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.
Effective July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in British Columbia are valid for 5 years. Certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013, will expire July 29, 2018. To recertify, simply retake the FOODSAFE Level 1 course or take the FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher online course.
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.