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Why do I need food hygiene training?

Food handlers must receive appropriate supervision, and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle food safely. Those responsible for developing and maintaining the business's food safety procedures, based on HACCP principles, must have received adequate training. The requirements for training should be seen in the context of the nature and size of the business.

There is no legal requirement to attend a formal training course or get a qualification, although many businesses may want their staff to do so. The necessary skills may also be obtained in other ways, such as through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience. The operator of the food business is responsible for ensuring this happens.

What if I'm not running a food business?

It's still a good idea to have an idea of the principles of food hygiene. Take a look at our home catering web pages to see what things you might need to know.

Where can I get some food hygiene training?

The following information lists local providers of training or contact us for advice.

Food Hygiene Training Course providers

Dudley MBC
(01384) 816671/72

Dudley College of Technology

The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4AS
Dudley College
(01384) 363000

Stourbridge College

Hagley Road Center, Hagley Road, Stourbridge. West Midlands, DY8 1QU
Stourbridge College
(01384) 344344

Halesowen College

Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3NA
Halesowen College
(0121) 602 7777

Thorns Community College

Stockwell Avenue, Brierley Hill, DY5 2NU
(01384) 816 225

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Chadwick Court, 15 Hatfields, London SE1 8DJ
CIEH Course finder and CIEH e-Learning
020 7928 6006

Where can I get further information about food hygiene training?

Please contact us and we will be able to give you specific advice about what you would like to know using any of the methods below.

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Contact Details

  • Name Food and Consumer Safety
  • Address People Directorate, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345