Food Handler Certification

How to become a Certified Food Handler

How to become a Certified Food Handler

Food Handler Certification Program

The certificate issued by Toronto Public Health is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and other Health Units in Ontario. Those individuals who successfully pass the exam will receive a Food Handler Certificate that is valid for 5 years.

There are 3 ways to obtain your Food Handler Certificate:

Classroom Session (and Exam)

  • all courses are offered in the Toronto area.
  • instructors are Certified Public Health Inspectors.
  • course is 6 hours of instruction followed by an exam
  • classroom sessions can be arranged at your location with a minimum of 20 participants.

Please register online or by calling 416-338-7600

Exam Only (Home study)

  • exam materials are available online or can be purchased from Toronto Public Health
  • all exams are offered in the Toronto Area.

Please register online or by calling 416-338-7600

Accredited Courses

Bylaw 678-2006 acknowledges Toronto Public Health's desire to develop partnerships in delivering Food Handler Certification Programs to the Food Handlers that work in the City of Toronto. Toronto Public Health provides a list of accredited programs/companies to train and certify Food Handlers.

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Last updated May 2010