Food Safety Short Courses

Catering
1HABC Level 1 Award in Food Safety in Catering
This qualification is ideal for anyone working in the catering and hospitality industry, or those about to start work in the industry. Subjects covered include an awareness of hazards and controls associated with food in catering operations, contamination prevention, temperature abuse of food and the importance of thorough cooking and rapid cooling, personal hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection.

The topics covered in this qualification are essential to the production of safe food. The HABC Level 1 Award in Food Safety in Catering is recognised internationally.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a half-day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 30 minutes. You must achieve a score of at least 10 out of 15 in order to pass.

What next?
You may progress to further qualifications, such as:

HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
2HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering
Qualification Number: 500/5485/5
Credit Value: 1

This qualification is ideal for anyone working in the catering and hospitality industry, or those about to start work in the industry. Subjects covered include hazards and controls, food safety management and temperature controls, food poisoning control, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, food pests, and the role of the food handler in keeping food safe.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering is accredited and recognised internationally.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a one-day course. However, it can alsobe achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 60 minutes. You must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30 in order to pass.

What next?
You may progress onto any of the HABC Level 3 Food Safety qualifications, which are ideal for those wishing to work in a supervisory role.
3HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering (Refresher)
This qualification is aimed at caterers and other food handlers. It is intended for candidates already working in catering who would benefit from refresher training. It reinforces your responsibilities as food handler regarding food safety, and will ensure your knowledge is up-to-date.

You must have already achieved the full Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering from an Ofqual accredited awarding organisation before you can enrol on this course.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a half-day course.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 60 minutes. You must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30 in order to pass.

What next?
You may progress onto qualifications, such as:

HABC Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering
4HABC Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering
Qualification Number: 500/5471/5
Credit Value: 3

This qualification is ideal for anyone working as a supervisor, team leader or line manager in the catering and hospitality industry. Subjects covered include microbiology, hazards and controls, food poisoning, personal hygiene, premises and equipment, cleaning and disinfection, pest management, food safety management, supervisory management, and legislation and enforcement.

The HABC Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering is accredited and recognised internationally.

How long is the course?
This qualification is obtained by taking a 3 day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed. For example, completing a quiz book (6 to 8 hours) followed by a two-day classroom-based course.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of two hours to complete. You must answer at least 40 out of 60 questions correctly.

What next?
You may progress to further qualifications, such as:

HABC Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering
5HABC Level 3 Award in Supervising HACCP for Catering
This qualification is aimed at people responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of HACCP systems. It is suitable for those owning/managing smaller food businesses to give them the underpinning knowledge to implement an appropriate food safety management system based on HACCP principles. It is intended predominantly for people already working in catering, with a sound knowledge of food safety, hazards and controls.

Subjects include the importance of a business having HACCP-based food safety management procedures in place and the processes involved such as prerequisites, process flow diagrams and determining critical control points. It also covers how to develop and implement HACCP-based food safety management procedures in a catering business and how this will vary from business to business.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a 2 day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of two hours to complete. You must answer at least 40 out of 60 questions correctly.

What next?
You may progress to further qualifications including a Level 4 International Award in Managing HACCP for Catering.
6HABC Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering
Qualification Number: 500/7327/8
Credit Value: 6

This qualification is aimed at managers working in a food or drink catering environment. It is intended for people already working in catering, or those who are preparing to work in the industry. Your role will requiresome responsibility for food safety and/or you will have management responsibilities for an operational team. This qualification covers food hygiene with a thorough knowledge of hazards and controls, and has a focus on the importance of developing, implementing and monitoring food safety procedures. Its topics are regarded by the Food Standards Agency as being important to maintaining good practice in the production of safe food.

How long is the course?
This qualification is obtained by taking a 5 day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed in two parts:

- Part one: A multiple-choice examination - Part two: A written examination where you choose four of six questions to answer
The duration of the examination is 2 ½ hours.
What next?
You may be able to apply for managerial positions in the food and drink catering industry and will also be able to progress to a Level 5 qualification, a diploma or a degree in food safety or HACCP (other prerequisite qualifications may be required in order to take this route).
7HABC Level 2 Award in HACCP for Catering
This qualification is aimed at caterers and other food handlers. It is intended for people already working in catering and those who are preparing to work in the industry, and will be especially useful for those involved in maintaining HACCP in a catering environment, and for those who are or will be part of a HACCP team.

This qualification covers the principles of HACCP including the need for a food safety management system to be in place, identifying critical control points and critical limits as well as the processes of monitoring, verification and implementing corrective actions. HACCP is regarded by the Food Standards Agency as being important to maintaining good practice in the production of safe food.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a one-day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 60 minutes.
You must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30 in order to pass.

What next?
You may progress to further qualifications, such as:

Level 3 Award in Supervising HACCP for Catering

Level 4 International Award in Managing HACCP for Catering
8HABC Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management for Caterers
This qualification covers the different roles in ensuring that food ingredients and allergensare effectively managed; common allergens and intolerances; procedures relating to the accurate communication of ingredient information, from supplier to consumer; hygiene considerations with regard to allergen and ingredient control; and procedures relating to the control of contamination and cross-contamination of allergenic ingredients.

How long is the course?
This qualification is achieved by taking a one-day course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.

How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed by a workbook.

What next?
You may progress to a Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering.