Basic Food Safety Course (Non-Accredited)

Do you want to learn about food safety but not need an accredited course? Do you want to save money? Do you want to do a course that is 100% online with no practical components? If so, then this could be the course for you! The Basic Food Safety course covers all of the “must know” information about food safety without any of the bells and whistles of accredited training.

Covers all the basics.

If you are planning on preparing or handling food and need to know all the basics about personal hygiene, safe food storage, cleaning, sanitising, temperature danger zones and so on, then our Basic Food Safety Course has got you covered.

Cost effective.

In Australia, all Food Handlers who prepare, serve or handle food must be trained in food safety. The Basic Food Safety course is a cost effective alternative to the nationally recognised Food Handling Certificate (Level 1) course and is a good solution for food businesses that are budget aware.

No practical component.

For nationally recognised courses such as the Food Safety Supervisor course or the Food Handling Certificate course, it is a legal requirement that course participants are observed practising food safety. We meet this requirement by asking our students to complete an Observer Report where they ask someone they work with to watch them complete various tasks. The Basic Food Safety course is non-accredited which means that there are no such requirements – and so there are no Observer Reports or practical components for this course.

Unsure about online training? There’s no need to worry. Our courses are straightforward, easy-to-follow and fun to study. We have had students from 16 to 100 years old, and we’re just an email or phone call away if you ever need assistance!

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The Basic Food Safety course is a non-accredited course that is provided as an alternative to the nationally recognised Food Handling Certificate (Level 1).

It is designed for people who prepare, handle or serve food as part of their job and meets the legal requirement that all Food Handlers in Australia are trained in food safety at a level appropriate to their work.

Course Content
The content of the course ensures that individuals are aware of their responsibilities as a Food Handler, and provides comprehensive information about personal hygiene and best practice for ensuring food safety.

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to identify food safety hazards in the workplace and know what to do if a food safety incident occurs.

The Basic Food Safety course is broken down into four interactive lessons:

Lesson 1 – Food Safety Laws & Responsibilities
Learn about food safety laws in Australia as well as the responsibilities you will have as a Food Handler.

Lesson 2 – Understanding Food Safety
Understand food poisoning – what causes it and what are the dangers involved. Also learn about food allergies and intolerances.

Lesson 3 – Maintaining a Clean Workplace
This lesson covers cleaning and sanitising, pest control, waste disposal and minimisation, and reporting requirements for cleaning and maintenance tasks.

Lesson 4 – Personal Hygiene
Understand requirements for good personal hygiene including clothing, behaviour, illness, hand washing and how to move between areas in the workplace.

The Basic Food Safety course consists of four interactive lessons.

At the end of each lesson you need to complete a multiple choice quiz. Once you have scored 100% you are able to move onto the next lesson. You have five attempts at each quiz but don’t worry if you use up all your attempts – just get in touch and we can help you out at no extra charge!

The Basic Food Safety course is non-accredited and there are no associated units of competency. Upon completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

About Accredited Training
Accredited training is sometimes referred to as Nationally Recognised Training and has been developed based on the National Training Package for the given industry. When you complete accredited training you receive a Statement of Attainment listing the units of competency attained. These may be used towards further qualifications.

If you are looking for an introductory food safety course that is accredited, we recommend that you consider the Food Handling Certificate (Level 1) course.

We’re here to help! Our most frequently asked questions about the Basic Food Safety course are listed below.

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The Basic Food Safety course is an introductory course suitable for anyone who prepares, serves or handles food in the workplace – even if this is not the main focus of their job.

It covers all the important information you need to know as a food worker including personal hygiene requirements, waste handling techniques, pest control and, of course, how to handle and store food safely.

This is a non-accredited course which has been designed for budget-conscious food professionals who do not need a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment upon completion of the course.

Accredited training is sometimes referred to as Nationally Recognised Training. When you complete an accredited course you receive a Statement of Attainment listing the units of competency that you have achieved competency in. These units of competency are recognised across Australia and can be used towards further qualifications (such as Certificate III in Commercial Cookery) or skillsets (such as Food Safety Supervisor recognition).

Non-accredited training is not recognised with the Vocational Education & Training (VET) framework. This isn’t necessarily a reflection on the quality of the course – in fact, many industries develop their own training requirements outside of the VET framework.

Food Safety First have developed the Basic Food Safety work as a cost effective alternative to the accredited food safety courses that we provide.

For our accredited food safety training courses, it is a legal requirement that our students are observed practising food safety. As the Basic Food Safety course is non-accredited, there are no such requirements and so we have decided to omit any practical components from this course.

Because of this, the Basic Food Safety course is a great choice for individuals who are looking to start a career in the food industry but who may not have any experience. It is also suitable for students living in remote areas who may not have access to the facilities required for practical demonstrations.

The course has been designed so that you can complete it at your own pace and the duration of the course varies depending on your existing knowledge of Food Safety and your English ability.

On average, most people complete the lessons and associated quizzes in less than two hours.

It’s not unusual for students to sign up and complete the course on the same day, but we do give you up to twelve months to complete everything.

Don’t forget that you don’t need to do the entire course in one go – you can log on and log off as many times as you need. Some students choose to study for half an hour each day or an hour per week until they’ve finished.