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The InstaCert Food Handler certificate is currently accepted in:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

It’s easy — all you need to do is complete the online course and pass the final exam within 30 days from when you register. The course consists of 4 units and each unit contains a series of lessons. The final exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you’ll have one hour to complete it and score 70% or higher.

The InstaCert Food Handler Certification course divides all the information required by Canadian food safety laws into four simple units that each contain a series of lessons:

Unit 1: Understanding food safety
Lesson 1: Understanding food contamination
Lesson 2: Food-borne illness & allergy management
Lesson 3: Food safety laws & responsibilities

Unit 2: Preventing food-borne illness
Lesson 4: Personal hygiene & workplace behaviour
Lesson 5: Time & temperature control
Lesson 6: Cleaning & sanitizing
Lesson 7: Maintaining food premises & equipment

Unit 3: Working with food safely
Lesson 8: Purchasing, receiving & storing food safely
Lesson 9: Preparing food safely
Lesson 10: Serving & dispensing food safely

Unit 4: Managing your food safety plan
Lesson 11: Managing your food safety plan

The online course comes with video lessons including audio narration and course notes. Only a basic level of computer literacy is required to navigate through the online course lessons.

A basic level of English literacy and a minimum level of numeracy skills is required such as reading temperatures or performing simple calculations.

Currently, our course is only available in English.

No, the online course is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can complete the course at your own pace. The exam doesn’t need to be booked in advance either. The InstaCert exam is available at all times throughout the day. You do not need to schedule your proctored exam — simply choose a time that best fits your schedule.

The course is available online and can be accessed on any internet browser (Javascript must be enabled) through any internet-connected device such as your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

The final exam requires a computer that has a webcam and microphone (currently the final exam is not available on tablets and mobile devices). It is important that you have Javascript enabled.

Some course resources are provided as PDF files. If you do not have software that can read a PDF on your device, you may be prompted to download Adobe PDF Reader or Adobe Acrobat (both programs are free). Download the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader here.

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