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Food safety training courses

Our food safety training courses are open to food business owners and their employees.

We offer nationally-recognised qualifications that are delivered by specialist trainers who have industry experience or are current enforcement officers.

In House Training

Our specialist trainers can deliver cost effective in-house training courses to organisations and their staff at a time and location of your choice. This is a convenient way to provide staff training, all you need to do is provide a venue, refreshments and delegate list and we will do the rest. Please contact us on 01642 524789 for more information.


Free Level 2 Food Safety Training Courses

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Environmental Health Service is offering catering businesses across the borough the opportunity to gain a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering to help upskill their workforce, all free of charge.

This course will help you to:

  • gain an accredited qualification (Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance)
  • provide safe food and comply with legal requirements that food handlers are supervised and instructed and/or appropriately trained

You will also be able to receive advice from experienced qualified trainers and ask any questions.

Who is eligible for a free place?

All catering businesses who employ 1-50 staff within the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees including cafés, restaurants, takeaways, mobile food vendors and public house tenants are eligible to apply for 1 free place per business (additional paid places are available at £55pp).

250 free places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Course dates

The course dates are:

  • Thursday 9 November 2023
  • Tuesday 21 November 2023
  • Wednesday 13 December 2023
  • Monday 8 January 2024
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024
  • Friday 9 February 2024
  • Thursday 29 February 2024
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Monday 18 March 2024

To book a free place, contact Moira Smart on 01642 526597 or email


Food Allergen Training

Since 2014, caterers have had to comply with new regulations with regards to listing allergens for their entire menus. This course covers everything your business needs to know to comply with the EU Food Information Regulations including prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food.

Our training covers:

  • common allergens and intolerances
  • control of contamination and cross-contamination of allergenic ingredients
  • procedures relating to the accurate communication of ingredient information - from supplier to consumer


The course lasts 1 day.


£50 per person (accredited by SBC)


Allergen Awareness Training

This in house course is designed to provide persons handling allergens with an awareness of the importance of allergen control. The training can be tailored for various sectors including restaurants, takeaways, schools and early years settings.


Half day training


£250 for up to 20 delegates


HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training

This course has been designed to provide an introduction to teaching for individuals who would like to work or currently work in Further Education colleges or independent training providers. It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, such as individuals not currently teaching or training - achievement of the qualification does not require practice other than microteaching.


Minimum 48 hours guided learning.


Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and Manufacturing

This qualification focuses on the needs of the food handlers in the catering, hospitality and manufacturing sectors. It enables employees to take responsibility for the following food safety procedures, to receive and store food safety and to keep themselves clean and hygienic.

Completing this course will allow you to progress onto Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety.

Duration and dates

The course lasts one day and will run as follows in 2024:

  • Monday 18 March
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Monday 20 May
  • Thursday 20 June
  • Monday 22 July
  • Thursday 5 September
  • Monday 30 September
  • Wednesday 16 October
  • Thursday 7 November
  • Tuesday 3 December


20 multiple choice examination paper 


£55 per person.


The course takes place at Stockton Sixth Form College.


Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering and Manufacturing

This three-day course provides an opportunity to look more deeply into food safety.

Topics include ensuring compliance with food safety legislation, the application and monitoring of good hygiene practice, how to implement food safety management procedures and the application and monitoring of good practice regarding contamination, microbiology and temperature control.


The dates the course will take place are:

  • Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Monday 13 May 2024
  • Friday 17 May 2024


45 multiple choice questions


£290 per person


The course takes place at Stockton Sixth Form College (Bishopton Road West).

For further information please contact Moira Smart (Training Consultant) on 01642 526597.


Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety

This course is designed with management accountability in mind. It is intended to provide those in managerial or supervisory positions with appropriate knowledge to ensure that their company operates in a hygienic and efficient way.

Completing this course allows you to deliver the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course.


The course lasts 5.5 days.


£500 per person and cost of exam paper and course book.


Level 2 Award in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles

This qualification is for people who work in the food industry who require an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP).


The course lasts 1 day.


£75 per person.


There is an examination paper that consists of 15 multiple choice questions. 


Level 3 Award in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

This course expands on the fundamentals in the Level 2 HACCP course and is suitable for supervisors, managers, chefs and HACCP team members.


The course lasts 3 days.


£400 per person.


There is an examination paper consisting of 30 multiple choice questions. 


Level 2 Award in Nutrition (Healthier Food and Special Diets)

This course provides a basic understanding of nutrition and is targeted towards catering establishments involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients.

Completing this course with allow you to progress onto Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Healthier Foods and Special Diets.


The course will last 1 day.


£65 per person.


There is an examination paper consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. 


Find out more

Contact us to find out more about our courses and apply to attend on 01642 524789.