Understanding HACCP Digital Course

This RoSPA Assured online course covers the latest HACCP legislation and guidance and is suitable for anyone working with or handling food. The course explains a HACCP plan, hazard analysis and critical control points and ensures confidence in using the seven HACCP principles. The HACCP training should take around 2-3 hours to complete and includes an instant digital certificate.

Understanding HACCP
Understanding HACCP
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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 2-3 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 2-3 CPD Hours
  • RoSPA Assured

Course description

This Understanding HACCP Course includes a RoSPA Assured instant digital certificate. It has been created for food handlers to ensure they understand what a critical control point is and are confident using the HACCP seven principles system to identify and respond to hazards.

Anyone who works in catering or hospitality needs to be aware of the latest food hygiene standards and HACCP regulations. Knowing how to clean and disinfect equipment, safely store and prepare food, and control common pests will allow you to handle food safely and ensure that you’re complying with all of the relevant health and safety standards.

What is HACCP?

HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and is all about ensuring that food safety workers can prevent and control food-borne illnesses, and stop consumers from being exposed to hazardous contamination from their premises.

Why take this HACCP course?

Using the HACCP system became a legal requirement in food safety management from January 1st 2006. It helps food businesses to safeguard their customers from illness or injury due to the consumption of unsafe food.

This course has been created for food handlers to ensure they understand what a critical control point is and are confident using the HACCP seven principles system to identify and respond to hazards. After completing this HACCP training course, learners will understand:

  • Why HACCP was developed
  • The key stages of the process
  • How to prevent food contamination

The material is provided in an interactive format that is designed to be engaging and accessible. A basic knowledge of food hygiene will mean learners progress quickly, but the course is designed for anyone working in the service or hospitality sectors and should be suitable for any staff member to give them the knowledge needed to work effectively and safely.

Who should take this HACCP training course and why?

This HACCP awareness training course is especially relevant to food handlers, as well as the owners and managers of food businesses. However, it is suitable for anybody involved in working in a food environment, across the retail, catering, packaging, manufacturing and distribution sectors. 

After undertaking this online course, learners will be able to analyse hazards effectively and determine control points in line with established HACCP principles.

What does this course cover?

To help develop an in-depth knowledge of HACCP, this course provides interactive content which is split into the following chapters:

  • Introduction to HACCP
  • What is HACCP?
  • Why do we need HACCP?
  • When and why was HACCP developed?
  • What are the legal requirements for HACCP?
  • Hazards and control measures
  • What is a hazard?
  • What is the source of the hazard?
  • What controls should we have?
  • Prerequisite programmes
  • What else do you need to make HACCP work?
  • How to implement HACCP
  • How do you develop and apply HACCP-based systems?
  • What are Critical Control Points (CCPs)?
  • How do you apply HACCP in your sector: retail, manufacturing or catering?


This course is RoSPA Assured.


As well as your Virtual College certificate, you will receive a RoSPA Assured certificate upon completing this course.

Course duration

The course should take two to three hours to complete, but this depends entirely on how quickly you study. It doesn't matter how slow or fast you take things - your progress will still be recorded throughout.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

You will learn

  • What is HACCP
  • Why do we need HACCP
  • When and why was HACCP developed

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Anyone working in a food environment across the retail, catering, packaging, manufacturing and distribution sectors


Level 2 & 3 HACCP Training Pack Legislation If you’re working in the hospitality or service industry, you will need to comply with the latest food and hygiene regulations. This Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course is designed to help you comply with EU Regulation 852/2004, which requires food businesses to ensure that any employee who handles food is fully trained in food hygiene.

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.