FOODSAFE is British Columbia’s food safety, handling and sanitation training. The Level 1 program equips foodservice workers with the knowledge and skills to apply proper food handling and preparation techniques and to follow appropriate safety measures to prevent food-borne illness.
The FOODSAFE program was jointly developed by the BC Ministry of Health, BC CDC, local Health Authorities, businesses, and educators.
The FOODSAFE Level 1 by Distance Education is the only learning option that doesn’t require internet access or classroom attendance, with exams available in ten languages.
FOODSAFE BY DISTANCE EDUCATION IS IDEAL FOR YOU IF:
- You want to learn at your own pace
- English is your second language (our exams are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog)
- You live in a remote area with limited internet access
FOODSAFE BY DISTANCE EDUCATION IS IDEAL FOR YOUR GROUP IF:
- You are an employer who wants a flexible schedule to train new staff
- You are a teacher supporting a group of students with different learning styles
Follow these 5 Easy Steps:
Select the FOODSAFE Level 1 Distance Education Registration Form that applies to you, read the instructions, complete and return to us via mail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual Registration Form – English
Organizations with Multiple Students Registration Form – English
Supported Languages Registration Form – Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean and Punjabi
Supported Languages Registration Form – Farsi, Japanese, Spanish, and Tagalog
Once registration has been processed, the following materials will be sent to you:
- Course Textbook
- Activity Book
- Course Video Resource on USB (if ordered)
- Invigilator Request Form
- Payment Receipt
Once you have received the materials, complete the Invigilator Request Form provided in your package and return via mail or email at email@example.com
The exam materials will be mailed to the Invigilator
Once we process the Invigilator Request Form, we will mail the exam materials to the Invigilator.
Please note that it may take up to 5 business days to process the Invigilator Request Form upon receiving it.
Writing the exam
You have 6 months to study the material before you must take the final exam.
When you are ready to take the exam, schedule an appointment with your Invigilator, who will provide you with the exam materials.
You will take the exam in person under supervision of the Invigilator.
The exam will be a closed book exam with 50 multiple choice questions.
The invigilator will mail the completed exam to our office for marking.
You will be notified of your grade once the exam is marked. A passing grade of 70% is required for certification.
If a passing grade is achieved, you will be provided with a Congratulations Letter as proof of certification while you wait for the Health Authority to issue your certificate. Your certification is valid as of the date your exam was marked and graded.
Please note that it can take up to 4-6 weeks before you receive the certificate from the Health Authority.
Students who did not pass the exam may retake the exam for a fee of $25.00 + GST.
Please submit the Exam Re-Write Form to request a re-write.
Q1 – HOW MUCH DOES THE CERTIFICATION COST?
The individual FOODSAFE by Distance Education course fee is $95.00 + $15.00 shipping & handling + GST. Included are:
- Activity book
- Video resources (USB)
- Exam and certificate
Companies registering more than one employee are eligible for course fees of $80.00 as well as bulk shipping and handling costs with the purchase of at least one USB.
Q2 – HOW LONG DOES THE DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE TAKE TO COMPLETE?
The course must be completed within 6 months of registration.
2-month extension available for $25.00. Re-registration is subject to the full course fee.
Q3 – DOES THE FOODSAFE CERTIFICATION EXPIRE?
FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in BC are valid for 5 years.
Individuals may take a three-hour FOODSAFE Level 1 Online Refresher course prior to certificate expiration and achieve a grade of 80% in the exam in order to be re-certified. The refresher is available online only through Open School BC.
Individuals whose certificate has expired must re-take the FOODSAFE Level 1 course in order to be re-certified.
Q4 – WHAT ABOUT COURSE REFUNDS?
Course materials must be returned complete and in their original condition and received back at go2HR within 30 days in order to receive a full refund minus the cost of shipping & handling.
Q5 – I HAVE LOST OR MISPLACED MY CERTIFICATE
You may request a replacement certificate by contacting any Health Authority office in the province.
Q6 – I AM LOOKING FOR AN ONLINE OR CLASSROOM FOODSAFE COURSE
Q7 – I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS
If you have further questions about the FOODSAFE Level 1 by Distance Education course, please contact us using the form below or at firstname.lastname@example.org