Food Handler Certification

Food Handler training 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, training is designed to meet the needs of your staff and your customers. Steam table image

Training provides knowledge of:

  • The role of the Public Health and understanding foodborne illness
  • Understanding bacteria
  • Preventing foodborne illness
  • Personal hygiene, sanitation, pest control

For Elgin County Residents

It is recommended that anyone working in the food industry acquire Food Handler Certification.
Certification is valid in Ontario for five (5) years.

2018 Food Handler Class Schedule

There are no full-day food handler courses scheduled for the remainder of 2018. Please review the other food handler certification options listed below or check back for 2019 dates.

Other Food Handler Certification Options


    This resource is provided free by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
  2. Upon completing the training manual, contact the St. Thomas Site to write the Certification Exam ($10.00 fee; exam dates listed below): (519) 631-9900.

St. Thomas Site SWPH 2018 Certification Exam Dates

  • $10.00 fee; Photo ID required day of the exam; Registration required; Register Online  or call (519) 631-9900.
    • Monday, October 22: 10:00am - 11:00am
    • Monday, November 19: 10:00am - 11:00am
    • Monday, December 10: 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Please Note: Exam dates and Classes are subject to cancellation based on low registration numbers. Registrants will be offered guaranteed seats in other scheduled sessions.

On-Line Study Recommendations

Classroom Format

Elgin County does not provide Smart Serve Certification

For Oxford County Residents

Two ways to get your food handler training in Oxford County

Fanshawe College offers a Food Handler’s certification course in our area. Education may also be obtained online through In Good Hands. Find other Ministry approved courses on the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care’s website

About Fanshawe College’s Food Handler training

Fanshawe College training (courses are listed alphabetically). This course is run regularly in partnership with Southwestern Public Health. The cost is $50.50. The course is held over two days in Tillsonburg and Woodstock. 

In Good Hands online Food Handler training

In Good Hands offers food handler training online. There is a $25 fee for this course. There are 15 modules that you go through and a test at the end of each module. Once the course has been completed the individual needs to call SWPH Woodstock Site to set up an appointment to write the certificate exam at an additional $10 cost. You must come to your exam with a copy of the Student Achievement Report indicating your ID number. A certificate is provided upon successful completion (pass) of written exam. 

Upcoming training 

Fanshawe College Food Handler Certification Course 2018

Fee: $44.25
Woodstock Campus - Monday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 18 - 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tillsonburg Campus - Tuesday, June 12 & Thursday, June 14 - 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Food Handler Recertification Course    

Fee $28.32

Woodstock Campus - Thursday, May 24 - 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To register for Fanshawe College courses, call 519-421-0144



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