If you plan on pursuing a career in food handling then partaking in a food handling course is definitely something you will need to do. No matter which position in the kitchen you plan on aiming for, this course is a necessary qualification to have and will be a requirement for your employer to have on file. Thanks to modern advancements in technology, these courses are now available online so you can take it from the comfort of your home.
Keeping in line with kitchen rules
To gain employment in a kitchen setting there are a variety of rules and regulations that you will need to know. Things like food and safety hygiene are the fundamentals, for example washing your hands and using a hair net. Following just after this would be food safety, such as keeping all kitchen areas clean and making sure that raw food items are far away from utensils and dishes about to be served.
It’s essential that all staff members are knowledgeable about potentially hazardous foods, such as meat and dairy that could potentially cause food poisoning if handled incorrectly. These kinds of areas are generally what is taught during a food handling course, and especially in regards to temperature of foods which is something that needs to be maintained throughout all areas of the food industry.
Finding a course and enrolling
Once you get to the enrolment stage for a food handling course, you’re already well on your way to gaining employment in your choice of position. Once enrolled, you will receive an ID to log in and get your classwork issued. Even if you cannot manage to finish it in a day, it will still be available at any point for you to come back and complete. Once you’ve completed and received your official certification, you can then print it and be completely ready to apply for any jobs. All this can be done in just under a day!
After the course
Once you’ve fully completed the course, the choice is yours. With the increased demand to jobs in the hospitality industry, there really is a huge range of areas you can look into that will offer you great benefits. You can even manage to travel with a lot of jobs in the industry that wouldn’t be available to do elsewhere.
There really is no downside to completing a food handling course online, you will not only save time by not having to venture into a building to complete it, but also money on transport and any other costs that would arise if you weren’t able to do it from the comfort of your home. Often you would also not be able to complete it in such a short time, so that is a huge plus. Savings in the fees for these courses also occurs from the point of view of the provider, as they do not have to provide a location to complete it in, so these savings are transferred onto you, the participant. Overall, a food handling course is a very valuable qualification to have and one that is highly recommended.
This article was written by Jim McNoughton, who did a safe Food Handling Course, and has been working in a restaurant for five years.