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How long does a food hygiene course take to complete?

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You need to set aside time for food hygiene training to fulfil the legal requirements if you work around food. But exactly how much time does a food hygiene training course take to complete, and do you need to close the business in order to attend one?

Food Hygiene Training

Here at the Food Hygiene Company, we specialise in…yes, you guessed it: food hygiene training! Our dedicated team of food hygiene experts knows a thing or two about which level of training you need in your role, the legal requirements surrounding food safety in the United Kingdom, and how long it takes to complete each level of food hygiene training.

In many cases, it’s unlikely you’ll need food hygiene training up to Level 3 unless you work in a managerial or supervisory role. For most food handlers who work in Catering, Retail, and Manufacturing, a Level 2 course should cover your training requirements.

However, we always advise you seek advice from your local authority if you’re unsure about which training you need. Alternatively, you can contact our friendly customer support team here at the Food Hygiene Company, by giving our office a call on 01327 552136 or by emailing us at help@foodhygienecompany.co.uk.

Because we’re all about time-saving solutions though, here’s some useful information to help you get started.

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Level 1 Food Hygiene Training

Time taken to complete: Typically, around 1 hour for an online course such as Level 1 Food Hygiene Training.

Basic food hygiene training such as our Level 1 course is suitable for staff or volunteers who work in a food-related role but do not handle or prepare raw food. This would include waiting staff, for example, or food delivery drivers and checkout staff.

You can get a Level 1 food hygiene training certificate online in as little as an hour if you take our excellent Level 1 Food Hygiene Training course.

Please click here to view the course page and add the desired quantity to your basket now for immediate 24/7 access.

Level 2 Food Hygiene Training

Time taken to complete: Typically, between 1 and 2 hours for an online course such as Level 2 Food Hygiene Training.

If you handle or prepare food in your workplace, you have a legal duty to take Level 2 food hygiene training. This course is suitable for a majority of roles within the Retail, Catering, and Food Manufacturing industries. We even have a dedicated training course for Early Years staff who prepare food for Under 5s.

You can get a Level 2 food hygiene training certificate online in as little as 1 to 2 hours if you take our excellent Level 2 Food Hygiene courses.

Please click here to view our selection of courses now and add the desired quantity to your basket for immediate 24/7 access. Be sure to select the course that is most suited to your role.

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Level 3 Food Hygiene Training

Time taken to complete: Typically, a 2-day face-to-face course (10+ hours of training).

It is recommended that all food environments should have at least one person trained to Level 3 food hygiene. Due to the in-depth nature of this training, this course must be taken in a face-to-face environment and there is no online option.

We deliver 2-day face-to-face Level 3 food hygiene training courses accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and led by professional trainers.

Please click here to view more information about our Level 3 food hygiene training courses.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01327 552136 to find out our available training dates.