Food safety training is a requirement of the BC Food Premises Regulation.
To satisfy food safety training requirements in BC, certification can be completed through one of the following options:
- Take the BC FOODSAFE Level 1 course (In person, online or via correspondence). Upon successful completion you will receive a FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate and your name will be added to the BC FOODSAFE Registry. You will also be eligible to take the FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher course in 5 years when your certification expires; or
- Take a course that has been deemed equivalent to BC FOODSAFE Level 1. Refer to
the list of equivalent FOODSAFE Level 1 courses. Should you take this option you will be required to maintain your own training records since your name will not be in the BC FOODSAFE Registry.
The local Health Authority administers the FOODSAFE education program in their region.
Since July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates in British Columbia have been issued with a 5-year expiry date. All certificates issued prior to that date will expire on July 29, 2018. With that deadline approaching, people with an expiring certificate are encouraged to recertify as soon as possible. Courses for recertification can be done online, in person or even by correspondence. For more information on these courses options, visit FOODSAFE website.
NOTE: All food safety certifications (whether BC FOODSAFE Level 1 or other types of certification) are valid for a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue or the expiry date as indicated on the certificate (if within 5 years or less).
Only people who take the BC FOODSAFE Level 1 course have their names recorded in the BC FOODSAFE Registry and are eligible to take the FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher course offered by Open School BC.
Individuals who take a course deemed equivalent to BC FOODSAFE Level 1
are not eligible to take the FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher course since they are not in the BC FOODSAFE Registry.