Choosing your Food Hygiene Certificate? 

We offer online Level 1, 2 and 3 Food Hygiene training with an instant digital certificate on completion of each course. Learn anytime, anywhere with Virtual College.

Level 1

Just £12 | ✔ Best practices

Designed for beginners looking for an introduction to food safety this online training will explain the basic principles of food safety and how to keep clean and hygienic whilst preparing food.

Often referred to as the introductory food hygiene certificate this training takes 1-2 hours to complete.

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Level 2

£16 | ✔ Most Popular

Our most popular food hygiene course has been made for anyone working with or handling food in any setting. This course meets legal requirements and UK/EU training requirements for food handlers.

Sometimes known as the basic food hygiene certificate this training takes 2-3 hours to complete.

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Level 3

£79 | ✔ Great for Supervisors

Aimed at anyone supervising others working with or handling food this course is perfect for supervisors, team leaders, managers and those looking to take the next step in their career in a food environment.

Often referred to as the intermediate food hygiene certificate this training takes 8-9 hours to complete.

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Why train with Virtual College?

As one of the UK’s largest providers of food hygiene certificates, we’ve trained over 750,000 food and drink professionals over the past 20 years, across sectors such as hospitality, catering and manufacturing.

Our online food safety training courses meet UK/EU food hygiene training requirements and are accepted by Environmental Health Officers (EHO). EHOs look for well-trained staff with a good understanding of food hygiene and safety. Our food hygiene courses shows that staff are taking appropriate training to ensure they can handle food safely, and demonstrates your commitment to good hygiene.

Each food hygiene course comes with an accredited instant digital food safety certificate which can be downloaded and kept for your records. There's also the option to upgrade to a high quality printed certificate with our Level 2 and 3 Food Hygiene courses. The certificates will be posted to your door and include:

  • Accreditation logo
  • The Virtual College logo
  • Your name
  • The title of the course you completed
  • The modules covered in the course
  • Date of completion
  • Unique certificate number
  • A foil seal verifying the certificate

Our posted food and hygiene certificates are perfect to display in your premises to inspire customer confidence by showing you have completed the latest training accredited by a recognised organisation.

Virtual College food hygiene certificates are widely accepted by local authorities and each course is CPD approved with Level 2 and 3 Food Hygiene RoSPA Assured too. Should you need any help our friendly Support Team are on hand to assist with all your queries regarding food hygiene certificate online training.


Implement a HACCP system to ensure compliance

It is essential that food businesses comply with the internationally recognised HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point) system which is required by EU Food Law (Regulation 852/2004, Article 5). Picking a HACCP course that best meets your needs and requirements is necessary, take a look at our guide where we explain which course is right for you.


Training a team?

If you have multiple sites or are training across a wide range of functions one of our consultants would be happy to discuss your requirements and help find you the right training solution.

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Food Hygiene Training FAQs

How long do food hygiene certificates last and do food hygiene certificates expire?

While food hygiene certificates do not have an expiry date, it is recommended that you renew it every three years. Some employers may wish for training to be completed more regularly than this, check out our guide to find out more here.

What food hygiene certificate do I need to sell cakes from home?

While a food hygiene certificate isn’t compulsory it is strongly recommended by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and other official bodies. Under UK/EU law, anyone working with food must have appropriate training for their role. We would recommend Level 2 training for anyone working from home, find out more here.

Do I need to complete each level of food hygiene training?

There is no requirement to complete levels 1, 2 and 3 of food hygiene training, if you want to progress straight to level 2 or 3 you do not need to complete the prior levels of training. Each level of food hygiene training will look at different topics and deliver knowledge to the learner.

What is a food hygiene certificate?

A food hygiene certificate is a document given to food handlers or anyone who completes a Food Safety & Hygiene training course that has been accredited. While food handlers aren’t required have a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food, the majority of food businesses will prefer that they do, find out more here.

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