The Official AIFS

Introduction to Food Safety

For those who want to get some basic food safety skills before starting to work with food, this intro course is the perfect stepping stone to the next level.


Getting the basics right early is important for workers starting out in the food industry.

This user-friendly course teaches food workers all the skills and knowledge that they need to prepare and handle food safely.

If you're looking to get started in the industry, but don't have any experience, then this is the right course for you.


Study online, whenever you want

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


No need for practical work

No need to demonstrate any practical skills to get your certificate.


Finish in a few hours, or take your time

Complete your course in 1 - 2 hours, or take up to 12 months.


Accessible throughout Australia

Complete your food safety training from anywhere with an internet connection.


99% recommended rating

Feel confident taking a course that 99% of students would recommend to a friend.


Receive your documents fast

We'll send your documents a few hours after course completion, or even faster if needed urgently.

What's Included

With AIFS, you get more than just a training course...

Trusted and recommended throughout Australia

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

Discover why our students love this course...

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Trusted by thousands of companies...

Recommended by thousands of food workers...

Binu J
Melbourne VIC

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

Michael O
Mudgee NSW

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

Jaymee E
Scarsdale VIC

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

Course Outline

All the food safety basics, all in one course.

When you enrol onto the Introduction to Food Safety course, you have access to everything you need to start working with food safely

With AIFS there are:

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

Start immediately, or at your leisure

As soon as you enrol, you have instant access to the course.

As the entire training takes around 1 - 2 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.

The course contains 4 lessons to help you understand food safety:

  • Lesson 1 - Food Safety Laws & Responsibilities
  • Lesson 2 - Understanding Food Safety
  • Lesson 3 - Maintaining a Clean Workplace
  • Lesson 4 - Personal Hygiene

At the end of each lesson, there's a multiple choice quiz. You have 5 attempts at each quiz and must score 100% to move onto the next lesson. If you don't pass the quiz after 5 attempts, simply get in touch and we'll help you progress to the next section.

You need to make sure that you have the following in order to be able to complete the Introduction to Food Safety course:

1. A modern web browser

At AIFS we use some of the latest eLearning technologies to deliver the courses. You will need to have a modern web browser to view and complete the course (Google Chrome is recommended), and it's important that you have Javascript enabled.

2. An email address

During the registration process, we will ask you for your email address. This is a mandatory requirement for you to be able to access our systems. Email addresses cannot be shared by students.

3. Adobe PDF Reader or Adobe Acrobat

Some of the forms that you need to complete (such as the Observer Report) are in PDF format. To get the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader, go here.

AIFS courses work on most computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Common Questions

Learn more about what our students ask about this course...

How long does the course take to complete?

Most students complete the Introduction to Food Safety course in just 1 to 2 hours, although we give you up to twelve months to complete the course.

Even after you finish the course you have access for one year after the date you enrolled so you can go back and check information at any time.

How do I enrol onto 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.

All you need to do is supply some basic details (like your name and address) and your credit/debit card information.

If you'd prefer to enrol over the phone, that's no problem. Just give us a call on 1300 797 020 and we'll help you to get started.

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.

When you complete the Food Safety Supervisor course, you're issued with a Statement of Attainment containing details of the the units of competency you've obtained. If you're in New South Wales, you'll also get a NSW Food Authority certificate.

These documents are what you need to present to your local council to nominate a Food Safety Supervisor and get your food business licence.

Where can I learn more?

The Australian Institute of Food Safety has an extensive Resource Centre which includes news, articles, a blog, and a comprehensive FAQ section.

In the Resource Centre, we've tried to address the most common questions we get asked as well as the more obscure ones!

If you still can't find what you need then get in touch via email or phone and we'll be happy to help.