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Advice and Training – Food Hygiene Courses

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Food Hygiene Courses

Well trained staff are vital to any business and these courses aim to provide both practical food hygiene advice, as well as meet your legal responsibilities in regard to training. For people working in a catering environment the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering has been developed to address the new occupational standards in food safety and the recent changes in food safety legislation.

The training programme takes approximately 6 hours to complete and involves a series of teaching sessions followed by an examination consisting of 30 multiple choice questions.

You will need to bring a form of photo identification with you (e.g. a passport, or new style driving licence) which will be checked before you start the course. If you cannot supply a form of photo ID, your identity will need to be confirmed by a third party in person, e.g. an employer on the day.

If you cannot provide a photo ID or if there is no one who can provide third party verification you will not be permitted to sit the examination.

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Under food hygiene legislation those staff who handle or prepare open, high risk foods should receive training in food hygiene matters corresponding to their work activities. As a guide, this should be within three months of starting work.

DatesTimeSpaces available
Thursday 26 February 20159.30 - 5.00Cancelled
Thursday 19 March 20159.30 - 5.0012
Tuesday 14 April 20159.30 - 5.0015
Tuesday 23 June 20159.30 - 5.0015
Tuesday 29 September 20159.30 - 5.0015
Tuesday 23 February 20169.30 - 5.0015
Tuesday 29 March 20169.30 - 5.0015

Food Hygiene Course Syllabus

  • Food Safety Law
  • Food Safety Hazards
  • Taking Temperatures
  • Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding of foods
  • Cooking, hot holding and re-heating of foods
  • Food handlers
  • Principals of safe food storage
  • Cleaning
  • Food premises and equipment
  • Exam – Thirty question multiple choice exam.

Cost - £74.50 per candidate, £37 per unemployed candidate (proof to be supplied on day of course) inclusive of all course materials and the exam paper.

Booking - To reserve a place on a food hygiene course, please call 01462 474213. Payment can be made by cheque or credit/debit card.

Please note a booking will not be confirmed until payment has been received.

Terms and Conditions - Courses are run subject to a minimum number of bookings. A full refund will be given if North Hertfordshire District Council have to cancel a course. Cancellation or non-attendance following a confirmed booking incurs the full course fee to cover administration costs.


The course is held at the Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth. Parking is available in the multi-storey car park behind the Council offices Floors 4 and above are long stay and allow you to park all day on payment of the appropriate fee.

Courses are delivered in English, although the workbooks and the exam are available in a range of languages. Please ask at the time of booking if you would like any of these.

Candidates only need to bring themselves and a pen and paper. Lunch is not provided but tea and coffee is available.

If you have any queries about any of the information given here, please call 01462 474213 or e-mail