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Food Handler Certification Program

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:20 PM

The Food Handler Certification Course is designed to teach food handlers the general principles of safe food handling. This course will provide the food handler with:

  • The basic knowledge to identify risk factors associated with food borne illness;
  • The skills necessary to handle food in a manner that will prevent illness from occurring.

Anyone who prepares and handles food will benefit from this course.

The County of Lambton By-law No. 30 of 2010 "A By-law to Regulate the Disclosure of Food Safety Inspection Information to the Public and Regulate Mandatory Food Handler Certification" requires a certified food handler be present at a high or moderate risk food premises at all times during operation to supervise the preparation, processing, packaging, service and storage of food.


Training Options

Food Handler - Certification Class and Exam

This is a one day course and exam taught by a Certified Public Health Inspector. Class size is a maximum of 25 people. All resources and exam is included in the cost.

Food Handler - Home Study Package

Study at your own pace. The training manual and written exam is included in the cost. Clients can pickup the Home Study Package at Lambton Public after registration and payment is completed online or at the main office.

When you are ready, review the available exam dates and contact Lambton Public Health. You will be added to the scheduled exam at no cost.

Food Handler - Online Course

Earn a Safe Food Handling Certificate online. Bring proof of module completion and student achievement number (#) in order to schedule your written certification exam.


Certification Exam

Food Handler - Certification Exam

  • Participants who achieve a minimum of 70% on the food handler's exam will receive a Lambton Public Health Food Handler Certificate.
  • Food Handler Certification is valid for 5 years, and recognized by all Ontario Health Units. You will receive a certificate and a wallet card.
  • You must show valid ID prior to writing exam.

Re-Certification Options

  • If your certification has or will expire, you can challenge the exam.
  • Schedule a written certification exam at Lambton Public Health (LPH). Individuals must show proof of previous certification or had received your certification though LPH.
  • If you are unsuccessful upon completion of the exam, you will be required to register for one of the in-class, on-line, or home study training options prior to retaking the exam.

Certification is valid for five (5) years from date of issue.


Other Safe Food Handling Courses

Lambton Public Health recognizes valid food safety training certificates awarded by other Ontario public health units and certification agencies recognized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as meeting minimum requirements for the food handler training and certification. Listed below are some of the accepted training providers. For a full list please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.

Questions? Contact Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or 1-800-667-1839.