Food Handler Certification

  • Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit strongly encourages staff and volunteers at your organization who will be involved in the food skills program you’re offering to participate in a Food Handler Training Course.
  • The Food Handler Certification Program provides an opportunity for food handlers to learn about food safety. Food handlers learn about public health legislation, the role of the public health inspector, foodborne illness, safe food handling methods and food premises sanitation. The information allows the food handler to successfully complete the examination to obtain a food handler certificate meeting the Ontario Ministry of Health’s food handling training protocol. More importantly, the information assists the food handler in storing, preparing, cooking and serving safe to eat food.
  • The CK Public Health Unit offers a Food Handler Certificate Program FREE! This is a 9 hour course taught by a Public Health Inspector at the Health Unit.  The Health Unit offers this program on an ongoing basis or will schedule private sessions for large groups.  Please call 519-352-7270 for more information.
  • If your organization has approximately 10 staff/volunteers who want to take the Food Handlers course, a Public Health Inspector can bring the training to your facility. Please call 519-352-7270 for more information.
  • Alternatively, In Good Hands is an online comprehensive safe food handling course. The course material is delivered via the internet at your own pace, however you must complete the course within 6 weeks.  There is a cost associated with this option.  Once you have completed the online course you need to contact the CK Public Health Unit to arrange a time to write the exam to receive your certificate of completion.

Food Safety

  • Teaching your participants about safe food handling is a key component to any cooking class.
  • Highlight key food safety concepts at the beginning of the class (e.g. safe knife handling) and incorporate food safety tips throughout the class (e.g. using a thermometer to ensure food is cooked to correct temperature).
  • We recommend using Canadian resources as they will be consistent with what is taught by the CK Public Health Unit Health Inspectors.

Food Storage


Health Canada has resources such as general food safety tips (cooking temperatures, storage, use of leftovers, home canning, an interactive tool), food safety for vulnerable populations (seniors, pregnant women, young children, etc), seasonal food safety (holiday meals, summer/warm months, lunches) and food allergies. You can also find information on food recalls.

Chatham-Kent Public Health has a series of videos on food safety which can be found on their YouTube channel including topics such as turkey dinner, food poisoning, lunch box safety, how clean is your kitchen, hand washing and grocery shopping safety.