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Understanding HACCP
Understanding HACCP
Understanding HACCP

This Understanding HACCP Course includes a City and Guilds-accredited 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.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactivity with colourful animations
  • CPD-accredited training
  • Can be completed in two to three hours
  • Instant digital certificate on completion
  • 24-hour learner support from the Virtual College team

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 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.

After completing this HACCP training course, learners will understand:

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

At the end of this e-learning course, there is an online test. Upon passing, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate, as well as a City and Guilds-accredited certificate.

Who is this course for?

This 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.

Lesson plan

The lesson plan for this course is as follows:

  • 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 has been officially accredited by City and Guilds. Please note: if you require a full qualification in this area, you will be required to undertake an additional assessment by visiting an accredited test centre at an additional cost.


As well as your Virtual College certificate, you will receive a City and Guilds 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.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


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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