Level 3 Food Hygiene Course for Catering

Level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Catering
£125 +VAT

This Level 3 Food Hygiene Training Course is designed for managers and supervisors in the catering industry to help them understand their essential day-to-day responsibilities, including how to implement the basics of a HACCP food safety management system.

The course offers knowledge of food hygiene practice and legal responsibilities and provides further detail on the controls that can be implemented to ensure that the food handling process is as safe and hygienic as possible. The course uses a variety of written text, interactive exercises and video content to provide learners with an up-to-date knowledge of how to comply with food safety law.

  • Matches RSPH and CIEH level 3 syllabus
  • Matches REHIS Intermediate Food Hygiene Syllabus
  • Meets UK and EU legal requirements for food handlers
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA
  • Endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 8-10 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This Level 3 Food Hygiene course is suitable for managers and supervisors in all types of catering establishments, including restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, fast-food outlets, takeaways, mobile food trucks, kitchens, hospitals, schools and colleges.

The Level 3 Food Hygiene course is also recommended for catering businesses who are aiming to achieve a level 5 in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (formerly Scores on the Doors), understand more about the Safer Food, Better Business pack and have knowledge of how to implement an effective HACCP system.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs states that food handlers must be trained in food hygiene matters ‘commensurate with their work activities.' This Level 3 Supervising Food Safety course ensures you comply with this regulation by providing learners with detailed knowledge of food safety principles. It explains how to promote best practice in the workplace and the basics of implementing a HACCP food safety management system.

If you are a food handler below the level of manager or supervisor then the Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety training course is more suited to your needs.

This certified online training is ideal for people working in positions such as, but not limited to:

  • Head Chef / Head Cook
  • Catering / Restaurant Manager
  • Company Director
  • Business Owner
  • General Manager / Supervisor
  • Nursery Manager


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved
IoH Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Additionally, this course is endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality as providing independently-evaluated, quality content that teaches good practice standards.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Environmental Health Officers

This course has been audited and approved by Environmental Health Officers: the training materials have been independently reviewed and are verified as containing the necessary knowledge to achieve the level of training specified.

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Course content

1Introduction to Supervising Food Safety

Why food safety is important, who is most at risk, the foods that cause illness, key terms and the role of a supervisor.

2Food Safety Legislation

Current legislation, enforcing the law, fines and prosecution, due diligence, food business operator and employee responsibilities and investigating outbreaks of food-borne illness.

3Food Contamination

Physical, chemical, microbial and allergenic contamination, cross contamination and detecting contaminants.

4Controlling Contamination

Deliveries, food storage, stock control, recording and labelling, use by dates, best before dates, food preparation and cooking, food service and delivery and the role of a supervisor.

5Micro-Organisms, Food Poisoning and Viruses

Risks caused by spoilage organisms, bacterial growth (nutrients, moisture, activity, temperature, time and atmosphere), bacterial spores and toxins.

6Food Poisoning and Food-Borne Illness

Salmonella, clostridium perfringens, staphylococcus aureus, bacillus cereus, E.coli, clostridium botulinum, campylobacter enteritis, E.coli 0157, listeriosis, typhoid, dysentery and norovirus.

7Non-Bacterial Food Poisoning

Chemical food poisoning, metals, poisonous plants, poisonous fish and mycotoxins.

8Temperature Control

Safe temperatures, food deliveries, fridge and freezer temperatures, cooking temperature, reheating food, cooling food, hot and cold holding and cook-chill and cook-freeze.

9Checking, Verifying and Recording Temperatures

Measuring equipment, air temperature, how to take food temperatures and recording temperature checks.

10Food Preservation

Food spoilage, types of food preservation, high temperature preservation, dehydration, chemical and physical methods of preservation.

11Premises and Equipment Design

Premises design and layout, suitable workplace materials, lighting and ventilation, utilities, work equipment, fixtures and fitting and food storage areas.

12Waste, Cleaning and Disinfection

Storing waste, waste removal, benefits of cleaning, supervising cleaning, six stages of cleaning, cleaning chemicals, cleaning work equipment surfaces and cleaning schedules.

13Pest Control

Common pests, rats, mice, cockroaches, controlling pests and supervising pest control.

14Personal Hygiene

Supervisor responsibilities, monitoring standards, handwashing, skin infections and wounds, sickness, protective clothing, hair, jewellery and smoking and eating at work.

15Training Staff

Why training is important, levels of training, staff induction training, on-going training, staff training records and the role of management.

16Implementing a Food Safety Management System

Choose a HACCP team, describe the products and ingredients, identify the products' uses and consumers, construct a flow diagram, confirm the flow diagram in the premises, hazard analysis, determine critical control points, establish critical limits, monitor critical control points, establish corrective actions, establish verification procedures and record keeping.

17Food Safety Management Tools

Safer Food Better Business, management responsibilities, opening and closing checks, documenting the food safety system and further resources.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand why food hygiene and safety practices are essential for all food handlers in a catering environment.
  • Have awareness of the relevant food safety legislation and how it can be complied with.
  • Understand the different ways in which food can be contaminated and how these risks can be effectively controlled.
  • Have knowledge of the way that bacteria can affect food and make it unfit for consumption, plus know how to control the risk.
  • Be able to state the safe temperatures for cooking, chilling and freezing food and understand how to take temperature readings.
  • Understand the importance of cleaning schedules, managing waste and pest control.
  • Know what the law requires in regards to personal hygiene when working in a catering premises.
  • Understand the basics of implementing a HACCP food safety management system and recognise the tools that can be used to do so.


Once you have completed all of the online training material you will be able to take the online assessment. The assessment consists of 45 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked instantly so you will know whether you have passed as soon as you finish.

If you don't pass the assessment you can review the course material and take the assessment again as many times as necessary at no extra charge.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take Level 2 training before taking Level 3?

Not necessarily. Whilst having the fundamental knowledge provided by Level 2 Food Hygiene training would be beneficial, it is not a requirement that you complete it before attempting Level 3.

Do I have to take the course all at once?

No - whilst the course will take approximately 8-10 hours to complete in total, you can take the course at your own pace. Leave the course at any time and your progress will be saved automatically for you to return to. 

Does the course include a certificate?

Yes - upon completion of your training you'll be able to download a PDF copy of your certificate immediately whilst your formal certificate will be sent by 1st class post the next working day.