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A fun and stress-free food handling course for front line food service workers.

FoodSafe Level 1

FoodSafe Level 1

A fun and stress-free food handling course for front line food service workers.

The FOODSAFE Level 1 course is a must for anyone working in the food service industry. This is an interactive course designed for all front line food service workers - including cooks, servers, bussers, dishwashers and deli workers. Topics covered include foodborne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food, serving food, cleaning and sanitizing.

This FOODSAFE course meets the regulatory requirements for food workers in BC. The BC Health Act: Food Premises Regulation states that every operator of a food service establishment, and at least one employee on every shift, must hold a FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate, or a certificate from a course recognized as equivalent to FOODSAFE.

Full Course Length 8 hours View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

FOODSAFE Level 1 includes:

  • Foodborne Illness
  • Receiving and Storing Food
  • Preparing Food
  • Serving Food
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing


Can you do food safe online?

Yes, while we do regularly offer Foosafe Level 1 and Level 2 in our classrooms, we also offer an online Food Handler Training course which is recognized by the province of BC as an acceptable equivalent to Foodsafe Level 1. Here is a link:

Does Food Safe Level 1 expire?

Yes. Foodsafe Level 1 expires every 5 years, so you will need to retake the course every 5 years to maintain your certification.

How do I get a food safe certificate in BC?

You can take a course from a certified provider, or you can complete a certified online course. At Alert First Aid we offer public Foodsafe Level 1 and 2 courses in both Vancouver and Victoria, and if you have a group that needs to be certified, this can be arranged too. We also offer an online Food Handler Training course that is a recognized equivalent to Foodsafe Level 1 in BC here:


You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of the course valid for 90 days. Permanent certificates will follow by mail to the mailing address given on your registration form a few weeks after your course. Certificates are valid for 5 years.

Who should take this course?

  • Food service establishment operators and front line food service workers
  • cooks
  • servers
  • bussers
  • dishwashers
  • deli workers

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
FoodSafe Level 1 course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

The course was clear, well organized & interesting. The instructor was able & willing to fluidly answer questions & welcomed class participation. Props & scenarios were excellent, interesting & reflected very well potential mishaps

Virginia Beswick Emergency Childcare First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Wonderful - great instructor! Answered all questions with great detail. This course taught me much more info than I expected and it was done in a very fun and hands on way.

Cassandra Pleasance Emergency First-Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

It is great to have an instructor who has actually worked with kids in a child care setting! Very knowledgeable and fun.

Maria Ward Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Your fun energy made the course enjoyable. Thanks for keeping it up, it was a long day of classes for us so we appreciated it! 

Ryan Heron CPR HCP, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Excellent instructor! The BEST first aid course I have taken over the years. Thank you so much.

Barbara Boveu Emergency First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials

Chris was a fantastic teacher. He was patient with us and with all of our questions. I learned so much and was never bored! Thank you Chris and Alert First Aid.

Thea Cunningham Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Have done first aid before mostly book work. Liked the hands on work.

Willie Moon Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

Great teacher, excellent superbe instructor!!!

Fabiolah Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Awesome course. Covers a great amount. Charismatic & interesting instructors.

Jessica Noble Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very hands on course which made learning very helpful in real life situations! Awesome course + teacher!!

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