How To Improve Your Food Hygiene Rating

Duration 4 hours

Last audited 13th March 2023

CPD Approved IoH Approved
How to Improve Your Food Hygiene Rating
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£39 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

This course is designed for those who manage food premises, whether catering, retail or manufacturing, who want to improve their rating under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).

The FHRS is in place throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This course will help businesses to develop a thorough understanding of how the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme works so that they can apply the knowledge in their own workplace and aim towards achieving, and maintaining, a level 5 food hygiene rating.

The course also contains a downloadable checklist that you can use to assess the current conditions of your food premises and recognise where changes are needed to improve your food hygiene rating score.

100% online training

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Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Designed by Food Industry Experts

Accredited by CPD and endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality

Downloadable checklist

What you'll learn

  • Understand the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme scoring system.
  • Know how to achieve the highest level of 5 in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
  • Understand some of the common mistakes that food businesses make that can cause them to receive a low rating.
  • Recognise how to improve their food premises so that the highest rating can be achieved and maintained.

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Module 1: The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

What is the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, understanding the scoring system, your food hygiene rating, can I appeal, and food hygiene ratings in Scotland.

Module 2: How Hygienically Food Is Handled

Food premises requirements, interpretation of food hygiene regulations, download the checklists, personal hygiene, food handling equipment, physical and chemical contamination, and temperature control for chilled food, cooking and storage.

Module 3: Physical Conditions of the Business

Premises law, general premises requirements, toilets and hand washing requirements, cleaning, and pest control.

Module 4: Advice for Older Properties

Achieving level 5, layout of the premises, compliance with food safety procedures, floors and walls, pipework and paintwork, pest control, and confidence in management.

Module 5: Food Preparation Areas

Premises design and construction, food contact surfaces, shelving, food preparation areas, and temporary food preparation areas.

Module 6: Managing and Documenting Food Safety

Managing food hygiene, HACCP, staff training, daily routine, managing stock, managing supplies and contractors, management of food allergens, maintaining level 5, and download the checklists.

Module 7: Advice on E.Coli

Key considerations, separation, equipment, cleaning, hand washing, and cooking temperatures.

Module 8: Advice on Pest Control

Pest control using a contractor, in-house pest control best practice, daily and weekly procedures, recording products used, staff training, and pest control documentation.

Module 9: Advice on the Use of Eggs

Storage, handling eggs, cross-contamination, pooling eggs, pasteurised eggs, people at risk, risk assessment, key considerations, Class A eggs, weight grading, and packaging.

Module 10: Advice on the Storage of Oysters

Key considerations, receipt and delivery, storage, handling, food handlers and illness, and management procedures.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 10 questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This course is suitable for all employees of food premises in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - including catering, retail and manufacturing premises - who are looking to improve their food hygiene rating.

There are no prerequisites to the course, although it is recommended you have existing knowledge of food safety and hygiene procedures.

Written by experts

Paul Turner, Senior Environmental Health Officer

In partnership with

Paul Turner

Senior Environmental Health Officer

Paul Turner is a Senior Environmental Health Officer at North Yorkshire Council with a great passion for the highest standards of food safety. As well as holding a degree in Environmental Health and a HND in Applied Science (Biology) Paul has completed the following: Certificate of Registration with Environmental Health Officers Registration Board, Assessment of Professional Competence (CPD), ISO 9000:2000 Lead Auditor qualification and has Chartered status from CIEH.

Paul has 30 years of experience in the sector working for local authorities and is on the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) working group and is a Local Authority member of the FSA group contributing to their Register a Food Business (RAFB) service.

Paul is an experienced public speaker on food safety who has developed and delivered training on behalf of the Food Standards Agency and others in the sector as he continues his drive to ensure the highest standards of food safety.