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Food Hygiene Training

COVID-19 - Food Hygiene training courses suspended until further notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to suspend all classroom food hygiene courses until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation with the plan to introduce new course dates when the alert level is reduced and restrictions allow our courses to be run in a safe environment.

Basildon Council provides the CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Safety, which is equivalent to their previous CIEH Level 2 Food Safety Certificate. All staff who handle food in any business must have sufficient food hygiene training for the role they undertake.

Required levels of food safety hygiene training

The Food Hygiene Regulations [(EC) No. 852/2004] require that all food handlers must be supervised, instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters appropriate to their work activities.

It is recommended that this training takes the form of an accredited food hygiene course such as the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

It is the responsibility of the food business operator to ensure this training is in place.

The following table shows the required level of food safety training required by staff and employees in any food business...

Food Hygiene is required byTraining in the Essentials of Food Hygiene is required...Hygiene Awareness Instruction is required...Training to CIEH Foundation Certification in Food Safety Catering is required...Training to Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering and Training to  Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering
Person(s) who handle low risk or wrapped food onlyBefore starting work for the first time.Within 4 weeks of starting work (8 weeks for part time staff)  
Person(s) who prepare open, "High Risk" *** foodsBefore starting work for the first time.Within 4 weeks of starting workWithin 3 months of starting work 
Person(s)who handle food and have a supervisory role, e.g.; Chef, Unit Manager or SupervisorBefore starting work for the first time.Within 4 weeks of starting workWithin 3 months of starting workRecommended. The level of training will depend upon responsibilities

**Generally, this includes food which is cooked or ready to eat. Person(s) who handle open high risk food could include, for example - commis chef, cook, catering supervisor, kitchen assistant and bar staff who prepare food.

Training Courses -  CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Safety

Basildon Council holds regular courses for staff and employees of food businesses who want to achieve a CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Safety in Catering.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates must complete both training sessions in order to receive a certificate.

Scheduled Courses

VenueSession 1Session 2Cost
COVID-19 - Food Hygiene training courses suspended until further notice.    

Apply for a CIEH Foundation Course in Food Safety with Basildon Council

We advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

Complete and return the following application form:

You can return your completed form:

  • By Email to:
  • By Post to: Basildon Council, Environmental Health Services, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL

On receipt of your completed form, we will contact you by telephone to advise you if there are places available on the course dates you have applied for. If there are places available we will take payment for the course in advance over the phone.

Telephone payments can be made using a Debit or Credit card.

  • PLEASE NOTE: There is no surcharge for debit card or credit card transactions

Once payment has been cleared, you will be sent all the course details by email.

Basildon Council does not provide training courses for Level 3 or 4 Awards in Food Safety.

Training providers who deliver these higher level courses can be found via the Course Finder Links below: