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Course overview

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Home Businesses course emphasises the importance of maintaining professional food hygiene standards in a home-based domestic kitchen business. It covers essential aspects such as hazard recognition and control, effective personal food hygiene practices and cleaning and disinfection, reducing the risk of pests, as well as an understanding of key food hygiene regulations and the components of food safety management systems.

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 also offer a discounted online Training Bundle for Food Handlers that consists of our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering and our online Food Allergen Awareness Training. This training bundle provides exceptional value for anybody in a food handling role. If you have a specific training need and would like a custom bundle of courses, please contact our customer services team.

  • Developed by food hygiene and safety professionals
  • Inline 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 home-based food businesses
  • 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

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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

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What you will learn

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Home Businesses course ensures you have the skills to fulfil your legal responsibilities and implement proper food safety practices within your home kitchen. 

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

  • Understand the importance of food safety in a home-based food business.
  • Define the term ‘food handler’.
  • Acquire knowledge about food allergens and safe storage temperatures.
  • Identify common food hazards and apply prevention measures.
  • Recognise the significance of personal hygiene in food contact and preparation areas.
  • Familiarise yourself with proper cleaning procedures for the home workplace.
  • Understand food poisoning and methods for prevention.
  • Develop effective pest control strategies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how food safety legislation applies to individuals.
  • Comprehend the principles of food safety management systems.


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1. Introduction

In this module, you’ll be introduced to fundamental food hygiene concepts and key terms like ‘food handler’. Additionally, we’ll explore the relevant legislation for food handlers and discuss the repercussions of inadequate food hygiene.

2. Common Food Hazards

This module will focus on the potential hazards encountered during food preparation. We will also cover essential topics like common allergens and the significance of understanding safe cooking and storage temperatures.

3. Virus Control

This module will explore strategies to prevent viral contamination, both on an individual level and within the broader context of food service.

4. Food Poisoning and Prevention

In this module, you’ll understand how food can become hazardous, you will also learn how to recognise common food poisoning symptoms and know preventive measures.

5. Personal Hygiene

Maintaining clean hands and wearing uncontaminated clothing are vital steps in preventing hygiene problems. This module explores appropriate cleaning methods and emphasises the timing of personal hygiene maintenance. It also covers additional aspects like protective clothing and hygiene guidelines.

6. Cleaning and Disinfection

In this module, we look at the use of cleaning fluids and related materials which are essential for maintaining a safe food environment. This module also covers the significance of cleaning schedules and a systematic stage-by-stage cleaning process.

7. Pests

This module will examine common pests and strategies to minimise the risk of infestation.

8. HACCP and the Law

In this module, we look at the topic of food safety management to ensure potential food hazards are well managed. This module will assist you in meeting your legal obligations and provide instruction if you fail to meet these obligations.

Who is this course for?

  • Home-based meal preparation businesses
  • Small scale home-based food service businesses
  • Home bakeries
  • Private chefs

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Home Businesses course is suitable for all individuals who prepare food from home for sale to the general public.


This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Home Businesses course is assured by the 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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Should I get a food hygiene certificate for my home-based food business?

Yes, if you’re making money from the food you prepare at home and have registered as a business. In addition to the required training, your home food business needs to be registered with your Local Authority.

Do I need a food hygiene certificate to sell cakes?

If you’re selling cakes on an occasional basis, you don’t need a food hygiene certificate. However, if it’s part of a business venture, you will need to follow the guidelines; although while it’s not legally required, training helps you comply with UK food laws.

Do I need a food hygiene certificate to sell sweets?

Selling sweets is similar to selling cakes. If you’re a registered confectionary business, it’s good practice to demonstrate compliance with food safety laws by taking food hygiene training, even if you sell packaged sweets from home. If you’re only selling sweets on a small scale and not for profit, a food hygiene certificate is not required.

Will I be able to prove I have passed the food hygiene course to any potential customers? 

Yes, after course completion, you will receive a downloadable certificate, which you can print out, display and show potential customers.  

How it works

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Add the course(s) to the basket, check out and pay

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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