‘Participating Schools’ tab to the right. If there is no participating school near you may suggest one which may be able to proctor the final exam.

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Food Safety Training Online Certificate

Convenient Food Safety Training

Food Safety for Food Handlers is a food safety training online certificate course. The certificate issued on successful completion is recognized in BC/SK/MB/ON/NS/NF as meeting the requirements of the Provincial food premises regulations. In BC, every operator of a food service establishment, and at least one employee on every shift, must hold a FoodSafe Level 1 or equivalent certificate. This online food safety training course lets persons anywhere earn their certificate online on any desktop or tablet computer equipped with a modern web browser and a high speed internet connection. Certificate holders have a better understanding of food safety and improved employment prospects.

Students must spend a minimum of six hours in course content and complete all parts and modules (including self-tests – with a score of 100%). The course, including the final quiz, must be completed within 30 days of beginning it. You must travel to the location of a participating school where a course proctor (overseer) will unlock the 50 question final online exam. On successful completion (80% passmark) you will receive an official certificate within a few minutes. Your certificate is valid for 5 years from the day of completion.

Learn at Home, Write the exam at School

You progress at your own pace in the privacy of your home or office through ten easy-to-use interactive modules. Each module contains text, graphics, audio, and self-test features. You may stop the course anytime and resume it later. Help is available by phone and email. You may review modules until you are ready to challenge the final exam. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt, you may repeat the exam after a 24 hour period (an additional proctoring charge may apply – check with the participating school).

How much does it cost?

Cost may vary by institution but averages about $99, which includes a certificate. At some institutions an additional proctoring charge may apply. Contact the participating school nearest you for details.

Refund Policy:

A refund of course fees will be made in the event of insurmountable technical difficulties which prevents the course from running properly.

How can I Register?

First, check the requirements on the ‘Course Requirements’ link below to ensure you meet them. Click the ‘Participating Schools’ link below to find a location near you where you can write the proctored final exam.

Contact the school nearest to you to register!

If none of the proctors are near to you contact KnowledgeWare at 1-800-893-9333 pacific for more information.

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Click the Links in the Orange Bar Below Below For More Information:

Here is what you will learn in this course:

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  • discuss the importance and implications of food safety
  • state your safety rights and responsibilities


  • describe microbes and pathogens
  • state where pathogens can be found
  • list ways pathogens are spread
  • describe how pathogens survive and reproduce
  • list the conditions needed for pathogens to survive and reproduce
  • list ways of controlling pathogen survival and reproduction
  • explain how pathogen survival and reproduction is affected by temperature
  • explain why destroying pathogens does not
  • guarantee food safety
  • protect yourself from bloodborne illnesses

Foodborne Illness

  • distinguish between chemical and biological
  • food contamination
  • list sources of chemical contamination
  • identify sources of biological contamination
  • provide examples of physical contamination
  • describe how pathogens are spread
  • explain how food infection differs from food intoxication
  • state how you can prevent and control pathogen reproduction
  • protect yourself at work

Personal Hygiene and Health

  • explain how you can break the cycle of transmission
  • list ways poor personal hygiene spreads pathogens
  • discuss how good personal hygiene reduces the spread of pathogens
  • dress and groom yourself to minimize the risk of spreading pathogens
  • state when food handlers should wash their hands
  • properly wash your hands
  • explain what food handlers should do when they are ill
  • describe how personal habits can spread pathogens
  • protect yourself at work

Serving and Dispensing

  • safely clean and set tables
  • safely store utensils and dishes
  • explain why cracked or chipped dishes, cups, and glasses should be thrown out
  • discuss why single service items should only be used once
  • safely serve food
  • explain how you can reduce the amount food is handled
  • describe how to protect self serve food
  • discuss why foods that have been served should not be re-used
  • safely clear tables and counters
  • protect yourself at work

Preparing and Protecting Food

  • state which foods are potentially hazardous
  • describe how pathogens are spread
  • state which foods are relatively safe
  • explain how the time foods are kept at unsafe temperatures affects food safety
  • explain how temperature can be used to protect foods
  • protect yourself at work

Receiving and Storing Food

  • safely receive and store food
  • describe reasons for rejecting incoming food
  • state how different types of food should be stored
  • apply the “first in first out” rule
  • protect yourself at work

Dishwashing and Storage

  • describe how proper dishwashing and storage
  • procedures can prevent food contamination
  • use the correct temperature settings for washing and sanitizing ware
  • state the concentrations needed for different chemical sanitizers
  • test the concentration levels of different chemical sanitizers
  • correctly store ware
  • protect yourself at work

Planning for Food Safety

  • outline the requirements of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)
  • explain the basics of a food sanitation plan
  • discuss methods of controlling pests
  • list the main food premise requirements
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A summary and self-test is included in all modules. Personal safety topics include: Bloodborne pathogens, sharps, blood and body fluid spills, personal protective equipment, preventing injuries, lifting correctly, preventing cuts, slips, and burns, and ladder safety. Also covered are worker rights. Case studies, real world youtube movies, simulations, graphics, and news items add relevance.

Click the ‘Participating Schools’ tab above to choose a school to register with.

Hardware Requirements:

  • A desktop or tablet computer with a high speed internet connectionfood safety training online
  • Audio capability recommended

Software Requirements:

  • A modern HTML5 capable web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, IE11 or later, etc.). Note: Internet Explorer not recommended.

Student Requirements:

  • English skills grade 8 or higher
  • Independent study skills
  • Ability to travel to a proctored location to complete the final (online) exam
  • Basic computer skills
  • The course is timed and requires a minimum of 6 hours in the content area, most students take more time
  • The course must be completed and the final exam written within 30 days of starting (no exceptions to this rule are permitted). In the event the student goes over 30 days the course can be reset but the student must start again at the beginning. Schools may charge a reset fee.

Program Features:

  • Interactive multimedia with audio to enhance learning
  • Game-type simulations for cooking temperatures and related memory concepts
  • Self-paced interactive tutorials – employees proceed at their own pace
  • ‘Resume’ feature lets employees pick up where they left off
  • Contains glossary feature
  • Notes feature allows students to take/print notes
  • Case studies and news items add relevance
  • Employee health and safety training included



To take this course online register with a participating school. BC schools listed below, please call for other areas.

Lower Mainland Area of Vancouver, BC

Downtown Vancouver:

Imperial Hotel Management College
Phone: 604-688-3115  ext. 2
Address: 905 West Pender Street, Lower Lobby, Vancouver, BC V6C 1L6


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) – Surrey Campus

NOTE! KPU does not offer the Food Safety for Food Handlers course directly but will provide proctoring services for you to write the final exam at the Surrey(Newton) campus.  First contact the Kwantlen testing office at the number or email below to confirm when you can do the final exam with them, then register and pay for this course via the e-commerce link on this website. 

Proctoring days at the Surrey (Newton) campus are Wednesday at 2pm, 3pm or Thursdays at 9:30am.  You will be charged an additional $35 proctoring fee by KPU to do the final exam (in addition to the course fee). A parking fee also applies if you park on the KPU campus. The proctoring fee is payable at the Student Enrollment Services front counter when you arrive for the test – you will need to let the cashier know that the fee for your exam is $35. Get two copies of the invoice – one for yourself and one for the assessment office. Bring photo ID like a drivers’ license with you and arrive 10 minutes early. Contact the assessment center at the number below for more information.

Remember…you need to complete the course and write the final exam within 30 days maximum of starting it – or you will need to repeat the course – please keep this in mind when booking a proctoring date in case you don’t pass the first time! In the event of a failed exam, you’ll need to wait 24 hours before repeating the exam, and a second proctoring fee will apply.

KPU Surrey (Newton) Campus:
Proctoring days: Wednesday at 2pm, 3pm or Thursdays at 9:30am
Phone: 604-599-2368
Address: 12666 – 72nd Avenue  Surrey, BC  V3W 2M8
Assessment and Testing Center  (Surrey Main Building, Room 138)

For more information on KPU assessment services:

Port Moody, BC

Back In Motion – WorkBC Employment Services Centre
Phone: 604-917-0286
Address: 600-130 Brew Street, Port Moody BC V3H 0E3

 Squamish BC

Back In Motion
Phone: 604-815-4550
Address: #302-37989 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish, BC V8B 0A8

Whistler, BC

Back In Motion
Phone: 604-932-1600
Address: 1200 Alpha Lake Rd #204, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

Vancouver Island of BC / Sunshine Coast

Eighth Avenue Learning Centre (Port Alberni) 
Phone: 250-723-3744
Address: 2941 8th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 2K5

Career Centre – Parksville BC
Phone: 250-248-3205
Address: #110-198 East Island Highway Parksville, BC V9P 2H3

Global Vocational Services – Duncan BC
Phone: 250-748-9880
Address: 301 – 80 Station Street Duncan, BC V9L 1M4

North Island College (4 campuses)
NOTE! North Island College does not offer this course but will provide proctoring services for you to write the final exam. First contact a North Island College proctoring office in your area to confirm when you can do the final exam, then register and pay for this course via the e-commerce link on this website. You will be charged an additional $35 proctoring fee by North Island College (in addition to the course fee) to do the final exam. Inform the college that you will require the user of a computer for the exam. On exam day please arrive 10 minutes early and bring photo ID like a drivers’ license. Contact the assessment centers at the numbers below for more information. 

North Island College – Courtenay Campus
Phone: 250- 334-5014
Address: 2300 Ryan Road (room DIS 222 in Discovery Hall), Courtenay, BC

North Island College – Campbell River Campus
Phone: 250-923-9715
Address: 1685 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC (room A262 in Registration/Student Services)

North Island College – Port Alberni Campus
Phone: 250-724-8711 OR 250- 724-8741
Address: 3699 Roger Street, Port Alberni, BC

North Island College – Port Hardy (Mt. Waddington) Campus
Phone: 250-334-5000 OR 250- 949-7912 X 2844
Address: 9300 Trustee Road, Port Hardy, BC  (room 104)

Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo  (proctoring services only)
Phone: 250 740 6276 (Felicity Blaiklock – Assessment and Exam Invigilation Services)
Address: 900 Fifth Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

Interior Area of British Columbia

College of the Rockies – Kimberly, BC   
Phone: 250-427-7116 Ext. 3752
Address: 1850 Warren Avenue, Kimberley, BC V1A 1S1

Selkirk College  ( Grand Forks, Castlegar, Crawford Bay, Kaslo, Nelson, Nakusp, Trail )

Selkirk College – Grand Forks (Boundary Campus)
Phone: 250-442-2704
Address: 486 – 72 Avenue, Grand Forks BC V0H 1H0

Selkirk College – Castlegar Campus 
Phone: 250-365-1208  Toll Free: 1-888-953-1133
Address: 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC V1N 4L3

Selkirk College – Crawford Bay (East Shore Learning Place) 
Phone: 250-227-9218 Ext. 5518
Address: 16159 Walkley Road, Crawford Bay BC V0B 1E0

Selkirk College – Kaslo Learning Centre
Phone: 250-353-2618
Address: 421 Front Street, Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0

Selkirk College – Nakusp Learning Centre
Phone: 250-265-4077
Address: 311 Broadway, Nakusp BC V0G 1R0

Selkirk College – Nelson (Kootenay Arts Studio)
Phone: 250-352-2821 or Toll Free: 1-877-552-2821
Address: 606 Victoria Street, Nelson BC V1L 4K9

Selkirk College – Nelson (Silver King Campus)
Phone: 250-352-6601 or Toll Free: 1-866-301-6601
Address: 2001 Silver King Road, Nelson BC V1L 1C8

Selkirk College – Nelson (Tenth Street Campus)
Phone: 250-352-6601 or Toll Free: 1-866-301-6601
Address: 809 Tenth Street, Nelson BC V1L 4K9

Selkirk College – Trail Campus
Phone: 250-364-5770
Address: 900 Helena Street, Trail, BC V1R 4S6

North British Columbia Area

Northern Lights College – Atlin, BC
Phone: 250-651-7762
Address: Box 29, Atlin Learning Centre 2nd Street Atlin, BC V0W 1A0

Northern Lights College – Chetwynd
Phone: 250-788-2248  Fax: 250-788-9706
Address: Box 1180, 5132 – 50th Street Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0

Northern Lights College – Dawson Creek
Phone: 250-782-5251   Fax: 250-784-7563
Address: 11401-8 Street Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2

Northern Lights College – Dease Lake
Phone: 250-771-5500  Fax: 250-771-5510
Address: Box 220, 10 Commercial Drive Dease Lake, BC V0C 1L0

Northern Lights College – Fort Nelson
Phone: 250-774-2741 Fax: 250-774-2750
Address: Box 860, 5201 Simpson Trail Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0

Northern Lights College – Fort St. John
Phone: 250-785-6981  Fax: 250-787-6255
Address: Box 1000, 9820 – 120th Ave Fort St. John, BC V1J 6K1

Northern Lights College – Tumbler Ridge
Phone: 250-242-5591   Fax: 250-242-3109
Address: Box 180, 180 Southgate Secondary School Building Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0

Terrace BC

Caledonia Secondary
Contact: Tamara Braid
Phone: 250-635-6531
Fax: 1-888-278-7438
Address:  3605 Munroe Street, Terrace, B.C. V8G 3C4

Note: Can’t find a location in your area? You may recommend a school or professional person in your area to serve as a proctor. Contact KnowledgeWare for information.

Note! If youfood handler live near a participating school that is offering the food safety course (see the Participating Schools link above) then register directly with that school and do not use the payment link on this page. This payment link is for students who wish to do the course from home then proceed to one of the locations below to complete the final quiz:

  1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey BC
  2. North Island College locations on Vancouver Island
  3. Caledonia Secondary in Terrace BC

There will normally be an additional charge for the proctoring service. Before using the self register link, check with the organization above who will proctor your exam regarding proctoring dates, times, and fees.