The Official CIFS

Food Handler Certification Course

The industry standard in your province for Food Handler Certification – become recognized and Government-approved in your city and across Canada.

CIFS Food Handler Certification Course

Valid in Your Province & Canada Wide

Recognized in your province and throughout Canada. You'll be a certified Food Handler across Canada for 5 years.

100% Online

Study anywhere, from any device with an internet connection. Complete your exam anytime – no need to schedule in advance.

Same Day Certification

Get your certificate today or go at your own pace. You have 30 days to complete your training and final exam.

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.

Free CIFS Membership

Enjoy full access to members-only food safety guides, posters, checklists, food recalls and more.

We're Here to Help

The course is straight-forward and easy to follow. But if you ever need help, our team are available by phone or email to help with technical support, enrolment, payment and any other questions you may have.

No question goes unanswered.

With CIFS you'll find the whole process smooth and easy.

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 with a series of lessons.

The user-friendly navigation allows you to start and stop as many times as you like. The software will remember where you left off so you can easily continue when you log back in.

With our industry-leading learning tools, you'll be kept engaged with:

  • fun & simple lessons
  • useful study notes & fact sheets
  • interactive activities
  • practice quizzes
  • downloadable resources

The course has been developed to accommodate for as many learning requirements as possible.

Learn at your own pace.
The course will take approx. 8 hours but can be completed at your own pace over 30 days.

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

Module 2: 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 3: Working with food safely
Lesson 8: Purchasing, receiving & storing food safely
Lesson 9: Preparing food safely
Lesson 10: Serving & dispensing food safely

Module 4: Managing your food safety plan
Lesson 11: Managing your food safety plan

About the final exam

The final exam is available 7 days-a-week at multiple times each day – no pre-scheduling required.

Exam length?
1 hour

What's on the exam?
50 multiple choice questions.

Passing grade?

Is is proctored?
Yes. To connect with a Proctor, the exam must be accessed from a computer with a webcam and microphone.

When can I write the exam?
The exam is available 7 days-a-week at multiple times each day – no scheduling required.

What does the Proctor do?
They are there to check your ID and ensure that no one is assisting you on your exam.

How quickly will I get my certificate after passing?
It will be emailed directly to you within minutes of passing your exam.

What if I fail?
96% of our students pass on their first try but you also receive free unlimited exams retakes so you can write the exam as many times as needed.

Trusted by the Canadian Food Industry

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

Recommended by Canadian Food Workers

of students recommend this course to others
of students rate this course as good or excellent

“It was so convenient and easy to use.”

Angie P. - Saskatchewan

“I could go at my own pace,
and go back over things if I needed too.”

Katie M. - Nova Scotia.

"10/10 satisfaction, I will be recommending your course to anybody I know that needs their certification. Great stuff.”

Mark K. - Ontario



  • Online Course
  • Official Certificate
  • Unlimited Exam Attempts
  • 30 Day Course Access
  • COVID-19 Training Resources Included
  • Free CIFS Membership (a $74.95 value)
  • No Additional Costs or Hidden Fees

Your Food Handler Certificate will be valid for 5 years in your province & across Canada.

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