food hygiene training

Food hygiene training is an important feature of your continuous professional development if you work in a kitchen, not to mention a legal requirement if you serve, prepare, handle, or otherwise come into contact with food at work.

You might be familiar with having your workplace training delivered in a kitchen environment by a senior member of staff or other individual who can offer demonstrations to you. However, food hygiene training does not necessarily have to be completed in this way. 

In fact, a Level 1 or Level 2 food hygiene training course can be completed entirely online. This is because food hygiene training is less about demonstrations and watching what other staff do, and more about the theory behind food hygiene and helping you to develop a good understanding of why food safety is important in the kitchen.

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Why do I need to know the theory behind food hygiene training?

In order to understand why professional kitchen staff need food hygiene training, you must first understand that your actions in the kitchen at work can have a serious impact on public health. 

When you are serving food for the public to eat, you have a professional duty to ensure that the food has been cooked properly, is safe for consumption, and has been stored correctly. This means paying attention to the hygiene of your kitchen as well as the food you are serving and putting steps in place to be certain that your stock is not expired or otherwise unsafe to eat.

Serving unsafe food or preparing food in an unclean, unsanitary environment can lead to serious consequences such as food poisoning. We’ve probably all experienced mild food poisoning at some point in our lives, with an upset stomach or nausea and sickness, but severe cases of food poisoning can actually lead to hospitalisation and even death. 

For this reason, it’s incredibly important that you make food hygiene a priority in your workplace. You need to understand the theory behind why we place so much importance on food safety in order to guide your daily activities and keep in line with your professional and legal duty to protect public health.

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Who needs to teach me food hygiene training?

As previously mentioned, you don’t actually need to be trained by a senior member of staff or even have anyone demonstrate what to do in order for you to achieve a fully verifiable Level 1 or Level 2 food hygiene certificate. You can complete your training independently, entirely online, with a course such as our selection of online food hygiene training courses, which will guide you through each essential food hygiene topic in detail and then give you a short assessment to test your understanding at the end of the course.

Alternatively, at Level 3 food hygiene training and above, chefs, managers, supervisors, and any other senior members of staff might need to attend a face-to-face course. It’s recommended that at least one member of your team is trained in Level 3 food hygiene. 

Level 3 food hygiene training courses are typically completed in a face-to-face environment due to the nature of the learning and the need for demonstrations, unlike with Level 1 and 2 training.

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How long does it take to complete food hygiene training?

You’ll be pleased to know that an online food hygiene training course doesn’t take very long to complete at all. In fact, in as little as 1 to 2 hours, you can have a fully verifiable Level 1 or Level 2 food hygiene training certificate in your hands.

Why not click here now to learn more about our online food hygiene Level 2 courses for Retail, Manufacturing, Catering, and Early Years? Each of our Level 1 and Level 2 food hygiene courses can be started immediately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

However, Level 3 food hygiene training typically takes place over the course of 2 to 3 days, in a face-to-face environment. You can learn more about the next available dates for our Level 3 food hygiene training courses now by clicking here.

Is it expensive to do food hygiene training online?

One of the many benefits of completing your food hygiene training online is that you can save a lot of money. Here at the Food Hygiene Company, our online food hygiene training courses start at just £9.95 plus VAT per course, with bulk discounts available for businesses and organisations with larger teams. 

That’s a small price to pay for such an important training course, we think you’ll agree!

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How do I take food hygiene training online?

First of all, you’ll need to make sure you’re training with a reputable training provider such as us at the Food Hygiene Company. All of our online food hygiene training courses are fully verifiable and written by our team of food hygiene experts to fall in line with the most current government and industry legislation and guidance. 

That’s not to mention, we have specific courses for staff in Retail, Manufacturing, Catering, and Early Years, so you can always be sure you’re getting the food hygiene training that’s right for your role.

It’s really easy to start training with us. Simply browse our list of available courses on this website and select the course you would like to take. Add the correct number of courses to your basket (one for each individual who is taking the training) and make your purchase, then follow the simple steps to log in to your Food Hygiene Company account and start your course immediately.

We know how difficult it can be to find the time to sit down and complete a course all in one go, so that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to pause and restart each course exactly where you left off, as many times as you need to. 

At the end of your course, you’ll have to complete a short final assessment to test your understanding, and upon successful completion of this, you’ll be able to download and print your fully verifiable food hygiene training certificate. Super simple, and perfect for busy kitchen staff!

Want to learn more about food hygiene training?

For more information, please give our friendly customer support team a call on 01327 552136 or email us at help@foodhygienecompany.co.uk today. Our offices are open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.