Food Safety

Handling Food Hygienically (4N1119)

The purpose of this award is to ensure that the learner is fully capable of fulfilling the legal obligations and Food Safety Regulations in handling food. On successful completion of this course the learner will be able to carry out the correct procedures to safely provide food to the user. The benefits to the learner is that they can carry out safe food handling in any food related environment - manufacturing, catering and retail.

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Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. State the role of the employee in food hygiene and safety including personal hygiene, legal responsibilities and the use of protective clothing
  2. Outline how food is put at risk by chemical, physical and microbiological hazards, cross contamination and allergens
  3. List food borne illness and the factors which contribute to their expansion
  4. Describe how pests can be controlled in and around a food premises
  5. Outline the reasons for ensuring that correct temperatures are used in food preparation and production including the limitations of temperature control and procedures for recording food temperatures
  6. Use safe and hygienic food handling practices including HACCP, for food preparation, cleaning, waste disposal and pest prevention
  7. Refrain from unhygienic practices in food production
  8. Complete a range of basic food safety documents and records.

Programme Details

  • Award Title: Handling Food Hygienically (4N1119)

  • Duration: 100 Hours total, 24 hours directed learning, 76 hours self directed Learning.

  • Entry Requirements: None

  • Award Type: Minor Award

  • Framework Level: NFQ Level 4

  • Awarding Body: QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)

  • Assessment:
    1. Skill Demonstration
    2. Examination

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  • Price:€199 (Excluding Certification Fee)
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