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Food Handler Certification Program

Food Handlers

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit offers food handler certification courses and exams in Haldimand and Norfolk counties to help promote safe food handling within the food service industry. Food poisoning can seriously damage the reputation of your establishment and directly affect your business. Learning and adapting the skills taught in this course will help protect your business and the health of your customers.

Course Description

This full-day course is designed to help familiarize staff with safe food handling practices and skills that ensure food is stored, prepared, and served in a manner that is in compliance with the Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

At the end of the course, participants will write a food safety certification exam. Those individuals who successfully pass the exam will receive a Food Handler Certificate from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit that is valid for five years. This certificate is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and other Health Units in Ontario. Those who wish to study on their own time may challenge the Health Unit food safety certification exam without taking the full-day course. See below for a list of ‘exam only’ dates and locations.

A registration form must be completed and submitted in advance by individuals wishing to register for the full-day course and also those wishing to only challenge the exam as spaces are limited.

An online food handler course is also available at www.ingoodhands.ca. Upon completion of the online course, you must still write the certification exam in person at one of the exam dates and locations listed below.

Food Handler Certification Program Registration Form

2018 Fees

1 day Course

  • $52.00

Exam Only – Includes Manual

  • $25.00

Exam Only – Self Study

  • $10.00
  • Download and study the FREE PROVINCIAL FOOD HANDLER TRAINING MANUAL. This resource is provided free by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
  • Upon reviewing the training manual, contact the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to register for the Certification Exam by choosing an exam date listed on the Food Handler Certification Program Registration Form.

NOTE: Please make cheques payable to Norfolk County

IMPORTANT: Please bring proof of identification with you to the exam.

Full-day course – locations and dates

Location Date Time

Caledonia Public Library
100 Haddington St.
Caledonia , ON N3W 2N4
(Use Arena Entrance)

February 13, 2018
May 29, 2018
November 16, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Grandview Lodge
657 Lock St. W. Dunnville, ON N1A 1V9
Auditorium

October 30, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Simcoe:
Health & Social Services Dept. 

12 Gilbertson Dr.
Simcoe , ON N3Y 4L1

February 6, 2018
April 24, 2018
June 26, 2018
September 25, 2018
October 30, 2018
December 4, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Caledonia Public Library
100 Haddington St.
Caledonia , ON N3W 2N4
(Use Arena Entrance)

Date:

February 13, 2018
May 29, 2018
November 16, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Grandview Lodge
657 Lock St. W. Dunnville, ON N1A 1V9
Auditorium

Date:

October 30, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Simcoe:
Health & Social Services Dept. 

12 Gilbertson Dr.
Simcoe , ON N3Y 4L1

Date:

February 6, 2018
April 24, 2018
June 26, 2018
September 25, 2018
October 30, 2018
December 4, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exam only - locations and dates

Location Date Time

Caledonia: Health Unit
282 Argyle St. S.
Caledonia, ON N3W 1K7

June 7, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 5, 2018
July 26, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 30, 2018
September 13, 2018
November 29, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Dunnville:
Health & Social Services Dept.
117 Forest St. E.
Dunnville, ON N1A 1B9

October 4, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Simcoe:
Health & Social Services Dept.
12 Gilbertson Dr.
Simcoe , ON N3Y 4L1

June 7, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 16, 2018
September 6, 2018
November 8, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Caledonia: Health Unit
282 Argyle St. S.
Caledonia, ON N3W 1K7

Date:

June 7, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 5, 2018
July 26, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 30, 2018
September 13, 2018
November 29, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Dunnville:
Health & Social Services Dept.
117 Forest St. E.
Dunnville, ON N1A 1B9

Date:

October 4, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Simcoe:
Health & Social Services Dept.
12 Gilbertson Dr.
Simcoe , ON N3Y 4L1

Date:

June 7, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 16, 2018
September 6, 2018
November 8, 2018

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

To register, mail or drop off your completed Food Handler Certification Program Registration Form with the appropriate fee to any Health Unit office location. For more information, contact the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit at 519-426-6170 Ext. 3231 or 905-318-6623 Ext. 3231 or email environmentalhealth@hnhss.ca.