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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.

Hands on, practical & realistic scenarios - a truly outstanding first aid course.

Deb Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"The course was as good as I expected and provided a solid challenge. There was a good student to teacher ratio. The progression of skills was presented well. Jaimie is a great instructor - positive and honest with feedback."

Anonymous First-Aid Instructor Transfer Course, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Chris has a natural talent for teaching and is very knowledgeable. Also appreciated an excellent mustache.

James Rault Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Chris was great - dynamic, fun, professional - great teacher! Answered questions well and made sure everyone was content before continuing to other subject matter.

Carli Griffin Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Awesome course! Great instructor! I'm coming back!

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So happy I took this course. I would recommend it to others.

Amy Waines Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

The instructor was amazing! So energetic and funny - I highly enjoyed the course. I feel very knowledgeable and confident I can use what I've learned to aid those in need. Thanks!

Bryna Kennedy Emergency Childcare First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

A very engagin class that I, surprisingly, really enjoyed. Straightforward and easy to understand. Jason made the material seem a bit less scary and gave me more confidence. Thank you!

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The best CPR class I have ever attended. Thank you - lots of fun!!!

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