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Food Allergy Awareness Training
Food Allergy Awareness Training Course
Food Allergy Awareness Training Course

This Food Allergy Awareness Training course is designed to help learners identify the fourteen particular food allergens which must, by law, be recognised and to understand why foods containing allergens must be handled carefully.

The course is aimed at food handlers and anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people.

  • Meet the UK training requirements for food handlers
  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

Food Allergy Awareness Training Course

Currently, there are no known cures for food allergies and intolerances. Some consumers have to avoid certain foods and ingredients at all costs to prevent reactions, which in some cases can prove life-threatening. Some carry epipens in case of an adverse reaction - if food business workers know how to use these, lives could potentially be saved.

It is therefore vital that food handlers undergo food allergy training so they are aware of the potential triggers for allergic reactions, know how to keep the customers they are catering for as safe as possible, and have an understanding of what could be the safest food group to offer to them as an alternative.

Course overview

This Food Allergy Online Training Course by Virtual College includes clear information and guidance to help learners identify and understand the main food allergens, and the importance of handling food containing allergens carefully in order to keep customers safe.

The course lesson plan is as follows:

  • Introduction to food allergy awareness
  • What is a food allergy?
  • Legislation
  • Practical process

See our food allergy awareness poster for an idea of the kind of things you can expect to learn on this course.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who owns, manages or works in a food-related business will need to make sure their operations are compliant with EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR) / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC).

The Food Allergy Awareness Training Course is therefore suitable for food handlers, as well as those with a role that involves contact with food, or managing workers who do.

Why take this course?

By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Understand what both a food allergy and intolerance are
  • Learn to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  • Know which ingredients could cause allergies
  • Understand what allergy information is required on pre-packed food labels
  • Understand what to consider to keep consumers safe
  • Know how to provide allergen information specific to their food business

Course accreditation

The content of the Food Allergy Awareness Training Course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Test and certification

At the end of the course, learners will be required to answer 15 multiple choice questions to assess their understanding of food allergy awareness facts. A 75 per cent pass mark is needed and there'll be three attempts to achieve this at no extra cost. If more than three are required, you will need to contact the Virtual College team to arrange an additional try.

When the 75 per cent pass mark has been achieved, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College allergy awareness certificate for their records.

Course duration

The Food Allergy Awareness Training Course should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on how quickly each individual learns and absorbs the study material.

As the course is self-paced and progress is recorded throughout, learners can complete the training in stages.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is my certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long a certificate is valid for. It is generally industry recognised that food allergen certificates are renewed every three years. However, some employers may require you to renew your certification every year.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (39)

Food Allergy Awareness Training
4 days ago
Great course easy to access
– customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
5 days ago
Its a good purchase
– Customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
one month ago
For people who need to know about allergies it is a good course to take.
– Juliana
Food Allergy Awareness Training
one month ago
It was a pleasure to study from my home computer at a time which suited me. Very easy to get started and complete at your own pace. Extremely informative and memorable visual aids to help stick in the mind!
– Carol Roger
Food Allergy Awareness Training
2 months ago
I know better about allergies than ever before.
– Olufunke
Food Allergy Awareness Training
5 months ago
I learnt alot about food allergens
– Elaine J Beesley
Food Allergy Awareness Training
5 months ago
I changed my course to a COSSH course, as I had already completed the food allergy course.
– Customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
6 months ago
Both training courses were really good. Would recommend it.
– Lenka Eaton
Food Allergy Awareness Training
7 months ago
Certificate not available after I completed training. Sorted now.
– Gillian Vicary
Reply from Virtual College

Good afternoon I'm sorry to hear that you have had some issues. Looking at our records, I can see that a member of our team sent the certificate to you directly in PDF format to make this easier. I hope that this has helped. Kind regards Virtual College

Food Allergy Awareness Training
8 months ago
again showed me a lot I wasn't fully aware of
– Customer
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