Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP online course

This online course has been created to cover the requirements of the RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP qualification and the principles of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based system, which many staff employed in food businesses (manufacturing, catering and retail) will need to know.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a food safety system that helps businesses to keep the food they prepare safe and hygienic. All managers, supervisors and team leaders, who are responsible for the smooth and safe running of a kitchen, should know how to put together and implement a HACCP-based system.

The Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP covers the principles of HACCP that all kitchens that prepare and serve customers food, and meat in particular, need to know. It will give learners the skills and confidence to put systems in place to make sure that their food is cooked safely and efficiently. This course is a straight-forward and effective introduction to the concept of HACCP and how to develop procedures for food preparation which comply with the law.

The course has been designed by our tutors to make the whole learning experience engaging, straightforward and painless. Similarly, the learning material is interactive, split into manageable bite-size sections and created to be as flexible as possible, to fit around your busy schedule!

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Aims of the Course

The Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP Online Learning course will equip you with all the information you need to set up a safe food management system. This includes learning how to develop effective systems for hazard point analysis, personal hygiene and pest control.

On completion, you'll understand:

  • the purpose of HACCP
  • the meaning of the terms used in the HACCP system
  • the prerequisites and principles of HACCP
  • the process of developing a HACCP Plan


Course details:

  • seven hours of study
  • seven CPD points
  • easy to navigate online resources
  • optional assessment to obtain a qualification
  • created and accredited alongside the RSPH official qualification
  • auto-saves your progress so can be completed in multiple sittings

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Who is the Course aimed at?

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The aim of the Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP is to ensure that all learners understand the key principles of HACCP and the processes involved in developing a HACCP plan. This online course is ideal for anyone who works in a food or food-related business who has a responsibility for maintaining food safety standards.

This course will also be very helpful for people employed in food manufacturing, catering and food retail sectors. It's really important that staff understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to HACCP system and this course is particularly useful for people who are planning on becoming a member of a HACCP team. Even if you have an understanding of HACCP systems, this course is a great way to refresh your knowledge and skills and make sure beginners in your team are up-to-date with HACCP principles.

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How much does the course cost?

All our online courses are priced competitively and offer great value-for-money. The cost of the Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP Online Learning Course, depends on whether you select the Course Only or the Course + Assessment bundle. And how many courses you intend to buy (see Volume Discount below):

  • Course only: £31.00 each
  • Course + Assessment: £61.00 each

Optional Assessment

Learners have the option to take the assessment for this qualification which leads to the Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP qualification. However, taking the course - even without the assessment - will still provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge you need (without a formal certificate).

Volume Discounts

If you represent an organisation and you’re interested in purchasing multiple (10+) Online Learning Courses for your colleagues or employees, we offer attractive discounts for bulk purchases. You can add Up to 200 courses to your basket and the discount will be automatically applied. Or you can talk to our lovely RSPH Learn Team about your requirements here.

How do you access the course? And how long does it take to complete?

All course materials are accessed through our interactive online platform RSPH Learn (you need to be connected to the internet). You can purchase the course by visiting our Learning Catalogue in My RSPH. If you do not have an account you must first register here. You can buy a course for yourself, or multiple to assign to other learners. If you are buying a course for yourself, you should tick the ‘assign course to yourself’ box at the check-out.

The course topics are split out, with Revision Quizzes to test your knowledge, as you work through the modules. It can be paused and restarted whenever you like, and you have six months to complete the course. The entire course involves up to seven hours of study. On successful completion, you'll receive an RSPH CPD Completion Certificate and seven CPD points.

We offer bulk discounts on all courses, and can facilitate centres and organisations enrolling groups of learners onto one or multiple of our courses. This online course can be used to deliver the content to prepare your learners for the qualification assessment, or used alongside additional teaching as a blended learning approach. Please contact [email protected] for more information on any of our courses and centres can also request a free demo to preview a section of the course before you decide to purchase.

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Course contents

The course is split into the two key sections. At the end of each section, you'll find a Revision Quiz to help boost your learning and after completing the final topic, the Practice Assessment.

PART 1: The Purpose of HACCP
After completing this module you will be able to:

  • State why HACCP was developed

  • Explain the importance of HACCP systems

  • Explain the meaning of the terms used in the HACCP system

  • PART 2: The Prerequisites and Principles of HACCP
    After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the prerequisite programmes that need to be in place before the HACCP plan is developed

  • Explain the process of developing a HACCP plan based on CODEX HACCP principles

  • Certification

    Once you've completed the course, you will automatically receive an electronic RSPH CPD Completion Certificate through the RSPH Learn platform. Find out more about our CPD recognition policy.

    Should you wish to obtain the RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP you will need to complete a multiple-choice examination through our eAssesment platform. You can find more information here about the eAssessment platform.

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