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Nova Scotia Environment

Food Handler Certification

Who Needs This Certification?
This is an achievement certification which verifies that someone has completed the Food Handlers Education Program offered by Nova Scotia Environment or an outside private agency.

Food handlers: Pursuant to the Nova Scotia Food Safety Regulations, all new food establishments are required to have a minimum of one trained foodhandler on site at all times and all existing food establishments will be required to have the same as of November 1, 2007.

General public: Anyone who is interested can enhance their knowledge of food safety by taking this course.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Environment
Where can you get this Certification and / or further information?
Nova Scotia Environment

Tel: (855) 893-5309
Fax: 902-896-2381
Office Location:
Harlow Building
176 College Road
Truro NS B2N 2P3

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 890
Truro NS B2N 5G6
Application Process:

Inquiries about the times and places of these courses should be directed to one of the offices listed above. You can apply online or you can download a form from the Nova Scotia Environment website. The application form and fee must be received at least one week prior to the start date of the course.

Waiting Period:
Usually 2-4 weeks, depending upon the availability of instructors and the schedule of classes.
Expiry & Renewal:
Upgrading is required every five years.
Price:   (Tax is included)
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Health Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 194

Last Updated: July 2016

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