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Food Service Operators

Food Handler Certification Training

It is important to protect yourself and others from getting sick by learning safe food handling practices. We offer a provincially recognized Food Handler Certification Course with a goal to train individuals, who prepare and/or serve food to the public, to become responsible food handlers by using safe food handling methods and to promote worker health and safety.

The objectives of our program are to:

  • emphasize food safety in a fast-paced, growing industry;
  • prevent food-borne illness;
  • protect the public and workers from harm;
  • apply safe procedures for receiving, storing, preparing and serving food; and
  • reduce common errors in handling potentially hazardous foods.

Food service premises, including special event vendors, are required to have at least one food handler on site for every hour of operation.

Full day workshop

  • Opportunity for new or current food handlers to meet their peers and share their experiences.
  • An interactive way of learning with a Public Health Inspector as a facilitator.
  • Several locations, dates and times.
  • Same day exam.
  • Maximum 20 participants, so registration is required.
  • Pre-registration and payment is required by visiting your local SMDHU office (except 80 Bradford Street, Barrie).


  • Prepare at your own pace.
  • Download the manual or visit your local SMDHU office (except 80 Bradford Street, Barrie).
  • Once you are ready, you will need to call and register for an exam.

Other programs recognized by the Ministry of Health

Programs offered by other health units

Training Format & Materials

Effective March 1, 2019

Price (incl. tax)

Full day workshop (manual, thermometer, and exam)
Full day workshop (downloaded manual, thermometer, and exam)
Self-study (manual only)
Self-study (exam only) - paid at time of exam
Self-study (downloaded manual and exam) - paid at time of exam
In-Good Hands online course exam
High school (manual and exam)
Re-writes (first one is included in the price)
Replacement wallet card
Workshop: List of dates, times, locations, and directions to register.
Exam: List of dates, times, and locations to register.
Online: In Good Hands.
Please note:

Currently cash is the only payment method accepted.

There are no refund of fees.

After passing the exam, you will receive a wallet-sized Food Handler Certificate that is valid for five years in the Province of Ontario. Full-sized certificates are no longer available. 

We do reserve the right to cancel any exam/workshop.

Manuals are available in English and French

All Food Handler Certification workshops are taught in English.

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