Peel Public Health offers a Food Handler Certification course (PDF) for food premises operators and staff. In this course, you will learn about safe food handling practices and prepare for the Food Handler Certification Exam. Learning safe food handling practices will help you to protect yourself and others from becoming sick from food or drink. After passing the exam, you will receive a wallet-size Food Handler Certificate that is valid for five years. Full-size certificates are no longer available.
There are three ways for you to prepare for the exam.
- Full-day classroom course: In the class, instructors will review the information in the study guide and answer any questions you have about handling food safely. Before you come to the class, we recommend that you read the study guide and answer the study questions at the end of each chapter. The certification exam will take place at the end of the class.
- Self study: The student studies for the exam on his or her own and registers in one of the available exam dates to complete the certification process. You have the option of purchasing the study guide and completing the study questions at your own pace. The study guide has all the information you need to successfully pass the exam.
- “In Good Hands” Food Safety Certification Course (offered online): In Good Hands is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a food safety course that meets the requirements for Food Handling Certification. It is available online, covers the same material as the course offered by the Region of Peel and provides the opportunity to work through the course at your own pace. The course consists of 15 modules on food safety. Once you have completed all of the modules and quizzes, you must separately register and pay for the exam only option offered by the Region of Peel to complete the certification process.
If you would like more information or would like to register for the online portion of the course, go to ingoodhands.ca. Please note, the fee for the online course does not include the fee for the Region of Peel exam.
How to register
You can register for the Food Handler Certification class or exam in person at the following Access Peel locations:
*If paying by cheque or money order, please make payable to: Region of Peel.
There are no refunds of fees.
Collection of Personal Information
Personal information is collected under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.5. This information will be used to administer Peel Region's food safety training program for food handlers, to facilitate inspections of food premises, program planning and evaluation. Questions about this collection may be addressed to the Manager, Environmental Health, Support Programs, 7120 Hurontario St., P.O. Box 669, Mississauga ON L5M 2C2
The Food Handler Certification classroom course is taught only in English. The study guide and exam are available in English, as well as these other languages:
- Chinese (simplified)
If you would like a Study Guide in a language other than English, you can purchase one when you register in person at Access Peel or the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Scroll up for contact details How to register. You will need to call before registering for the course to ensure your translated study guide is available for pickup at the location.
If you would like an exam in a language other than English, please let your instructor know when you attend the course or exam.
Class and exam dates and location
All courses/exams will take place at the Region of Peel building located at 7120 Hurontario St. in Mississauga (MR2-351 unless otherwise noted).
Clients are asked to be considerate of others and refrain from using or wearing scented products when in class or taking the exam.
*Please note, space in the classes is limited. Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to check availability of course date.
Food Handler Certification Course Schedule 2019
|Full-Day Class and Exam Dates
8:15 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.
|Home Study Exam Dates
8:45 a.m. (approximately 1 hour)
|Thursday January 3
||Wednesday January 9
|Thursday January 10
||Tuesday January 15
|Thursday January 17
||Thursday January 24
|Wednesday January 23
||Wednesday January 30
|Thursday January 31
||Tuesday February 5
|Wednesday February 6
||Tuesday February 12
|Thursday February 14
||Wednesday February 20
|Thursday February 21
||Thursday February 28
|Wednesday February 27
||Wednesday March 6
|Thursday March 7
||Thursday March 14
|Wednesday March 13
||Thursday March 21
|Wednesday March 20
||Wednesday March 27
|Thursday March 28
*Home Study Exam in MR2-421
|Food Handler Certification Options
|Food Handler Classroom Course (one day course) with Exam
|Food Handler Certification Home Study (Exam + Study Guide)
|Food Handler Certification Home Study (Exam Only)
|Food Handler Certification Study Guide (Materials only)
|Food Handler Certificate reprint (wallet cards provided; full-size certificates no longer available)
For more information on the Food Handler Certification course or exam, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.