Course Details

Course Code

SITXFSA005 – Use hygienic practices for food safety

Course Outline

Food businesses have a general obligation under the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to ensure that anyone undertaking or supervising food handling operations have the necessary skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene matters, appropriate to their work activities.

A food handler refers to anyone who works within a food business and handles either food, or food surfaces. A food handler may work in a number of different roles, such as:

  1. kitchen hands
  2. cooks
  3. chefs
  4. catering staff
  5. food and beverage attendants
  6. housekeeping and laundry staff
  7. sandwich hands
  8. cafe and fast food outlet cooking crews
  9. sales people and
  10. owner-operators of small business catering operations or retail food outlets.

On completion of this Food Handlers Certificate course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of food safety
  2. Summarise your responsibilities under the legislation
  3. Identify food hazards that may affect the health and safety of people
  4. Demonstrate how to remove or minimise food hazards in your workplace and
  5. Explain the reporting procedure for food hazards in your workplace.

This Food Handlers Certificate course is an interactive and engaging way to build your skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene matters. The course is narrated by a learning partner to guide you through the course. Once you have completed the last module, you will need to complete the final knowledge assessment, short answer assessment, verbal assessment, Third Party Observation Assessment and Student Feedback.

The knowledge assessment will present you with a number of realistic workplace scenarios and ask you to answer questions and make decisions, using the knowledge you have gained throughout this course.

The Short Answer Assessment will consist of a series of questions based on your role in your workplace. Or if you are not currently employed in the food industry, you should answer the questions based on the role and food business you want to work in.

The Verbal Assessment will provide you with a scenario and ask you several short questions to assess your verbal communication skills to report hygiene hazards.

The Third Party Observation Assessment will ask your manager or supervisor to observe you completing a series of tasks and complete a Third Party Evidence Report based on your tasks. You will need to complete these tasks in an operational commercial food preparation area, bar or kitchen.

The Student Feedback is the final step and once you have passed the assessments and completed the feedback you will receive a confirmation email containing your Statement of Attainment.

Course Duration

Please allow approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete this course and the Knowledge, Short Answer and Verbal Assessments. Your Third Party Observation Assessment will need to be completed over a period of time (i.e. 1-2 weeks).

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course you will have gained the skills and knowledge to safely handle food in any of the food handler roles listed above in the hospitality and retail industries.

This course is also the pre-requisite for any learners wanting to undertake the ‘Food Safety Supervisor Certificate’. This course is coming soon and will provide the qualification for Food Safety Supervisors.

Recurrent Training Requirements

There is currently no recurrent training requirement for the Food Handlers Certificate course.

National Recognition

The Food Handlers Certificate course is delivered by Urban E-Learning Pty Ltd (RTO #31973). The Food Handlers Certificate course is recognised throughout Australia. The course addresses the requirements of ‘SITXFSA005 – Use hygienic practices for food safety’ from the SIT07 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package. On completion of the course, you will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment, accepted in all food handling hospitality and retail industries.

This course does not apply to people handling food in the Health and Community Services sectors or the Food Processing and Transport sectors.’ Anyone working or planning to work in these industries will need to complete either ‘HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices’ tailored for people handling food in the Health and Community Services sectors or ‘FBPFSY2001 – Implement the food safety program and procedures’ tailored for the Food Processing and Transport industries.

Language, Literacy or Numeracy Skills (LLN)

Students will need to have sound English language, literacy and numeracy skills in order to complete the course and assessments. If a student is unsure whether they have the minimum language, literacy or numeracy skills to complete one of our courses, they can take an LLN pre-training assessment here before they enrol in the course. The test will help the student to check whether they can read, write, calculate or speak well enough to do the training and assessment.

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