Everyone consumes food, and safe food is a significant element of public health. It is a legal requirement that anyone who handles food for others (either paid or voluntary) must receive training or instruction in how to handle food safely.
A great starter course, Food Safety and Hygiene covers:
  • How to handle food safely
  • How to protect food
  • Your legal responsibilities in food safety
  • The application and monitoring of good food safety procedures.

An understanding of food safety is essential for those who work in catering or retail. However, those who work in related sectors such as child care, residential care or transport will also benefit from this course if they handle food as part of their duties and are concerned about public health.



  • E-learning course: £25
  • Optional assessment: £10

The programme is completed in eight hours, and is worth 8 CPD points (8 CPD points for food and hygiene, 6 CPD points for health improvement). On successful completion of the e-learning programme, users can request an RSPH CPD certificate. Please note that this is an e-learning programme only.

To obtain the RSPH Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene qualification, you will need to sit an invigilated exam in the RSPH head office in London. If you wish to complete the assessment elsewhere in the UK, please purchase the e-learning “without assessment” option on the online shop and contact an alternative centre. Find out more about the assessment options available here.