Food Hygiene Courses

Information about our Food Hygiene Courses and how to book

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • What you can expect if you attend a food hygiene course and what you will learn.
  • Standard Course Cost
  • Forthcoming Courses
  • Contact and Booking Details

To book a Food Hygiene Course please call the Food Safety Team on 01206 282581 or email customerservicecentre@colchester.gov.uk.

What I can expect if I attend a food hygiene course?

You can expect to earn a certificate that is recognised nationally. Successfully completing the one day CIEH Foundation Certificate in food safety course means you will hold the basic qualification required to work in the food trade.

We’ll also supply all the materials needed for the course. The day ends with a multiple choice exam. You will need to correctly answer at least 20 out of 30 questions to earn the qualification.

What can I expect to learn at a food hygiene course?

This introduction to Food Safety course helps you to understand the language used in food safety and the consequences of poor standards, including that it may cause food poisoning. Specifically you will learn about:

  • The Law – To understand the laws that apply to food businesses and food handlers. 
  • Food Safety Hazards – To appreciate what constitutes a food hazard and how to contain the risk of food poisoning. 
  • Taking Temperatures – To understand how to take product and equipment temperatures. 
  • Refrigeration, Chilling and Cold Holding of Food – Understand how the reduction in storage temperature will minimise bacterial multiplication. 
  • Cooking, Hot Holding and Reheating of Foods – To understand the role of heat in producing safe food. 
  • Food Handlers – To understand what is expected of you as a food handler. 
  • Principles of Safe Food Storage – To understand the importance of appropriate storage conditions. 
  • Cleaning – To understand the importance of effective cleaning. 
  • Food Premises and Equipment – To recognise the suitability of structures and equipment for use in a food business. 

Where are the food hygiene courses run?

Our one-day courses are all delivered at Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG but we are also happy to offer a custom course for your business at your premises.

If we come to you the cost is £400 for up to 10 delegates.

If you have more staff it becomes cheaper - £20 for each extra person over 10, up to a maximum of 20 on a course.

How much will the course cost?

For one of our timetable classes, the cost is £65 per person. There is a discount applied if you are a Colchester resident or you work in the borough bringing the cost down to £50 per person.

If we come to your business to deliver the training, the cost is £400 for up to 10 delegates.

If you have more attending it becomes cheaper for each extra person over 10 - just £20 each up to a maximum of 20 on a course.

Do you offer your food hygiene course in any languages other than English?

Yes, we held a Chinese language course on Tuesday 15th May 2018, the next course after this will be in 2019. 

We can also accommodate Cantonese and Bengali sessions – please contact us on 01206 282581 or customerservicecentre@colchester.gov.uk to discuss how we can best meet your business needs.

The short exam that is part of the course can also be taken orally if necessary.

When are the next course dates? 

Date Start Time & Venue Language

Tuesday 5th November 2019

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Tuesday 28 January 2020 

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Wednesday 26 February 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Tuesday 7 April 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Tuesday 12 May 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Thursday 18 June 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Tuesday 21 July 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Wednesday 23 September 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Thursday 22 October 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Tuesday 24 November 2020

9.30am - Room G3

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road,

Colchester CO3 3WG 

English

Contact Food and Safety Team

Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm (excluding public holidays). Please Note: Colchester Borough Council is committed to Customer Excellence and may record your call.

Email: customerservicecentre@colchester.gov.uk

Address:
Colchester Borough Council
Rowan House
33 Sheepen Road
Colchester
Essex
CO3 3WG

Phone: 01206 282581