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Understanding HACCP
Understanding HACCP
Understanding HACCP

Overview - Understanding HACCP (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)

This Understanding HACCP course has been created with food businesses in mind and will help ensure workers control food borne illnesses and prevent consumers from becoming injured by hazardous contamination in your premises.

This course is particularly relevant to food handlers, owner/managers and anybody involved in working in a food environment.

Completing this course will help you learn about different types of hazards, control measures to eliminate or reduce the risks of harm from those hazards and how to conduct a HACCP study.

Why do we use food safety management systems based on HACCP principles?

1. It is a legal requirement based on a European regulation that took effect on 1 January 2006.

2. It helps us to safeguard our consumers from food borne illnesses and injury from consumption of unsafe food.

3. A HACCP system is considered the best way of controlling food safety.

4. Our customers demand it.

On completion of this course learners should understand:

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

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your Virtual College and City & Guilds certificate.

By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or legal action.

Lesson Plan

This module will provide food industry workers with important knowledge on how to ensure their working practices comply with this internationally recognised food safety standard regulation.

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • 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 could we have?
  • Prerequisite Programmes
  • What else do you need to make HACCP work?
  • How to HACCP
  • How do you develop and apply HACCP based systems?
  • Critical Control Points
  • How do you apply HACCP in your sector: Retail Manufacturing or Catering?


This course is Accredited by City & Guilds.


This course is Accredited by City & Guilds.

Note, this course is an accredited training programme, should you require a full qualification you will be required to undertake an additional assessment by visiting an accredited test centre at an additional cost.


Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced and you do not have to complete all the training in one session. Your progress will be recorded throughout.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works in a food environment. The content applies to caterers, food retailers and food manufacturers. It’s not only relevant to food handlers either, it applies to staff working in packaging, distribution or supervision.

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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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

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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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