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Food Handling Certificate

A Food Handling certificate (RSF ) is essential for working in a venue where food is prepared. You will be taught the skills, safe practices, principles and procedures necessary to prepare food safely. The Food Handling course covers hygiene training and basic cleaning. Whether you work in a kitchen, café, kiosk, restaurant or hotel, food hygiene and safe food handling practices will be vital part of your work in the hospitality industry. When you complete the RSF course, you will attain the Nationally Recognised Unit of Competency SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety.

The other option is the Food Safety Certificate. This program runs for a full day and includes the Food Handling Course but continues on with further information and training to ensure you comply with all the council requirements that come into effect if running, owning or managing a venue that provides, serves or prepares food.

Hygiene For Food Handlers Certificate – $95

This program provides you with the Nationally Recognised Unit of Competence:

SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety

This food handling course conducted throughout Melbourne is designed for participants involved in food preparation in the hospitality and tourism industries.

This food handling course provides basic cleaning and hygiene knowledge, skills, principles, practices and procedures for all food handlers. It is of particular benefit to food safety supervisors, chefs, cooks, food and beverage handlers, kitchen hands, kiosk attendants, café staff and food handling staff in small businesses. It covers the following subjects:

  • What is Food Safety and Why is it Important?
  • How to Identify and Assess Food Safety Hazards
  • Procedures for Controlling Risks
  • Monitor Food Safety in the Workplace

Food Safety Supervisor Certificate – $195

This course in Melbourne combines the Food Handlers Course with the Food Safety Supervisors Course in one day of training to provide applicants with following nationally recognised units of competence:

SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA002 – Participate in safe food handling practices

This nationally recognised program will deliver the above modules to instruct food handlers and food safety supervisors in their duties, responsibilities, attitudes required and relevant legislation. It covers the basic skills, knowledge and competencies required to implement food safety procedures and complete relevant documentation.

You will learn about risks involved in all processes of food production from purchasing and receiving through to distribution and delivery to customers, using HACCP procedures to identify and control food safety hazards. We will guide you through the best procedures for correctly handling food, personal hygiene, environmental hygiene, controlling the cold food chain and generally keeping food safe. We will also demonstrate the best practices to allow food safety to improve your business and reduce any hazards to your patrons.

Covers the following subjects:

  • The Victorian Food Act 1984
  • Correct Food Handling Procedures
  • Controlling Micro-organisms
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Environmental Hygiene
  • Temperature Control
  • Thermometer Use and Recording Procedures

Assessment will be a mix of demonstrations, class based activities and a test, all completed in class time.

Students who have already completed “Hygiene for Food Handlers – Level 1” can complete level 2 for only $110 (appropriate documentation must be provided).


This training is delivered by the Victorian Bar School (TOID: 3722)