Browse our Food Safety and Hygiene Qualifications

RSPH offers a range of Food Safety and Hygiene Qualifications - regulated by OFQUAL/CCEA or Qualifications Wales - at Training Centres around the UK. Select a qualification to see full details - including syllabuses, fact sheets and specimen papers and a list of the Centres where it's available (you can enter your location on the next page).

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RSPH Qualifications (classroom assessment*)


RSPH Level 3 Award in Food Safety for Food Manufacturing

This qualification is designed for those who are, or intend to be, supervisors in any part of the food and drink manufacturing sector

Ofqual Reference: 603/0680/4

RSPH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety and Hygiene (Manufacturing)

This qualification is designed for those who are, or intend to be, managers in any part of the food and drink manufacturing sector

Ofqual Reference: 603/2407/7

RSPH Level 1 Award in Food Hygiene Awareness

This is a qualification appropriate for anybody wishing to have an awareness of food hygiene

Ofqual Reference: 601/8307/X


RSPH Level 2 Award in Identifying and Controlling Food Allergy Risks

This qualification will provide learners with an understanding of why food allergens need to be controlled and strategies for control

Ofqual Reference: 601/4296/0

RSPH Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Food Manufacturing

This qualification is designed for those who work in all areas of the food and drink manufacturing sectors

Ofqual Reference: 603/0716/X

RSPH Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene

This qualification covers the principles of food hygiene for food handlers working in either a catering or retail environment

Ofqual Reference: 603/2395/4

RSPH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety and Hygiene (Retail)

This qualification is designed for those who are, or intend to be, supervisors within the retail sector

Ofqual Reference: 603/2396/6

RSPH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety and Hygiene (Catering)

This qualification is designed principally for those who are, or intend to be, supervisors of food handlers within the catering and hospitality industry

Ofqual Reference: 603/2396/6

RSPH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety and Hygiene (Catering)

This qualification is designed for senior staff and those who are managers of food handlers in a food business within the catering and hospitality industry.

Ofqual Reference: 603/2407/7

RSPH Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection

The Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection is a qualification designed for those who wish to qualify as Official Auxiliaries.

Ofqual reference number: 603/5304/1

RSPH Level 2 Award in Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection

This qualification is designed for staff working in poultry processing businesses that will be part of the team carrying out post mortem inspection of carcases and offal.

Ofqual reference number: 603/5305/3

Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention and Control for Special Procedures Practitioners

This qualifications covers the principles of infection control through application of the ‘chain of infection’ and the ‘standard infection control precautions’.

Ofqual reference number: 603/4597/4

RSPH Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection

The Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection qualification is for learners who wish to qualify as Official Auxiliaries (meat hygiene inspectors).

Ofqual reference number: 603/3287/6

RSPH Level 3 Award in Understanding how to Develop a HACCP Plan

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) provides an effective and practicable management tool for identifying food safety hazards and ensuring that adequate controls are in place.

Ofqual Reference: 603/3653/5

RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP

This qualification is particularly useful for those involved in the implementation and maintenance of HACCP and individuals who are, or intend to become, members of HACCP teams.

Ofqual Reference: 603/3652/3

RSPH Level 4 Award in Managing the HACCP System

Learners will develop an understanding of the management of a HACCP-based food safety management system.

Ofqual Reference: 603/3654/7

RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding HACCP for the Meat Industry

The qualification was developed in response to the 2018 review of the meat cutting plants and cold storage sector by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland. The qualification will enable all personnel to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to HACCP in meat plants.

Ofqual reference number: 603/5237/1

RSPH Level 3 Award in Understanding how to Develop a HACCP Plan for the Meat Industry

This qualification is primarily aimed at supervisors/managers working in meat plants, but it is also an ideal qualification for those who wish to become part of the HACCP team.

Ofqual reference number: 603/5401/X

* The majority of RSPH Qualifications are taught and assessed in a classroom setting - while some offer on-the-job assessment. We are also working to introduce secure online e-assessment in the near future.


 

Related eLearning Courses (study online)


If there are no Training Centres in your area offering RSPH Qualifications, our eLearning Courses are a great alternative. They can be studied anytime and anywhere. And some lead to a formal Qualification or contribute CPD points (following an optional classroom assessment).


RSPH Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene Online Course

This course covers the essentials of Food Safety and Hygiene - including all you need to know if you work in a Catering, Hospitality or a Food Manufacturing environment.


Optional Classroom Assessment; CPD eligible.

Salmonella: Facts and Prevention Strategies

This course covers the essentials of Salmonella Prevention - helping you keep the food you prepare and serve for other as safe as possible. 


Information Only - No Assessment; CPD eligible.

Campylobacter: Facts and Prevention Strategies

This online course covers the essentials of Campylobacter Prevention, including the sources of this type of food poisoning and how to keep your food hygienic.


Information Only - No Assessment; CPD eligible.

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About our Food Safety and Hygiene Qualifications

Food safety is a scientific discipline describing the handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. Everyone eats food, and having safe food is vital for protecting people’s health.

Our food safety and hygiene qualifications cover the routines to follow in order to avoid risks when handling food, including the importance of food hygiene and best practice, food hazards, allergies, and controls based upon an awareness of food safety management systems. Our qualifications are suitable for anyone working in food preparation, whether that is caterers, manufacturers or retailers. They are also appropriate for anyone wishing to have an awareness of food hygiene and safety. The different level of qualification is suited to varying grades of experience, right from food handlers who perform low risk tasks such as clearing tables through to managers and supervisors with high risk responsibilities.

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Careers in Food Safety and Hygiene

There are a number of career options in food safety and hygiene. There are also a wide variety of jobs that are related to food safety and require knowledge of safety and hygiene standards.

Food safety inspectors make sure that food manufacturers, retailers and caterers meet hygiene and safety standards, and ensure that products are safe for consumption. Inspectors test food samples and produce reports advising companies on how to make improvements. Environmental health officers also inspect businesses against food hygiene standards, and follow up food poisoning outbreaks. Part of the role may involve enforcing environmental health laws and advising on food safety.

Having a qualification in food safety and hygiene may also lead to a career in food production. Chefs, kitchen assistants and food manufacturers all need to have an understanding of good food hygiene practices to carry out their roles safely.

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Why choose RSPH for Food Safety and Hygiene Qualifications?

Our food safety and hygiene qualifications are regulated by OFQUAL, CCEA and Qualifications Wales, a recognised mark of quality and valued internationally. RSPH qualifications are taken by over 40,000 students every year, and we offer courses in locations across the country through our network of registered training providers. As a chartered organisation we are the leading provider of public health qualifications. Our food safety and hygiene qualifications will equip you with the skills you need to enhance your career.

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Related RSPH Campaigns and Policy

  • Allergies: Every year, 5,000 people with food allergies need hospital treatment for severe allergic reactions and ten die from food-related anaphylaxis. Since December 2014, takeaways have had to join other types of food business in providing accurate information on the allergens in their food, but many are still failing to do so. The 14 allergens are: cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame, sulphur dioxide/sulphites, lupin, molluscs. We called for the FSA to link the food hygiene rating scheme to allergen management.
  • Food Special Interest GroupRSPH has had a long interest in food safety culture as a means of protecting public health and is dedicated to sharing best practice. The Food Special Interest Group encompasses all aspects of food safety to provide learning and sharing opportunities in an inclusive environment for everyone with an interest in food safety to benefit from our collective knowledge and experience.

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