The Official CIFS

Food Handler Certification Course

The industry standard for Food Handler Certification in Canada. Enrol and get certified today.
Food Handler Certification Course

In Canada, Food Handler Certification is a legal requirement for many food workers. When you study online with CIFS, you can: 

  • control when and where you study
  • get certified on the same day or take your time
  • write the final exam as many times as needed
  • be confident your qualification is government-approved
  • stay up-to-date with a complimentary CIFS membership

100% online

Access the course on any device with an internet connection and complete your final exam on a computer anywhere, anytime.

Same day certification

Complete training and take your final exam on the same day (or take up to 30 days). Receive your certificate within minutes of passing the final exam.

1-on-1 support

Get help when you need it. Our team is available by phone or email to help with technical support, enrolment, payment and learning challenges. 

Nationally recognized

CIFS Certification is approved across Canada, which means there’s no need to recertify to work in different provinces or territories.

12 months of free CIFS Membership

Get regular updates and access to our entire collection of resources, including guides, checklists and videos. 

Unlimited exam attempts

There's no need to worry about not passing the final exam on the first try. You can retake the exam as many times as needed for free.

Trusted by the Canadian food industry

Booster Juice
Boston Pizza
Courtyard by Marriott
Dairy Queen
Shoppers Drug Mart
Swiss Chalet
The Keg
Tim Hortons

Course outline

Everything you need to become a Certified Food Handler, all in one course.

The Food Handler Certification Course is divided into four easy to follow modules.

Each module has a series of lessons. Throughout the course, we keep you engaged and help you retain what you’ve learned with: 

  • useful study notes and fact sheets 
  • interactive learning activities 
  • interesting videos

Our software features user-friendly navigation, requiring minimal training and quick onboarding. 

Click on the 'Play' button below to watch a demo of the Food Handler Certification course.

Module one:
Understanding food safety

Lesson 1: Understanding food contamination
Lesson 2: Food-borne illness & allergy management
Lesson 3: Food safety laws & responsibilities

Module two:
Preventing food-borne illness

Lesson 4: Personal hygiene & workplace behaviour
Lesson 5: Time & temperature control
Lesson 6: Cleaning & sanitizing
Lesson 7: Maintaining food premises & equipment

Module three:
Working with food safely

Lesson 8: Purchasing, receiving & storing food safely
Lesson 9: Preparing food safely
Lesson 10: Serving & dispensing food safely

Module four:
Managing your food safety plan

Lesson 11: Managing your food safety plan

More than just a course

CIFS Membership gives you the tools you need to implement food safety.

Common questions

Learn more about what our students ask about this course.

Are there any hidden costs?

No there are no other fees. The fee of $99.95 (plus GST/HST) includes everything you need to get certified. This includes:

Is the course 100% online?

Yes, the Food Handler Certification course is 100% online and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How long does the course take?

The online lessons and multiple choice quizzes take most people around 8 hours to complete.

Where can I complete my final exam?

We recommend completing your exam in a quiet place with no one around.

What skills do I need to complete the course?

The course content is delivered via an automated slide pack, audio narration and course handouts. This allows for us to accommodate students that prefer to learn by reading, listening or watching. 

Can you tell me more about the final exam?

The final exam has 50 multiple choice questions and a 60-minute time limit. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the exam. You have an unlimited number of attempts at writing the exam.

How do I get my Food Handler Certificate?

You can request your Food Handler Certificate immediately after completing your exam. Most students receive their documents within 60 minutes.

Do you accommodate people with special needs?

We’ve designed our course to try and accommodate for as many requirements as possible. This includes students with disabilities, or with language/literacy needs.