The Official AIFS

Food Handler Course

Develop a strong foundation of food safety skills and stay compliant with the Food Standards Code when you train with AIFS.

In Australia, the Food Standards Code requires anyone who works with food to be trained in food safety.

When you study online with AIFS you will:

  • attain a nationally recognised skillset
  • complete your course faster
  • enjoy the many benefits of AIFS Membership

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Official AIFS Food Handler Course

Accepted as meeting all requirements of the Food Standards Code for Food Handlers.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Study online, whenever you want

Enjoy the convenience of doing your training anywhere, at any time of the day or night.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

100% recommended rating

Feel confident taking an AIFS course that 100% of students would recommend to a friend.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Get 12 months of free AIFS Membership

Receive updates, tools, resources and more to promote and boost your food handling knowledge.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Finish in a few hours, or take your time

Complete your food safety training in just a few hours, or take up to 12 months.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Receive your documents fast

Receive your documents within 48 hours of course completion. If you need them faster, just get in touch!

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Recognised throughout Australia

Be sure of acceptance with a course that's recognised throughout all of Australia.

Australian Institute of Food Safety

Get the support you need

Our qualified trainers are here to provide the support you need when you need it.

With AIFS, You Get More than Just a Training Course

Discover the complimentary member benefits for you and your food business

Trusted and Recommended Throughout Australia

Relied on by the Australian food industry for a quality training experience

Discover why Food Handlers love this course
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Trusted by thousands of companies
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Recommended by thousands of food workers
AIFS student Binu J
Binu J
Melbourne VIC

"It was simple to learn online. I found the assessment easy and the course very useful for food handling."

Australian Institute of Food Safety student Michael O
Michael O
Mudgee NSW

"I liked the simplicity of the course, but most notable was the speed and help from the support team."

Australian Institute of Food Safety student Jaymee O
Jaymee E
Scarsdale VI

"I liked that the course was very well written and that the assessment was easy to follow."

Course Outline

Develop a solid understanding of food safety in the workplace

When you enrol in the official AIFS Food Handler course, you have access to everything you need to gain a solid understanding of the basics of food safety. With AIFS there are

  • no hidden prerequisites
  • no hidden assessment requirements
  • no hidden fees or charges

Immediate Start

As soon as you sign up, you have instant access to your course.

As the entire training takes around 3 - 4 hours, some students sign up and complete the course on the same day.

If you prefer to take your time, we allow 12 months to complete the course and you can start and stop as often as you like.

Click on the 'Play' button below to watch a preview of the Food Handler course.

Be Trained for Your Food Industry Sector

Develop expert skills with sector-specific Food Handler training

Hospitality businesses prepare and serve food for customers to consume in house.

The unit of competency awarded for the Hospitality course is:

  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

When you complete the Food Handler course for the Hospitality sector, you're halfway to becoming a Food Safety Supervisor. Contact our support team if you'd like to discuss upgrading your training to attain the full Food Safety Supervisor skill set.

Training for food sectors

Industry-specific Food Handler training is offered for the Hospitality, Health & Community and Food Processing sectors.

When you complete any AIFS Food Handler training course, you'll receive a Statement of Attainment.

This lists the unit of competency you've attained. Different food sectors have different units.

What is a Food Handler?

Understand your responsibilities and legal requirements

Food Handler Course

A Food Handler is someone who's involved in a food handling activity like preparing, serving, packing, displaying and storing food.

Food Handlers are required to:

  • have basic knowledge of food safety and hygiene
  • be skilled in the tasks for which they are responsible for
  • understand the food safety hazards specific to their job

Anyone who handles food is considered a Food Handler and requires food safety training.

Anyone can enrol in the AIFS Food Handler course. There are no prerequisites and no prior food handling experience or knowledge is required.

Proper food safety training is critical for a wide range food handling tasks and roles in the food industry. Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced food worker, with AIFS Food Handler training you'll be able to:

  • meet the Food Standards Code requirement
  • attain nationally recognised training
  • develop safe food handling skills

Helping the Community

Your enrolment will help feed someone in need

1 in 10 Australians rely on food aid each year, yet in Australia we throw out $10bn of food annually. Together we can help to tackle this issue.

Your enrolment = 1 meal to a vulnerable person

We've partnered with OzHarvest to help deliver meals to people facing hunger issues in the Australian community.

When you sign up for an accredited AIFS course, we'll provide OzHarvest with the resources to donate a meal to someone in need.

Photo Credit: OzHarvest

Common Questions

Learn more about what our students ask about this course

How long does the course take to complete?

The online lessons, multiple choice quizzes and case studies take most people around three to four hours to complete.

How do I enrol in the course?

That's easy! Simply click on the blue 'Start Online Now' button on this page and follow the prompts. You'll be enrolled and ready to start in just a few minutes.

When will I get my Statement of Attainment?

Our assessors work full-time Monday to Friday and often process Statements of Attainment within a few hours of students completing the course.

Do I need to go somewhere for an exam?

No, you don't need to go anywhere. You can complete the entire course within the comfort of your own home and workplace, at a time that suits you.

Is this the course I need for my food business licence?

No. The training you need to complete to get a food business licence in NSW, QLD, VIC and ACT is the Food Safety Supervisor course.

Which food sector should I choose?

AIFS offers sector-specific Food Handler training for:

  • Hospitality
  • Health & Community
  • Food Processing

How do I select my food sector?

Simply click to enrol in the Food Handler course and then choose either the Hospitality, Health and Community or Food Processing sector.

Where can I learn more?

The Australian Institute of Food Safety provides comprehensive information about nationally recognised food safety training, as well as general food safety information.