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4/23/2017 FoodSafetyCoursesProvinceofBritishColumbia

FoodSafetyCourses
Foodsafetycoursesfocusonpreparing,handlingandservingfoodsafely.Thecoursesarecompulsoryforpeopleworkinginthefoodserviceindustry.Employeesin
carefacilities(e.g.,childcareandseniorsfacilities)arenotlegallyrequiredtotakeafoodsafetycourse,butareencouragedtodoso.

Infact,anyonewhohandlesandservesfoodwouldbenefitfromlearningmoreaboutthistopic

CaringAboutFoodSafety

CaringAboutFoodSafetyisashort,selfguidedcourseaboutthesafepreparationandhandlingoffood.Offeredat
nocost,itisdesignedtoraiseawarenessaboutprotectingpublichealthbypreventingthespreadoffood
borneillness.

CaringAboutFoodSafetyisforanyonewhobuys,prepares,handlesorservesfoodtofamilyandfriends,andpeople
inworkplacesthatprovidefoodtoothers.Itwillbeusefulforpeoplewhoseclientsaremoresusceptibletofoodborne
illness,andforwhomtherearenomandatedfoodsafetytrainingrequirementssuchasoperatorsofchilddaycares
orsmall,residentialcarefacilities.

FOODSAFE

TheFOODSAFEProgramisacomprehensivefoodsafetytrainingprogramforthefoodserviceindustry.AninitiativeoftheProvinceofBritishColumbia,FOODSAFE
isdevelopedandmanagedbytheBCFOODSAFESecretariatinpartnershipwiththeBCCentreforDiseaseControl,regionalhealthauthorities,BCRestaurantand
FoodServicesAssociation,andWorkSafeBC.

Certification&ExamResults

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FOODSAFEcertificationandexamresults

FOODSAFELevel1

FOODSAFELevel1isafoodhandling,sanitationandworksafetycoursedesignedforfrontlinefoodserviceworkerssuchascooks,servers,buspersons,
dishwashersanddeliworkers.Thecoursecoversimportantfoodsafetyandworkersafetyinformationonfoodborneillness,receivingandstoringfood,preparing
food,servingfood,cleaningandsanitizing.

UndertheB.C.PublicHealthAct,theFoodPremisesRegulationstatesthateveryoperatorofafoodserviceestablishment,andatleastoneemployeeoneveryshift,
mustholdaFOODSAFELevel1certificate,oracertificatefromacourserecognizedasequivalenttoFOODSAFE.

FOODSAFELevel1isdeliveredasaneighthourfacetofaceclass,anonlineclassthroughOpenSchoolBC,orbycorrespondence(Level1only).FOODSAFE
Level1workbooksareavailableinEnglish,Chinese,KoreanandPunjabi,andtheFOODSAFEexaminationisavailableinmanyotherlanguages.

Tofindoutaboutequivalentcourses,seeFoodHandlersTrainingCoursesEquivalenttoBCFOODSAFELevel1(PDF,119KB)(BCCentreforDiseaseControl).

Note:AsofJuly29,2013,allFOODSAFELevel1certificatesissuedinBritishColumbiahaveafiveyearexpirydate.FOODSAFELevel1certificatesissuedbefore
July29,2013arevaliduntilJuly29,2018.AshortrefreshercourseisofferedthatcoversalltheessentialsoftheFOODSAFELevel1trainingprogram.Agradeof
80%mustbeachievedintheexamtoberecertified.SeeFOODSAFELevel1RefresherOverview.

FOODSAFELevel2

FOODSAFELevel2isdesignedforfoodserviceownersandmanagers,kitchenmanagers,executivechefsandotherswhoareresponsibleformanagingfood
safety.ThecoursehasashortreviewofFOODSAFELevel1,andmodulesonManagingforFoodSafetyandWritingaFoodSafetyPlan.FOODSAFELevel2is
deliveredasaneighthourfacetofaceclass,oranonlineclassthroughOpenSchoolBC.FOODSAFELevel1isaprerequisiteforFOODSAFELevel2.

MarketSafe

TheMarketSafeprogramisdesignedtoincreaseawarenessandknowledgeoffoodsafetyandsafefoodhandlingproceduresforfarmers'marketvendors,market
managers,farmgatevendors,homekitchensmallscalefoodprocessors,andotherswhomake,bakeorproducefoodproductsforpublicconsumptionoutside
regulatedfoodserviceestablishments.

TheMarketSafecourseisafivehourinteractiveclassroomcourse.ItwasdevelopedbytheBCFOODSAFESecretariatinpartnershipwiththeBCAssociationof
Farmers'Markets,andissupportedbytheregionalhealthauthorities,BCCentreforDiseaseControlandMinistryofAgricultureandLands.

FoodSafetyPlanning

TheFoodSafetyPlanningPortalforFoodProcessors,offeredbytheSmallScaleFoodProcessorsAssociations,provideseducationandsupportforB.C.processors
indevelopingfoodsafetyplans.

FOODSAFEcertificationandexamresults
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FOODSAFEcertificationandexamresults

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