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Which food hygiene training level should I choose?

Selecting the appropriate food hygiene training level is vital for anyone in the food industry, whether you’re a restaurant owner, chef or food handler. It’s the first step in ensuring the safety and quality of the food you handle and serve. In this article, we’ll help you navigate the options to make an informed choice.

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Choosing the right food hygiene training level

Start by identifying your role within your food-related work setting. Are you involved in preparing or serving food or perhaps you work in a supervisory role in a hotel or restaurant? Your position dictates the level of training you need. Additionally, consider the specific requirements of your industry and food handling regulations. Keep in mind that ongoing training and certification may be necessary to stay updated with evolving food safety standards.


Training level overview

Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety

  • Content: An introductory overview covering topics like maintaining clean work areas, reducing contamination and identifying key food safety issues.
  • Suitable For: Staff who don’t have direct contact with raw food, handling primarily pre-packaged/wrapped items. If unsure, consider doing Level 2 instead.
  • Roles/Sectors: Front-of-house, retail, kitchen porters and warehouse staff.

Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety

  • Content: More in-depth than Level 1, it covers principles and legal responsibilities, including personal hygiene, safe food storage, temperature control, cross-contamination prevention, effective cleaning methods and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) rules.
  • Suitable For: Those involved in food preparation and handling across various settings.
  • Roles/Sectors: Pubs, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, delis, bakeries, food manufacturing, hospitals, care homes, schools and more.

Level 3 Food Hygiene and Safety

  • Content: Building upon Levels 1 and 2, Level 3 includes detailed information on food safety control, implementing safety management systems and training others.
  • Suitable For: Supervisors, managers and team leaders in food handling businesses.
  • Roles/Sectors: Business owners, head chefs, kitchen managers, landlords, pub owners, fast-food outlet managers and takeaway supervisors.

Choosing the right food hygiene training level is crucial. Ensure your choice aligns with your role and responsibilities to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for safe food handling in any sector.

Interested in our food hygiene and safety training?

Ready to advance your food hygiene training journey? Explore our online courses, including our online Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety training or one of our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety courses, which also offer sector-specific versions tailored to your work. Download a food hygiene certificate to demonstrate your training. All our certificates are RoSPA assured, ensuring you’re well-prepared to meet food safety standards confidently.

Contact our friendly customer support team who are always ready to discuss your food hygiene training options.

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