Food Hygiene (Handling) Courses

As of July 1, 2015 the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments came together under Nova Scotia Environment.

Food safety courses are for those who handle and work with food regularly, like those in the food service industry. Some are recognized by the Department and some are not.

Legislation requires that at least one person per shift must have a food safety training course. It is strongly recommend that all people on the job have this training. The certificate must be renewed every five years.

The course presented by the department's staff is based on a course developed in British Columbia in association with industry and governments. The course has been tailored for Nova Scotia. The instructors are all food safety specialists employed by the NS Department of Agriculture and Public Health Inspectors certified by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. They are also certified as Food Safety Professionals by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) (USA).

A special three hour version of the course is available to volunteer groups exceeding 25 people at no charge. Contact your local field office for scheduling.

Food Handler Course Exemption

Dowload Document

Register online for your Food Hygiene Course at

Scheduled Training

Classroom Courses - NS Agriculture

Course locations are divided into three regions: South West region, Central region (HRM) and North East region. Find out which courses are available and where!

Course Registration Forms & Agenda

Online Courses - with in-class exam

Other Course Options

The following courses have been deemed acceptable under Section 28 of the Food Safety Regulations: