Basic Food Safety
and Hygiene Certificate

This course is approved by all New Zealand Councils and Verifiers, and certification auditors globally. Expert-led basic food safety and hygiene course by NZQA Registered PTE.

About our Food Safety Course

Our Basic Food Safety Certificate Training Course is designed for:

  • Small and large food businesses
  • New and existing food home-businesses
  • Early childcare centre service and ECE cooks
  • Healthcare services
  • Community & charity groups
  • Aged Care services and hospitals
  • Bakeries, Cafes and restaurants
  • Supermarkets
  • Mobile food trucks and trailers
  • Job-seekers
  • Food companies
  • Any person or workplace handling food

Our food safety course is approved by all Councils and Verifiers and delivered by an NZQA-Registered PTE with New Zealand Government Accreditation.

This Basic Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate Course is also known as Food Handling Certificate NZ, Food Hygiene Certificate, Food Handlers Certificate, Food Certificate NZ, Food Hygiene Certificate NZ, and Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate. We also include bonus content by way of a basic understanding to HACCP. 

  • Course Duration: 5 hours
  • Course Delivery: LIVE Online Video Conference Training and Onsite Training Options available
  • Outcome: Recognised Certificate of Achievement after successful completion of the assessment

Our training is customized for any person, and small and large food businesses that require learning about food safety methods and food safety controls. We aim to operate to best food safety practices as part of the Food Act 2014, Food Regulations 2015, and local council Bylaws around New Zealand and international Codex Alimentarius global standards.

Basic Food Safety Certificate
Training Course Content

  • Knowledge of basic food safety and why this course is an investment
  • Answers to questions such as: Can I cook food from home for sale? What does a verifier look for when auditing me? What does jargon such as a “Level 2 National Programme FCP” mean?
  • Information on effective personal hygiene
  • Norovirus, Rotavirus, RSV, and COVID-19 controls to reduce food handling hazards
  • An understanding of the science of allergic reactions, immune response, food intolerance, and special diets such as Celiac.
  • Knowledge of the primary allergen groups (applicable worldwide) and implementing an allergen identification list for a Food Control Plan
  • Effective allergen management tools in a food business such as labelling and cleaning.
  • Learning key HACCP training NZ temperatures to global standards including both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), and recording temperature of high-risk food. This training has been used by our trainees around the world.
  • Knowledge of hazards that cause foodborne illness and food spoilage in a food business including pathogenic bacteria, mould, and viruses
  • Knowledge of methods used to control hazards that cause foodborne illness and food spoilage in a food business.
  • Identifying common examples of food safety risks
  • Pest control methods and how to control pests
  • Criteria for verifier inspections and audit checklists
  • Overview of legislation including the Food Standards Code 2002, Food Act 2014, Food Regulations and how the law applies to a workplace or food business
  • Knowledge of the key elements of a Food Control Plan – FCP + 3 Step Corrective Action – Codex Alimentarius
  • Practice filling out key food safety recordsFood Control Plan Diary
  • Gain insights into Council and Verifier Audits, and how to achieve an A Grade Council Audit
  • Extra research and microbiology information based on our MOC with AUT University – School of Applied Sciences.
Cover image of Food Safe's Basic Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate Training Food Safety Course Content

Basic Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate Course is suitable for:

This food safety certificate (also referred to as a food hygiene certificate) suits people looking for a job or working in a food business or workplace and:

  • The Essential Food Services sector
  • Hospitality sector including cafes, restaurants and bakeries
  • Supermarkets, Dairies & Convenience stores
  • Aged-care facilities & Hospitals
  • Child Care Centres (ECE)
  • Food Truck Drivers
  • Food Processing Companies
  • Cold Storage and Supply Chain
  • Produce Handling roles
  • Hygiene and Cleaning jobs
  • Meat, Seafood, and Dairy companies
  • Petfood companies

Our food safety course is also suitable for any person:

  • looking to start a home food business (so you understand the law),
  • working on a farm or fruit-picking; and
  • looking to up-skill, re-tool and improve their CV for a job in a food company
A man certified in Basic Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate Training on an organic farm handling produce and microgreens.
Food truck employee trained in basic food safety and hygiene by Food Safe.

About Food Safe

Food Safe Ltd is Accredited by the New Zealand Government + is a Category 1 NZQA-Registered PTE. Our food safety courses comply with Council Food Safety Bylaws, Verifier Audits, Food Control Plans, and Risk Management Programmes right across New Zealand.

Our food safety training is trusted by both well-known New Zealand and Global food companies and heaps of small teams too!

Why Choose us for your Food Safety Certificate Training?

  • We have collaborated and delivered food safety and hygiene certification training for a number of performance-fuelled organizations and global brands.
  • The topics we cover and the information we provide on food safety is the very latest.
  • Students gain knowledge and learn in an engaging and interactive environment
  • Our course presentation style suits all learner types. We use slides, pictures, and a show-me-how approach to our food safety training.
  • Food Safe Trainers are industry experts with Lead Audit ISO 22000 qualifications and have extensive practical experience in high-compliance food manufacture, which we bring to the classroom.

Read our 350+ 5 trainee reviews on Google and Facebook

Food Safe students received their Food Safety Training Certificates Onsite and Online.

Food Safety Training Delivery

We deliver Expert-Led Online Food Safety Courses and On-Site Food Safety Certificate NZ Courses and Training across New Zealand.

Delivered LIVE Online via video conferencing

For your convenience, we hold our Food Safety Certificate NZ course and our other food safety training courses at a number of locations across New Zealand. This includes food safety courses in Auckland, Christchurch, and Hamilton.

We have successfully delivered customised food safety training courses at companies from South Island to the Northland and across from Waiheke in the east to Hokitika in the West!

We go well beyond just basic food safety training to nurture your business plans post-training. One of our invaluable services includes an EXCLUSIVE and passionate post-training Facebook community support group. Our former trainees and successful business owners help support and guide each other on their food business journeys.

Food Safety Training Locations

In addition to training options New Zealand wide our Food Safety Certificate Auckland Course is also delivered at a number of locations Auckland wide:

  • In the North Shore, Albany, Auckland: Food Safety Certificate North Shore for the convenience of Aucklanders living on the North Shore Area from Birkenhead to Orewa
  • In Grey Lynn, Auckland: For the convenience of people in the CBD, Viaduct Ponsonby, New Market, Parnell, Onehunga, New Lynn, Henderson
  • In Manukau, Auckland: Food Safety Course Manukau: For the convenience of people who also live in Papakura, Pukekohe, Papatoetoe, Takanini, Manurewa, Mangere, East Tamaki, Howick & Flat Bush

A great perk we include in our Auckland and all NZ courses is free off-street parking, an invisible and additional cost you need to consider when choosing your food safety course provider.

Our basic food safety course includes FCP resources in Te Reo Māori, Mandarin 普通话, Hindi हिंदी, Korean 한국의, Thai ภาษาไทย, Khmer/Cambodian, and Vietnamese Việt.

Training Location: Online
LIVE Online
Skype Video Conferencing
New Zealand

All New Zealand

Training Location: Auckland
Surrey Hotel
465, Great North Road
Auckland, New Zealand

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Training Location: Christchurch
Russley Golf Club & Function Centre
428 Memorial Avenue
Christchurch, New Zealand

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Training Location: Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites
23 Clarence Street
Hamilton, New Zealand

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A trainee holding her Food Safety Certification after completing Food Safe's basic food safety and hygiene certificate training course.

Food Safety Certificate: How long does my Food Safety Certification last?

  • Best practice for Cafes and Restaurants: Refresh your food safety course knowledge and renew your certificate every 3 years at the latest.
  • Food Manufacture, Customised food Control Plans & Risk Management Programmes: Refresh your course knowledge and renew your certificate every year.







Read our 350+ 5 Facebook & Google trainee reviews

I did the online training course for Food Safety. Our instructor, Keith, was fantastic- very knowledgable with real world experience that I would imagine everyone found helpful. He was professional and interesting as well. I was very impressed. Highly recommend.
Maria Cantrell
Maria Cantrell
01:53 18 Oct 21
It was a very clear and fun workshop. We had a lot of information to get through, but Keith made it very easy to understand. Answered all our questions and made the day enjoyable, I recommend to others.
Melanie Chandler-Winters
Melanie Chandler-Winters
20:07 08 Oct 21
Its been a long time since i have had to do any form of training, let alone an online one. I was quite nervous about how it would all go but Keith made it so easy and comfortable.The way he structured the coarse was great. Very informative!Thanks so much Keith!!
Had a great experience taking Keith's class today! really informative and great interaction. Time went quick as he kept us all engaged. Cheers
Krystal Stevens
Krystal Stevens
01:46 04 Oct 21
I attended the Food safety training course online via Skype with Keith. He was extremely professional and personable. I feel confident from the training he has given me. All the course content was relevant and well delivered. You will not regret completing your training with Keith! Thanks again!
Katie Hoppe
Katie Hoppe
02:27 13 Sep 21
Amazing one day online course. Very helpful and informative even if you have been in the industry for a while. Instructor was very clear and thorough with the information. Highly recommended for whoever wants to do it!
Aishwarya Kamble
Aishwarya Kamble
02:21 31 Jul 21
Keith was very easy to understand and allowed for us to ask questions if we were unsure about anything. It was great presentation. With background and knowledge of the hospitality industry he is a great teacher. Thank you so much Keith.
Bhavika Patel
Bhavika Patel
03:46 26 Jul 21
Keith was absolutely amazing!! was clear, respectful and patient. I was able to adapt quickly and absorb as much as i could. With previous background experience in hospitality, this training gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to know and to continue to grow in the industry.. Appreciate your time Keith and the amazing team.
Waituhi Missy Munro
Waituhi Missy Munro
02:21 22 Jul 21
This Course was very informative and I learn so much within the Time Frame. Instructor was very easy to understand and up beat to keep you from falling asleep. I recommend this to anyone wanting to take the Basic Food Safety Course
David Danielson III
David Danielson III
23:04 14 Jun 21
An excellent presentation and explanation. Keith was very easy to understand and allowed for us to ask questions it we were unsure about anything. He has an amazing knowledge of the industry and therefore, an amazing teacher. I also loved doing the training via Skype which was very easy & clear. Thank you so much Keith.
Mavis Taratu
Mavis Taratu
02:21 11 Jun 21
Have just completed this training for our Childcare service. Great information, knowable trainer, really easy and convenient to complete online. Highly recommend.
Sue Kilkenny
Sue Kilkenny
02:12 11 Jun 21
This was a great course, I liked the online option. The content was thorough and related to our specific work contexts. The tutor was engaging and responsive.
Emma Parangi
Emma Parangi
01:01 17 May 21
Very helpful even if you have been in the industry awhile, it is good to have the regulations refreshed. Instructor spoke in a clear easy to understand manner and offered many helpful hints to those in the class. Happy to recommend.
Elizabeth Camille
Elizabeth Camille
01:14 23 Apr 21
Great experience today with Keith. He made everything really easy to follow and engaging. It also made the experience very personalised for each individual taking part and allowed lots of time for questions and feedback. Thank you for a great morning Keith and the Food Safe team
Steph Burbidge
Steph Burbidge
01:16 17 Apr 21
Had a wonderful experience with my 1-day online course at Food Safe NZ. This course exceeded my expectations. Would recommend to anyone who is considering in working in the food industry in any area! Found this course super helpful and well planned. Keith was a pleasure to train with. Great course! 🙂
Lou Anne Roman
Lou Anne Roman
00:17 26 Mar 21
This was my second time taking the certification on food safety (the first was several years ago) and still appreciate the way the topics were delivered. Keith has a great depth of knowledge and experience on the subject which makes it all come out naturally. He is also open to questions and freely gives great tips on the processes. Thank you.
Maria Medel
Maria Medel
00:12 15 Mar 21
I expected basic training but Keith Michael provided more than that. He clearly articulated the course content and was able to answer all questions in a way that gave me confidence in his knowledge base and added value that I hadn't anticipated getting from this course.Expectations Exceeded!!Many thanks
Scott Pryor
Scott Pryor
01:13 12 Mar 21
Excellent service from Keith, would highly recommend taking this class for Food Safety training. Very helpful resources given, clear communication and understandable. Made sure that we were all on the same page, at the same time. This has definitely helped me with my new position at a learning center, preparing me to succeed in what i will be doing. Opened up my mind to general life and food safety for my own home and family which i will now take into more serious.Thanks again Keith,Much appreciated
Kasian Liuvaie
Kasian Liuvaie
23:44 21 Jan 21
This online curse is a must for any body /small or large business working with food and serving to others for profit or non profit. I became so aware of a lot of things I wasn't previously aware of and it helped me so much in my food handling practice. The presenter was very friendly and welcoming and certainly knew his stuff! Also made the content easy to learn. Thanks Keith.
Barbara Tutty
Barbara Tutty
23:39 21 Jan 21
The training was great! Keith has so much knowledge and experience in the food industry so he was able to give us lots of information and personal experiences. He linked all the training to our own food goals and made it relevant. Thanks so much!
Renee Pennington
Renee Pennington
23:32 21 Jan 21
Keith was our instructor today. We all felt very comfortable. Even though Keith had 7 of us on board, he still managed to involve each and everyone and individually explained what we'll need and what to look out for.Highly highly recommended!
Queen Peary
Queen Peary
04:44 11 Jan 21
Keith and his services are highly recommended. Today our class was very enjoyable. He explains information very clearly and his class today, I found was very useful for my up and coming business. My team and I give thanks to Keith for helping us. In the end we received our food safety certificate. 5/5 highly recommended to those that are seeking a food safety certificate. Thanks Keith
Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis
01:12 19 Dec 20
Incredibly informative, thoughtful, and well-executed course. The instructor Keith was fantastic with connecting with each attendee and shared a lot of practical tips and ideas pertained to each of the prospective/existing business. It was packed with information and useful resources, but ran at a good pace so it didn't feel overwhelming. Highly recommended!
Mana Toyoda
Mana Toyoda
01:05 11 Dec 20
Great experience being trained by Keith! He was professional, has great communication skills and has a wealth of knowledge on food safety. A brilliant educator! Many thanks.
Erin Wilks
Erin Wilks
23:47 03 Dec 20
Very professional. I’m very satisfied with this service. The trainer was brilliant and not only offered great advise but also tailored parts of the training for my business directly. Overall I highly recommend Keith at Food Safe. Very very good service! A+++++++++
Jollymilkman Jolly
Jollymilkman Jolly
09:09 22 Nov 20
I highly recommend Food Safe. I had training with Keith today and he made me feel like i did online training before, even though i never did. It was a great experience and very helpful.Thanks again Keith.
Mariska Du Plessis
Mariska Du Plessis
01:06 16 Nov 20
I highly recommend this training. Keith was very professional and knowledgable. He gave examples specific to my business and I have come out of the training feeling a lot more confident. Thank you so much Keith and Food Safe Ltd.
Arihia Nordstrom
Arihia Nordstrom
23:31 06 Nov 20
Deanna and I thought the presentation was outstanding. We both not only enjoyed the course but learnt a lot. We now have loads of confidence that our kitchen will be top notch
Rose Duffy
Rose Duffy
23:20 18 Oct 20
They offer more dates/classes than other organizations I could find on the internet. One thing I liked the most about the class was that our lecturer always gave us examples/case studies related to students' real job/industry. It was very easy to understand, nice and thorough.
00:22 09 Oct 20

HOW IT WORKS: Steps to Book Your Course


Booking Your Basic Food Safety Course

Click the 'Book Course' button. Choose your preferred date and training type (Online or Onsite) and place your booking.

Payment options: Bank Transfer and Credit Card.


Process your payment

You will receive a 'Booking Received' email after you have placed your booking which will include the payment details for your training.

Please process the invoice so we can confirm and reserve your place in the class and connect with you online if you have selected online training.

If you have already paid your course fees by credit card as part of our booking check-out, your booking is automatically confirmed and you will receive a 'Booking Confirmed' email. See point 4 below for next steps.


Booking Confirmed

Upon receipt of your payment, your booking will be confirmed.


If you have booked Online Training, you will receive an email from us to connect with you online. We will also send you an email reminder with information the day before your food safety training.

If you have booked Onsite Training (face-to-face), there is nothing further to do. Simply come to class on the day of your training. We will send you an email reminder with information the day before your food safety training.


Training Day

If you have booked Online Training, please be online 15 minutes before your class start time to say hello to the trainer.

If you have booked Onsite Training (face-to-face), please arrive 15 minutes before your class starts. Double-check your training venue address which is different to the Food Safe Corporate Office address.


Do I have to do a Food Safety Assessment?

Yes. At the completion of your training, your trainer will give you an assessment, covering food safety topics, to complete. This assessment requires no typing or writing for you to do. Only yes/no, tick box type of answers. You have to achieve 70% to pass your assessment and to receive your food safety course certification.

Is the Food Safety Assessment hard?

As long as participants are attentive in class and are taking notes along the way, the assessment is not hard. Participants may refer to their notes during the open-book assessment.

When will I receive my Food Safety Certificate?

People who pass the course will receive a Food Safety Certificate of Achievement, on the day of the training, on successful completion of the assessment.

What happens if I do not pass my Assessment?

Your trainer will ask students who don’t pass [Not Yet Achieved] to take the assessment again. You can take the assessment as many times as you like. You will not be charged anything additional for taking the assessment again.

Do I have to prepare before coming to class?

No prior knowledge or homework is required. Your trainer will coach you about food safety methods and food safety risk controls including record-keeping and other relevant food safety topics and information in class.

What kind of job can I get after I achieve my Food Safety Certificate?

Our trainees have applied for roles in Cafes, Supermarkets, Childcare centres, Hospitals, Food Companies, Community Centres, Maraes, School Cafeterias, and Aged Care facilities. A number of our trainees have also set up their own successful home food businesses.

Companies we work with