Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training Enquire Now What is Food Hygiene? Food hygiene refers to the measures and conditions necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption. Proper food hygiene practices prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants, ensuring that the food we consume is safe and won’t cause illness. What is a Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate? A Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, often known as a Food Safety Certificate or Hygiene Certificate Level 2, is a recognized qualification in the UK that indicates an individual has completed training and has an understanding of basic food hygiene practices. This is vital for anyone involved in the preparation, manufacturing, or selling of food. Holding a Food Hygiene Level 2 certification demonstrates that an individual or business is committed to maintaining high standards of cleanliness and safety in their food handling procedures. Why is Food Hygiene Training important? For businesses involving food handling in any capacity, there’s not just an ethical, but a legal mandate to ensure food safety and hygiene. The Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005 underline this obligation. The Level 2 course in food safety and hygiene fortifies your staff with both the theoretical foundation and hands-on skills essential for responsible food handling. Who is required to have Food Hygiene training? Anyone with job roles encompassing food handling – from preparation and manufacturing to selling – should be trained. This notably includes: Chefs School cooks Workers in fast-food outlets and takeaways Café personnel Independent bakers … and many others. While Level 1 certification targets those in the vicinity of food preparation or service, Level 2 is tailored for those directly engaging with food items. This training will: Familiarize your team with their legal obligations related to food safety. Impart the right techniques for safe food handling, storage, and preparation. Do I need to already have the Level 1 certificate? No. The core principles covered in Level 1 are also addressed in Level 2. Thus, enrolling staff directly in Level 2 is efficient and meets all essential criteria. Is Level 3 also necessary? Regular staff typically don’t require Level 3. It’s more relevant for those in leadership roles like restaurant managers, catering heads, pub landlords, street-food vendors, and business proprietors. What do you learn on the course? On a Food Hygiene Course Level 2, participants delve into essential topics, including the principles of food safety, risks associated with mishandling food, and the best practices for ensuring food remains safe to consume. The training covers: The importance of food hygiene and its impact on public health. Identification of food safety hazards and understanding how foodborne illnesses occur. Detailed understanding of UK food legislation and the responsibilities of food handlers. Practical insights into the 4 Cs of food safety: Cleaning, Cooking, Cross-contamination prevention, and Chilling. Case studies and real-world scenarios for practical application of the learned principles. What does the course cover? An introduction to food safety and hygiene An overview of exactly why upholding food safety standards is so important. Topics covered include common terminology used and what each term means in plain English. The science behind food hazards, contamination and illnesses A run-through of different food-borne illnesses and their causes, with easy-to-understand science to illustrate how they work – from salmonella and norovirus to mycotoxins, parasites, pests and more. Food legislation A summary of food-related law that the UK has in place to prevent contamination and the development of food-borne illnesses, from harvesting right through to consumption. We will also outline the legal responsibilities of businesses and workers themselves. The 4 Cs of food safety Outlining the correct ways to approach the following: Cleaning – ensuring surfaces and utensils are cleaned before and after Cooking – making sure that all food is cooked thoroughly before serving, especially meat, poultry and fish Cross-contamination – as in, preventing it, by washing hands properly, keeping raw foods away from cooked foods, using fresh surfaces and utensils as necessary and more Chilling – letting cooked food cool down before refrigerating it (thereby preventing the development of harmful bacteria) and ensuring that foods are stored at optimal temperatures The course breaks these elements down into great detail and provides staff with instruction on the approved methods for each. How Long is the course? Typically spanning 2 to 3 hours, the duration may vary based on group size. Is there an assessment? A test concludes the course. Achieving a score of 75% or above is mandatory for passing. Do we receive certificates? All successful participants receive a printed certificate. How long does a Food Hygiene certificate last? Although these certifications don’t technically expire, we advocate for a renewal every three years to stay updated with evolving standards and legislations. Some businesses might have specific recertification timelines, such as biennially. Where are the courses held? Our preference is to conduct sessions at your premises, offering a familiar environment for trainees with pertinent examples. However, if required, we also host sessions at our nationwide training centres. How much is the course? We are confident that we can offer you a competitive price for convenient, tailored safety training. Talk to our friendly team today on 0808 164 9690 and see how we can help you take better care of your team. All prices exclude VAT. Upcoming Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Courses Course Name & Location Individual price Group price Duration Date Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – Liverpool Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 17/12/2023 Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – Newcastle upon Tyne Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 18/12/2023 Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – Leeds Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 19/12/2023 Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – Birmingham Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 28/12/2023 Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – Bristol Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 29/12/2023 Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 Training – London Individual price: £195 Group price: £445 Duration: 1 day Date: 30/12/2023 Or view our Training Locations to find a course near to you Interested? 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Food Hygiene FAQs What is the range of food hygiene ratings? In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) operates the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), which rates food businesses on a scale from 0 to 5: 0 (Urgent Improvement Necessary): Major non-compliance with food safety regulations. 1 (Major Improvement Necessary): High level of non-compliance with food safety regulations. 2 (Improvement Necessary): Some non-compliance with food safety regulations. 3 (Generally Satisfactory): General compliance with food safety standards, with some areas that require attention. 4 (Good): Good compliance with food safety regulations, with only minor areas for improvement. 5 (Very Good): Very high compliance with food safety regulations. How to get a food hygiene rating? A food hygiene rating is typically assigned to a food business following an inspection by local authority food safety officers. During this inspection, officers will assess: How hygienically the food is handled, prepared, cooked, and stored. The physical condition of the business, including cleanliness, structure, and layout. How the business manages ways of keeping food safe, while looking at processes, training, and systems in place. Following the inspection, the business is provided with a rating from 0-5 based on the findings. How to get a 5-star food hygiene rating? Achieving a 5-star food hygiene rating requires demonstrating exemplary practices in food safety and hygiene. Steps include: Training: Ensure all staff are trained in food hygiene and safety. Documentation: Keep detailed records of your food safety management system. Cleanliness: Maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule and ensure all areas are kept tidy and sanitary. Safe Food Storage: Store raw and ready-to-eat foods separately, and maintain the correct temperature for refrigerated and frozen items. Regular Audits: Conduct self-audits and remedy any identified issues immediately. Stay Updated: Regularly review and update food safety practices to comply with current regulations and best practices. Is a food hygiene rating of 3 bad? A rating of 3, labelled as “Generally Satisfactory,” indicates that the business is largely compliant with food safety regulations, but there are areas that require improvement. While it isn’t considered “bad,” businesses should aim for higher ratings to ensure maximum food safety and build trust with customers. How often are food hygiene inspections? The frequency of food hygiene inspections in the UK depends on the potential risk posed by the business. High-risk businesses, like restaurants, might be inspected every 6 months to a year. Lower risk businesses, such as small retailers, might be inspected less frequently, possibly every 2 to 3 years. However, local authorities can conduct inspections more frequently if they have concerns or if there have been complaints about the business.