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Food Handler Certification Training

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It is important to protect yourself and others from getting sick by learning safe food handling practices. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) offers a provincially recognized Food Handler Certification Course for those who are: interested in food safety, or are currently working in a food premises, and for those who own or manage a food premises. The course is an education program developed to increase food safety awareness in food premises such as restaurants, institutions and the community. The food handler certification training allows for participants to gain necessary life skills and also assist with future employment in the food service industry.

The goal of the SMDHU Food Handler Certification Course is 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 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.
Workshop, Self-Study or Online

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.



In Good Hands

  • Covers the same material as the workshop but allows you to work through at your own pace, in an online environment.
  • Once online portion is complete, please call to register for an exam at your local health unit office (the cost of the exam is extra, and is not included in the online course price).
Fees and Manual Options
 Training Format & MaterialsPrice
 Full Day Workshop (printed manual, thermometer & exam) $40.00
 Full Day Workshop (downloaded manual, thermometer & exam) $30.00
 Self-Study (printed manual only) $10.00
 Self-Study (exam only) - Paid at time of exam $15.00
 Self-Study (downloaded manual & exam) - Paid at time of exam $15.00
 In-Good Hands Online Course Exam $15.00
 High School (printed manual & exam) $10.00
 Re-writes (first one is included in the price) $5.00
 Replacement Wallet Card $5.00


The manual is available in English and French.

How to Register
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.

Languages Available
The Food Handler Certification Workshop is taught in English.
The manual is available in English and French.
Exams are available in English, French, Chinese, Tamil, Farsi, and Russian.
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