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Hygiene and Food Safety – Food Handler (online)



Restaurant services






6 h



Safe and recognized practices to protect your customers’ health

The Hygiene and Food Safety – Food Handler training course is an asset for any professional in the food and restaurant services industry.

This training course, which leads to a training certificate from the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), will enable you to identify and prevent health risk situations associated with food preparation.

 This training course is intended for: 

  • Kitchen staff
  • Maîtres d’hôtel and waiters
  • Housekeeping and dishwashing staff
  • Anyone involved in food preparation and handling

To find out what your institution’s obligations are with regard to the Hygiene and Food Safety training course, please visit the MAPAQ website (in French only).


This training course will enable you to handle hot and cold foods safely. It will also teach you to be aware of your own responsibility regarding food contamination and to apply the standards in force.


  • General food quality criteria related to the 5 Ms—which stand for: Machine (equipment); Medium (environment); Method (process); Material (raw materials); and Workforce
  • The main types of microorganisms (useful, harmful, pathogenic)
  • The link between food handling and consumer health
  • Rules regarding food handling (personal hygiene, cross-contamination, etc.)
  • Rules regarding food storing considering their origin (regulatory temperatures)
  • Controlling hazardous situations
  • Hygiene, cleaning and sanitation conditions
  • Maintenance of the premises and equipment
  • Chemicals
  • Environmental contamination (door and window maintenance, garbage and vermin)
  • The essential elements of quality control
  • Writing and using technical data sheets and records

The content of the Food Handler training course is included in the Food Establishment Manager training course.


  • Online training, offered in English and French.
  • Training available for 90 days after the start of the viewing.
  • Registration must be made in the participant’s name if it is made by a third party.


  • Once you have completed the online training course, you can register directly for the MAPAQ exam.
  • The MAPAQ exam is conducted in person. It may involve variable fees depending on the region, non-refundable and non-transferable to a later date.
  • The participant has 1 year after the beginning of the training course to register for the exam.


$95 per person

Corporation tax credits

All ITHQ training course costs are eligible for the Employee training tax credit. They can also be recognized under the Act to promote workforce skills development and recognition. For more information, contact Revenu Québec.

Complement to the training course

Get the Hygiène et salubrité alimentaires textbook: a reference for all food services industry players.

Any questions?

514-282-5115, option 2
or toll-free at 1-800 361-5111, ext. 5115

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