Food Safety Certification Training

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The Food Handler Certificate Course is designed to teach you the general principles of safe food handling. You will learn the basics of how to identify risks associated with foodborne illness and the skills necessary to handle food safely. 

Topics of discussion include:

  • Public health legislation
  • Food microbiology
  • Food protection and preparation
  • Introduction to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point procedures
  • Cleaning, sanitizing and personal hygiene

Food Handler Certificate Course

  • The food safety training is a full day (6.5 hours) course and an examination
  • The course runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
  • You are responsible for providing your own lunch
  • The class size not to exceed 25 participants
  • A course may be cancelled if there are not enough students enrolled
  • Once you've completed the course and passed the exam, you will receive a food safety certificate 
  • The food safety certificate meets the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care mandatory food safety training requirements and is recognized by all health units in Ontario

Cost and payment

  • The cost for full day food safety training is $45
  • You can pay by cash or cheque. Please make your cheque out to: North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • If you need to cancel, you must give us 24 hours notice for a full refund  


Registration is required with payment at least one week prior to course date. Please call to register:

  • North Bay Area: 705-474-1400 ext. 5553 or 5354
  • Parry Sound Area: 705-746-5801 ext. 3201


2018 Food safety certification course dates

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Location:    TBA
                 North Bay Area


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Location:    Ha's Restaurant
                 57 Ontario Street, Sundridge


Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Location:    North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
                 345 Oak Street West, North Bay


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Location:    Lakeland Long Term Care
                 6 Albert Street, Parry Sound

Re-certification and proctoring

If you've been previously certified or you've taken an online course approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care you may be eligible to challenge the food handler training exam.

The food safety exam can be written on the following dates in 2018:

  • August 13, 2018
  • September 10, 2018
  • October 1, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • December 10, 2018

Exam time and location

Exams start at 9 a.m. at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Office at 345 Oak Street West in North Bay, Ontario.

Sign up to write the exam

Call us at 705-474-1400 ext. 5400 to sign up to write the exam. The cost to challenge the exam is $20.00, paid with cash or cheque. Make cheques out to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. 

Individuals that are not able to attend a scheduled exam date or not living in North Bay may call 705-474-1400 ext. 5400 and request an alternate date, time or location.

 Other safe food handling courses


The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care also recognizes other organizations that offer food handler training and certification. 

Food handler training online

An online version of the food handler training program is available from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, through a course called "In Good Hands".  Follow the link more information about this course, the cost or to register.

North Bay
Parry Sound
Burk's Falls

345 Oak Street West


70 Joseph Street Unit #302


17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)