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Course overview

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course offers an in-depth look at food hygiene to help you fulfil your food safety responsibilities in a catering role. It covers the best practices and principles of food hygiene, how to control food hazard risks, virus control methods, food safety hazards and cross-contamination, how to prevent pest infestations, personal hygiene and cleanliness, food storage and temperatures and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

We recommend complementing this course with our online Food Allergen Awareness Training. It delves deeper into the nuances of food allergies and allergens, offering comprehensive insights that are essential for ensuring optimal food safety and customer wellbeing.

We offer a discounted online Training Bundle for Food Handlers that consists of this course and our online Food Allergen Awareness Training. We also offer an online Training Bundle for Hospitality which consists of this course and our online Fire Safety Awareness Training. Both bundles provide exceptional value for anyone in a food handling or hospitality role. If you have a specific training need and would like a different custom bundle of courses, please contact our customer services team.

Most food industry workers will need this course if they work in a workplace kitchen. It is suitable for all non-supervisory food handlers in the catering industry.

  • Developed by food hygiene and safety professionals
  • In line with the latest food handling legal requirements
  • Assured by RoSPA and accredited by The CPD Group
  • Accepted by Local Authorities
  • Specific food hygiene scenarios and content for catering roles
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Fully online and instant access 24/7
  • Use any device with internet access
  • Stop and restart at any point
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Free retakes if needed
  • Manage and track your course progress if you coordinate team training

Bulk buy discounts

Number of courses: Price per course (excl VAT)
1 to 9 £15.00
10 to 19£13.50
20 to 49£12.75
50 to 74£12.00
75 to 99£11.25

Volume discount applied at checkout

What you will learn

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course will familiarise you with the significance of maintaining high food hygiene standards in a catering environment. It also ensures compliance with legal requirements for food safety.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Be capable of identifying common food hazards and implementing prevention measures.
  • Have knowledge of food hygiene and food safety concepts.
  • Comprehend the significance of personal hygiene in food handling and food preparation areas.
  • Be familiar with various cleaning and disinfection methods and their workplace applications.
  • Understand the causes of food poisoning and methods to prevent it.
  • Possess the skills to prevent pests in a food-related environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate your understanding of how food safety laws and legislation apply to individuals in the workplace.


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1. Introduction

This module introduces fundamental food hygiene concepts, key terms, relevant legislation for food handlers and discusses the consequences of poor food hygiene and the benefits of good practices.

2. Common Food Hazards

In this module, you’ll explore food preparation hazards, including the four main hazard groups, bacteria and their risks, common allergens and safe cooking/storage temperatures.

3. Virus Control

This module will focus on preventing viral contamination, addressing both individual practices and their broader impact on food service.

4. Food Poisoning and Prevention

Food poisoning can be a threat to life. If you work in food preparation, it’s crucial to understand how food can become hazardous, recognise common symptoms of food poisoning and employ preventive measures.

5. Staff Hygiene

Maintaining clean hands and uncontaminated clothing is a significant step in preventing hygiene issues. This module will cover the appropriate cleaning methods and highlight the importance of personal hygiene at the right times. Additionally, you’ll learn about other factors like protective clothing and staff hygiene rules.

6. Cleaning and Disinfection

This module focuses on effective methods for cleaning and disinfecting areas where food is prepared and stored. Proper use of cleaning fluids and materials is essential for ensuring a safe food environment. The module also covers the significance of cleaning schedules and a staged cleaning process.

7. Pests

Pests can pose health hazards. This module will examine common pests and strategies to mitigate the risk of infestation.

8. HACCP and the Law

During inspections, the inspecting officer will expect to find current, accurate records of your food safety practices and assurance that potential hazards are effectively managed. This module will guide you in meeting your legal obligations and provide insight into the penalties you may face for non-compliance.

Who is this course for?

  • Café and restaurant staff
  • Staff that work in hospitals, care homes and schools
  • Pubs, bars and hotel staff
  • Staff who work in workplace kitchens
  • Staff who work in fast-food outlets and takeaways
  • Charity and volunteers working with food
  • Mobile food van and food stall staff

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course is suitable for food handlers in all disciplines of the catering sector. We also offer specialised online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety courses that focus on different sectors, such as early years and childminders, manufacturing and more.


This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course is assured by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in food hygiene best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 2 years as food hygiene and safety guidance does change. You should update your food hygiene and safety knowledge and skills regularly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need training to run a catering food business?
Yes, it’s necessary for all staff involved in food preparation or handling in a catering environment to receive proper training for their specific roles and they should be able to demonstrate this when inspected. For many businesses, the easiest and most cost-effective method for this training is through online courses.
Is it legally required to have a food hygiene certificate?
No, having a food hygiene certificate is not a strict legal requirement. However, UK regulations do specify that anyone working with food must show they have received training, either through on-the-job learning or self-training. You or your employer can maintain a record of any certificates you’ve obtained, which can be presented to anyone asking about your training.
Will this online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course meet all the inspection needs?
The online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course offers the right training for safely handling food in the catering industry. Having a completion certificate should show that you or your staff have the knowledge needed to work safely in catering. Keep in mind, though, that training is just one aspect of inspections. You should also be aware of your other responsibilities. Your Local Authority can provide more details on their specific requirements.
Do I need a food hygiene certificate to sell tea and coffee?
Whether you’re selling hot beverages from home, a mobile van or a café, you must register as a food business. While a food hygiene certificate isn’t mandatory, it’s recommended to show compliance with current food hygiene practices.

How it works

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Work through the course modules at a time convenient for you

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Complete the final multiple-choice assessment

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Download your certificate on completion