Certified Food Handler Training

The Food Handler Certification program is an excellent opportunity to learn the safe way to prepare food. Whether you operate a restaurant, take-out, catering, or mobile food premises, or are working directly with high-risk groups such as children and the elderly, this one-day course is designed to meet the needs of your staff and your customers.

Online options - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

In addition to Ottawa Public Health's (OPH's) food handler training program, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has recognized other programs, including an online program called "In Good Hands", and has deemed them be equivalent to the training and certification offered by OPH.  OPH will accept certifications issued by these providers, as well as those issued from any other health unit in Ontario. 

Click here: MOHLTC approved food handler training and certification courses

 Registration process for Ottawa Public Health sessions

  1. Register online: You will need to enter the barcode or program code for the date you wish to attend. Have your credit card number and expiry date ready (Visa or MasterCard). You will need your Family PIN number and Client Barcode. If you require both Client Barcodes and Family PIN numbers, please call 613-580-2588, Monday to Friday 7 am to 7 pm (with the exception of statutory holidays) and follow the prompts.
  2. Touch Tone Telephone: Call 613-580-2588. Please have your credit card number and expiry date ready (Visa or MasterCard). You will need your Family PIN number and Client Barcode. Receipts are available upon request.
  3. In person: Visit a city of Ottawa Client Service Centre. Payments accepted by cash, cheque (made payable to the City of Ottawa), debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

As Ottawa Public Health is sensitive to participants' wide range of learning styles, courses can be adapted to ensure accessibility for all prospective students. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course: 613-580-6744 or email us at foodhandlercertifica@ottawa.ca.

In-class - Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health in Class Course Features

This certificate-based course is designed to meet the content requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Gives participants a strong knowledge of:

  • The Role of the Health Unit and Understanding Foodborne Illness
  • Understanding Bacteria
  • Preventing Foodborne Illness
  • Personal Hygiene, Sanitation, Pest control
  • Emergency Response

West locations

  • 100 Constellation Cres. Jaguar Room, Tuesdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm
  • 101 Centrepointe Dr., Saturdays, 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • 101 Centrepointe Dr., Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm

Central location

  • 110 Laurier Ave., Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm

East location

  • 255 Centrum Blvd., Orleans, Room 340, Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm
 West locations

100 Constellation Dr. Jaguar Room: Tuesdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm

2018 Dates

Program Code

December 11

1410090 - Full

December 18

1410091 - Full

2019 Dates

Program Code

January 08

1426042 - Full

January 15

1426043 - Full

January 22

1426045 - Full

January 29

1426046

February 05

1426047

February 12

1426048

February 19

1426049

February 26

1426050

March 05

1426051

March 12

1426052

March 19

1426053

March 26

1426054

April 02

1426056

April 09

1426057

April 16

1426058

April 23

1426059

April 30

1426060

May 07

1426061

May 17

1426063

May 21

1426064

May 28

1426065

June 04

1426066

June 11

1426067

June 18

1426068

June 25

1426070

July 02

1426071

July 09

1426072 

July 16

1426073

July 23

1426074

July 30

1426075

August 06

1426076

August 13

1426078

August 27

1426079

September 03

1426080

September 10

1426081

September 17

1426082

September 24

1426083

October 01

1426084

October 08

1426086

October 15

1426087

October 22

1426088

October 29

1426090

November 05

1426091

November 12

1426092

November 19

1426094

November 26

1426095

December 03

1426099

December 10

1426100

December 17

1426101

101 Centrepointe Dr., Room 1C: Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

2019 Dates

Program Code

January 03

1426103

March 07

1426104

June 13

1426106

August 15

1426108 

November 07

1426109

101 Centrepointe Dr., Council Chambers: Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

2019 Dates

Program Code

May 18

1426164

September  21

1426165

 Central location

110 Laurier Ave., Billings Room: Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

2018 Dates

Program Code

December 06

1410093 - Full

 

2019 Dates

Program Code

February 14

1426112

April 11

1426113

July 18

1426114

September 26

1426115

December 05

1426116

 East location

255 Centrum Blvd., Orleans, Room 340: Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

2018 Dates

Program Code

December 12

1410101 - Full

 

2019 Dates

Program Code

 January 16

1426117

 March 27

1426118

 May 15

1426119

 June 26

1426120

 July 31

1426142

 August 28

1426144

 October 23

1426145

Exam only
Alert: Candidates that would like to challenge the Food Handler Certification Exam must show proof of completion from one of the criteria listed below, within the last year:

2018 Exam Only Sessions

Location: 100 Constellation Drive, Nepean, Main floor

Date

Day

Time

Program Code

Boardroom

December 13

 Thursday

3 – 4:30 pm

1410113

Mustang

December 17

Monday

9 – 10:30 am

1410121

Mustang
 Re-certification

Ottawa Public Health offers re-certification to any of the following individuals:

  • Those who are currently certified from any Ontario Public Health Unit;
  • Those who are currently certified by an approved course by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
  • Those who are currently certified from any Public Health Agency from Canadian provinces and territories

Individuals meeting the above criteria may be eligible to challenge the food handler training exam. Proof of certification is required prior to re-challenging the exam. Individuals who are unable to provide satisfactory proof of certification will not be allowed to challenge the exam.

You have one calendar year from the day of your certification expiry date to re-challenge the exam. For example, if your certification expires on June 14, 2018, you can re-challenge the exam up to June 14, 2019.

If an individual meets the criteria to challenge the food handler training exam, you can attend any of the regularly scheduled Food Handler Certification Exam Only Sessions. Please follow the registration process listed below.

 Cost

French Food Handler Certification Schedule

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