If you wish to achieve the highest Food Hygiene Rating possible, and build a successful, reputable business it is essential that all your staff understand correct food handling procedures and the risks of food poisoning.  Part of your food hygiene inspection will include questions regarding the skills and knowledge of your food handling staff.

More and more people are consulting the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Ratings website before they eat out, therefore the better the rating, potentially the more customers.

As the owner of a food business, you must demonstrate that your food production staff have the appropriate level of training.  By choosing to send your staff on our food hygiene training course you will be fulfilling your obligation.

The aim of the course

By attending our food hygiene course we aim to improve the food safety knowledge and skills of yourself or your staff.  We provide candidates with an understanding of the principles of food safety, and how to apply this knowledge to control hazards and prevent food poisoning in the business.  The course is aimed at managers, supervisors and food business owners as well as food handlers.

Our training staff are qualified Environmental Heath Officers, who have up to date knowledge and experience of food safety and hygiene issues.

You can find out course dates and book the course by calling us. Each course has places for 13 candidates, and we operate on a first come first served basis.

The course costs £65.00 per candidate, which can be paid over the phone using a debit or credit card. Cash payments can also be made at Howden House First Point. This covers all course materials, handbooks, examination costs and pass certificate. 

Course content

The course duration is 6 hours, which will normally be broken down into two afternoon sessions. You will develop an understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene, including:

  • definition of food poisoning
  • bacteria
  • prevention of food poisoning
  • personal hygiene
  • cross contamination
  • food handling techniques
  • stock control
  • design of premises
  • cleaning procedures and sterilising techniques
  • pest control
  • up to date legislation
  • food safety management systems

You will be asked to complete a short multi-choice examination paper at the end of the course. The examination is usually in written form; however a verbal test can be taken if the candidate has difficulty with written English. 


Parking is not available and you are advised to use public transport to get to our training room in Howden House. 

Results & certification

You will be notified whether you have passed or failed in writing. Examination papers are sent to the awarding body for assessing, therefore if you haven’t heard anything within a month please contact us.

When you pass you will receive a nationally recognised certificate in ‘Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering’ certified by either:

  • The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, or
  • Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance

Specialist courses

If you have difficulties with the English language, we are periodically able to offer courses taught in Chinese, Urdu and Bengali. These courses are organised when we have enough demand.

Please call us for a free quote if you require a customised block booking to suit your individual needs, including venue and dates. 

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0114 273 4415

5th Floor North
Howden House
1 Union Street

S1 2SH