Is a FOODSAFE certificate required for my job?
Refer to the BC Public Health Act: Food Premises Regulation on our Take a course page.
How will I receive my certificate?
FOODSAFE and MarketSafe certificates are issued by British Columbia’s Regional Health Authorities.
If you take FOODSAFE Level 1, FOODSAFE Level 2, or MarketSafe in BC, your certificate will be issued by the Health Authority in the community where you live. Find your local Health Authority contact.
If you take the Level 1 Refresher course in BC, your certificate will be issued by the Fraser Health Authority.
If you live outside of BC and take a FOODSAFE or MarketSafe online course through Open School BC,your certificate will be issued by the BC Branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
How long will my certificate take to arrive?
If you haven’t received your certificate 4-6 weeks after completing your course, contact the Health Authority responsible for issuing your certificate.
If you require immediate confirmation that you passed the FOODSAFE Level 1 exam before you receive your certificate, be sure to ask your instructor for a Temporary FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate before you leave the class.
If you take the FOODSAFE Level 1 course online and pass the exam, you will be able to print your own Temporary certificate.
I lost my certificate. Can I get a replacement?
You may request a replacement certificate by contacting any Health Authority office in the province.
Who can I contact with questions about my certificate?
Each Regional Health Authority has a FOODSAFE contact specific to certificates. Select your region on the map below to view their contact information.
I took a food safety training course outside of B.C. Is my certificate equivalent to B.C.’s FOODSAFE Level 1?
Check the BC Centre for Disease Control’s list of Food handler training courses that are equivalent to FOODSAFE Level 1.
Do I have to have a FOODSAFE certificate to work as a server?
The BC Health Act: Food Premises Regulation, Part 3, Division 2 – Training, Foodsafe Training 10 states that:
1) Every operator of a food service establishment must hold a certificate, issued by a health official, for the successful completion of the food handler training program known as FOODSAFE or its equivalent.
2) Every operator of a food service establishment must ensure that, while the operator is absent from the food service establishment, at least one employee present in the establishment holds the certificate referred to in subsection (1).
This means that it is not required by the BC regulation that you have a FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate in order to work as a server. However, some employers require that all their employees have a Level 1 certificate. Also, it is an advantage to have your certificate when applying for jobs.
The FOODSAFE course is about preventing the transmission of foodborne illness and also about worker safety on the job. People who prepare, serve and clean up food should take the course for the safety of the customers and also for their own safety.
To find courses in your area, search the directory found on the Courses page.
Does my FOODSAFE certificate expire?
As of July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in British Columbia have a five-year expiry date. FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013, are valid until July 29, 2018. To help FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate holders keep their food safety knowledge up to date, a short FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher course is offered online by Open School BC. The approximately three-hour refresher course covers all the essentials of the FOODSAFE Level 1 training program. A grade of 80% must be achieved in the exam to be recertified.
Where can I buy an extra Student Workbook?
Yes we do, let us know about the language required and we can provide the required workbook.
Is the Student Workbook available in languages other than English?
Yes we do, let us know about the language required and we can provide the required student workbook.