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Food Handler Certification Program

Food handler education is the most effective method in preventing food born illnesses. According to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Food Safety Protocol, it is highly recommended that a minimum of one operator and food handler each be certified, and at least one certified food handler be present in the food premises at all times during operation”. The Timiskaming Health Unit offers Food Handler Certification Courses designed to provide food premises operators with the basic knowledge and skills they need to comply with safe food handling and sanitation practices required by the Ministry. The course aims to compliment the ongoing promotional and inspection activities of our Health Unit.
There are three ways to become certified - full day course, home study or on-site training:
  1. Full day course: classroom workshop and examination at the Timiskaming Health Unit. Each course is approximately 5 hours long. 
  2. On-site training: workshop can be scheduled at your premises for groups of ten or more.
  3. Home study: study at home and take examination at the Timiskaming Health Unit. You can obtain our printed study guide in English at the Food Safety training locations. Self-study exams are held at our office locations by an appointment.
It is highly recommended that you review the manual prior to the course in preparation for the exam. A passing mark of 70% on the exam is required for your certificate. Certificates are valid for five years and are recognized throughout Ontario.  Study manuals are available in English and French..
 
To register for the next Food Handler Certification course call your local Timiskaming Health Unit office:
New Liskeard
705-647-4305
1-866-747-4305
247 Whitewood Ave., Unit 43
Englehart
705-544-2221
1-877-544-2221
63 Fifth Street
Kirkland Lake
705-567-9355
1-866-967-9355
31 Station Road N.
 

Other Self-Study Options that include HACCP and advanced training and currently recognized as equivalent to THU Food Handler certification:

  • TrainCan - many health units have an agreement with the TrainCan
  • Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
  • National Food Safety Training Program - by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association using the Food Safety Code of Practice
  • Ontario Independent Meat Processors - this training and examination is coordinated through the University of Guelph, Food Technology Centre
  • FoodPrep - upon successful completion of the course exam the participants are receiving a Food Handler Certificate from Toronto Public Health
  • In Good Hands - An Ontario based course proctored by Ontario Health Units
Food Handler certificate obtained from another Ontario health unit or from another recognized certification agency is valid at the Timiskaming Health Unit