What Food Hygiene Qualifications do I need to work in the food industry?

Written by: Lorraine Mullaney
Published on: 11 Dec 2017

Why do I need a qualification?

Want to work for top food and drink brands like Mars, Nestlé and Coca-Cola? You’re in the right place. But let’s get one thing straight: you may have the drive and passion you need to make it in this fast-moving industry but, without a food hygiene qualification, you won’t get your foot in the factory door.

To handle food as part of your job, EU law says you must have a Level 2 Hygiene Certificate in Manufacturing. The good news is, we can help you with this. Our online courses in food hygiene can take as little as two hours to complete and cost as little as £15. You can do them in the comfort of your own home at a time that works for you. It will make all the difference when you apply for a job working on Red Bull’s production lines or dreaming up tasty new recipes for Marks & Spencer meals.

What are the different levels of certification?

We run a full range of courses in food safety, from basic hygiene to a deeper understanding of food law.

Level 1 is a good introduction to the basics of safe food preparation. It’s a great knowledge booster but it’s not enough if you want a job in the food and drink industry.

If that’s what you want, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Manufacturing is the one for you. EU law says you need this certificate to work with food and drink, whether you’re handling herbs and spices in storage or slicing raw meat on the assembly line. It is one of our most popular courses, as it needs to be completed every three years. You’ll learn why food hygiene is so important and how good practice can help to prevent contamination.

Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene for Supervisors steps it up a gear for team leaders and managers who need to learn how to identify hygiene problems and recommend solutions to keep work practice legal. It’s all presented in a user-friendly way with interactive screens that can be completed at your own pace and in your own time.

Where can I get my certification?

You don’t have to go back to the classroom to do any of these courses – they can all be taken on your own computer, in the comfort of your own home. You can start today, tomorrow or whenever suits you. Once you’ve completed the course and passed the online test, you can download and print your City & Guilds accredited certificate to show to your future employer. It is a great name to have on your certificate.

So, go on. Make yourself more employable now and take the first step to getting your foot in the door of your future employer, whether it’s Nestlé, Mars or Coca-Cola.