Food Hygiene Certificate in Catering - Level 1

EU regulations require that everyone who handles food in the food industry requires training. This training must be appropriate to their job role, which is what they do with food. It does not depend on how many hours they work. It is quite important to understand the recommendations regarding the level of training required.

This course is designed for people working in catering and hospitality organisations such as restaurants, hotels, fast food or takeaways, kitchens, bars, cafes, hospitals or schools etc.

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  • Food Safety in Catering
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  • City and guilds accredited
  • Instant certification
  • Easily completed
  • Industry specific
  • Satisfies legal requirements
  • Suitable for all

£17.50+VAT per course

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Who needs the level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate in Catering?

The level 1 food hygiene certificate in catering course is intended for

  • New starters in the food industry provided it is intended that they progress to a level 2 course, if it is more appropriate, later.
  • Those who handle wrapped or packaged food only (e.g. wrapped sandwiches).
  • Those who serve food without preparing it (e.g.: waiting staff).
  • Those who only handle food that is not yet ready to eat (e.g. raw meat).
  • Bar staff who serve drinks, nuts etc.

This level 1 course is accredited by City and Guilds and is an excellent introduction to working with food. It is simple, interesting and memorable and will serve as a food foundation to handling safe food.

The course is divided into 12 short sections clearly written and has full audio top help learning retention.

Course Content for the Level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate in Catering

This awareness level course (level 1) follows the industry standards and national occupational standards as set out by the industry body for catering, GoSkills and People 1st (who have now merged). It is an ideal short course for those who handle wrapped or low risk foods, or as a foundation for a progression to level 2.

The content of the level 1 food hygiene course in catering is based on an introduction and eleven further sections. At the end of each section is an activity aimed at re-enforcing the learning.

  • Introduction
  • The importance and use of correct personal protective equipment
  • Correct hand-washing techniques
  • The importance of reporting an illness
  • The importance of wound dressings
  • Good personal behaviour and individual responsibility
  • Keeping the work area clean + tidy
  • Waste disposal
  • Food safety hazards
  • Contamination and cross-contamination
  • Correct procedures for working with and storing food
  • Hazards caused by pests


About 1 hour, but can be used at the speed of the learner.


There are 20 multi-choice questions taken from a random bank of questions. Successful candidates must achieve 15 correct answers, to enable the City and Guilds certificate to be printed.


The candidates answers are marked instantly, electronically, and the City and Guilds accredited certificate can be printed from the candidate's PC or another nominated PC. Candidate results are stored in City and Guilds “Walled Garden” - the electronic database.


£17.50 + VAT per course - Multiple discounts available when buying more than 10 courses - This award also comes in the format of manufacturing and retail.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • QShould all staff start by doing a level 1 food hygiene certificate?
  • ANot really, unless you want to do a level 1 before level 2, staff should start on the appropriate course. If they handle high risk food, they should start on a level 2 course.
  • QWe only make sandwiches so a level 1 will be okay, won't it?
  • ANo sandwiches are ready to eat foods and require a level 2 training course.
  • QWhat is the difference between a level 1 food safety course and retail or manufacturing?
  • AAbout 10-15% difference. The courses highlight the particular knowledge that is required for each occupational area.
  • QI have many staff, can I receive discount for large numbers?
  • AYes, telephone us on 01293 610 478 and we will arrange this for you.
  • QI have a few staff who only works occasionally, do they need training?
  • AYes. Anyone could potentially cause a food safety problem by handling food incorrectly.
  • QQ. Will this level 1 food hygiene certificate be sufficient for audit purposes?
  • AYes, if it is an appropriate for the food you handle, it is accepted by all auditing bodies.
  • QQ. How long do I have to pass the certification?
  • AOnce you have paid your course and received your access codes, the course will be available for one year. If you do not pass the certification within this period, the course expires.

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