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Food hygiene courses

These courses aim to provide practical food hygiene advice and meet your legal training responsibilities.

Who the course is for

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

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene training course

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene has been developed to address the new occupational standards in food safety and the recent changes in food safety legislation.

The training programme takes six 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.

Training dates

Date Time Availability
Thursday 23 May 2024 9.15am - 5pm 13 places

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 handling and personal hygiene
  • Principles of safe food storage
  • Cleaning
  • Food premises and equipment
  • Exam – 30 question multiple choice exam

Courses are delivered in English and the exam paper and workbooks are written in English, although it may be possible to arrange an oral examination. Please ask at the time of booking if you would be in need of this.

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


£65 per candidate, £35 per unemployed candidate (proof to be supplied on day of course) inclusive of all course materials and the exam paper.


To reserve a place on a food hygiene course, please call 01462 474213. Payment can be made by cheque or credit/debit card. 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 Herts 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 takes place at the District Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3JF. This is located on the corner of Rowland Way/Gernon Road approached by car from Norton Road South.

Car parking is available in the multi-storey car park on Rowland Way, off Gernon Road. Floors 4 and above are long stay and allow you to park all day on payment of the appropriate fee.


If you have any queries, please call 01462 474213 or email