Enhance your skills. Keep customers safe.
Food safety training is crucial for two main reasons:
- It enables you to meet your legal requirements
- It helps you protect your customers lives
If you're already working in the industry you've probably had some food safety training.
Now may be the ideal time to boost your expertise by completing a nationally recognised food safety course.
Why food safety should be your top priority
Some of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent times have occurred from simple mistakes such as someone not washing their hands properly.
If you cause a food-borne illness outbreak or don't follow food safety legislation the consequences can be serious. Here are just a few reasons why you need to make food safety your top priority:
It's your responsibility
When you prepare or serve food to someone, their safety is in your hands. You have a responsibility to protect them from getting sick (or worse) from food-borne illness.
It's a legal requirement
All food handlers must be trained in food safety. Plus, for most food businesses in Australia there needs to be one or more nominated Food Safety Supervisors. It's the law.
You need to be up-to-date
When food safety laws change or there's a product recall, you need to know. If you're an AIFS member, you'll receive all the information you need for two years after course completion.
You're a role model
If you've been at your workplace for a while, new employees will observe your actions and behave in the same way. By showing good food safety you'll be a role model for the whole business.
You'll impress your employer
Not only will your boss be confident that you're protecting the business and it's customers, they'll be impressed with the food safety signage you'll receive after completing an AIFS course.
You'll boost your career prospects
Having a nationally recognised course on your resume is impressive. Food Safety Supervisors are in high demand and this course may allow you to move into more senior or leadership roles.
Be aware of Food Safety Laws
Food Safety is governed by two sets of legislation - state and federal. Both are enforced at a local council level by Health Inspectors.
The federal legislation is governed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
It states that anyone who works with food must be trained in certain aspects of food safety at a level appropriate to their role.
Each state has it's own Food Safety Act that needs to be adhered to.
Legislation is strictest in NSW, QLD, VIC and ACT where it's mandatory to have a fully trained Food Safety Supervisor at every business location.
Your food safety training choices
The type of training best suited to you will depend on the job you have, your career aspirations and any legal requirements you are trying to meet. The two main courses to choose from are:
Food Handler Course
This course meets federal requirements that anyone who works with food needs food safety training.
It's important that you know how to handle food safely. This course covers all the basics and provides step-by-step instructions for working in a food environment.
Food Safety Supervisor Course
The Food Safety Supervisor Course meets specific state legislation in NSW, QLD, VIC and ACT.
Every food business in these states needs at least one nationally recognised Food Safety Supervisor on staff - so you'll always be in demand if you've completed this training.
How to choose the right course for you
Do compliance-guaranteed training
AIFS food safety training (standard and recertification) is approved to meet all federal, state and local legislation.
Check your food sector
Food Safety Supervisor training is sector-specific. Be sure to do the right course for the sector you work in.
NSW Food Authority approved
Obtain your NSW Food Authority certificate when you complete the official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course.
Make sure to keep your food safety skills up-to-date with AIFS Membership and regular refresher training.