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Food Handler Certification

Peel Public Health offers a Food Handler Certification course (PDF 123KB) for food premises operators and staff. In this course, you will learn about safe food handling practices and prepare for the Food Handler Certification Exam. Learning safe food handling practices will help you to protect yourself and others from becoming sick from food or drink. After passing the exam, you will receive a wallet-size Food Handler Certificate that is valid for five years. Full-size certificates are no longer available.

There are three ways for you to prepare for the exam.

  1. Full-day classroom course: In the class, instructors will review the information in the study guide and answer any questions you have about handling food safely. Before you come to the class, we recommend that you read the study guide and answer the study questions at the end of each chapter. The certification exam will take place at the end of the class.
  1. Self study: The student studies for the exam on his or her own and registers in one of the available exam dates to complete the certification process. You have the option of purchasing the study guide and completing the study questions at your own pace. The study guide has all the information you need to successfully pass the exam.
  1. “In Good Hands” Food Safety Certification Course (offered online): In Good Hands is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a food safety course that meets the requirements for Food Handling Certification. It is available online, covers the same material as the course offered by the Region of Peel and provides the opportunity to work through the course at your own pace. The course consists of 15 modules on food safety. Once you have completed all of the modules and quizzes, you must separately register and pay for the exam only option offered by the Region of Peel to complete the certification process.

    If you would like more information or would like to register for the online portion of the course, go to ingoodhands.ca. Please note, the fee for the online course does not include the fee for the Region of Peel exam.

How to register

You can register for the Food Handler Certification class or exam in person at the following Access Peel locations:

Location Hours of Operation Payment Methods Accepted
Access Peel - 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton. Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5  p.m.
Money Order*
Access Peel - 7120 Hurontario St., Mississauga
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) -9 Wellington St. E. Brampton Monday to Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

*If paying by cheque or money order, please make payable to: Region of Peel.

There are no refunds of fees.

Collection of Personal Information

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.5. This information will be used to administer Peel Region's food safety training program for food handlers, to facilitate inspections of food premises, program planning and evaluation. Questions about this collection may be addressed to the Manager, Environmental Health, Support Programs, 7120 Hurontario St., P.O. Box 669, Mississauga ON L5M 2C2
(905) 791-7800.

Languages available

The Food Handler Certification classroom course is taught only in English. The study guide and exam are available in English, as well as these other languages:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • French
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Urdu

If you would like a Study Guide in a language other than English, please call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 and ask to speak to a Public Health Inspector. You will need to call before registering for the course to ensure your translated study guide is available for pickup at the location.

If you would like an exam in a language other than English, please let your instructor know when you attend the course or exam.

Class and exam dates and location

All courses/exams will take place at the Region of Peel building located at 7120 Hurontario St. in Mississauga (MR2-351 unless otherwise noted).

*Please note, space in the classes is limited. Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to check availability of course date.

Food Handler Certification Course Schedule 2016

Full-Day Class and Exam Dates
8:15 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.
Home Study Exam Dates
8:45 a.m. (approximately 1 hour)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Thursday, July 14, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016 Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016 Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016  
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  
Wednesday, September 7, 2016  
Thursday, September 15, 2016  
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  
Tuesday September 27, 2016  


Food Handler Certification Options Fee as of Jan 1, 2015
Food Handler Classroom Course (one day course) with Exam $63.53
Food Handler Certification Home Study (Exam + Study Guide) $63.53
Food Handler Certification Home Study (Exam Only) $23.10
Food Handler Certification Study Guide (Materials only) $40.42
Food Handler Certificate reprint (wallet cards provided; full-size certificates no longer available) $10.99

For more information on the Food Handler Certification course or exam, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.

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