What's included


Immediate online course access, so you can study at your own pace on any device, anywhere.

Course Notes

Course notes and practice tests, to equip you with all the learning materials you need.

Online Final Exam

The online final exam, which includes an unlimited number of exam attempts.

Digital Certificate

A digital certificate, so there's no need to worry about losing a paper copy.

Free Gift

A downloadable Food Safety Resource kit as an added bonus.


Support via email and telephone to answer any questions you might have.

How it works


Study: You'll have 30-day unlimited access to the online course.


Pass: When ready, complete the multiple choice final exam online.


You're certified: You’ll receive your certificate by email in minutes.

What you'll learn


Understanding food contamination


Food-borne illness & allergy management


Food safety laws & responsibilities


Personal hygiene & workplace behaviour


Time & temperature control


Proper cleaning & sanitizing methods


Maintaining food premises & equipment


Purchasing, receiving, storing food safely


Safe preparation of food


Serving & dispensing food safely


Managing your food safety plan


HACCP and its 7 principles

What they’re saying

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Common questions

The ServeWell Food Handler Certificate course is currently accepted and approved in:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Yes, the Food Handler Certificate course is 100% online and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All of the lessons and quizzes are completed online. The final assessment is an online exam which is supervised by a certified proctor via webcam.

There is no need to visit a classroom or exam centre for any part of the ServeWell course.

As soon as you pass your final exam, you can request your certificate. Students typically receive their certificate by email within an hour after making the request.

Whether you print out your certificate or not, we recommend that you save a copy of your digital certificate so that it's easily accessible in the future. Your course will expire after 30 days, so ensure you have a saved copy before this date.

No, there are no other fees. The fee of $74.95 (plus GST/HST) includes everything you need to get certified. This includes:

  • the course
  • the final exam
  • exam proctoring
  • an unlimited number of exam retakes
  • the official ServeWell Food Handler Certificate
  • all required course material and learning resources
  • plus, a free Food Safety resource kit for download

The online lessons and multiple choice quizzes take most students 8 hours to complete.

How long it takes you to complete the course will vary depending on your food handling experience, English language skills and computer literacy. Remember, you don’t need to complete the course all at once. Start and stop as often as you need.

The final exam takes up to an hour. A certified proctor will supervise your exam remotely via a webcam on your computer. There’s no need to book your exam in advance as sessions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You have 30 days from the date of enrolment to complete the course, including the final exam (and any exam retakes required). After 30 days, your course and course access will expire.

You will need to take the exam in a quiet place with no one around. If your family or co-workers are within the vicinity of where you are taking the exam, let them know that you’re engaged in a proctored exam beforehand and cannot be distracted or disturbed.

If you interact with anyone or if the proctor sees someone in the background, you can be suspected of cheating and your exam will be canceled.

To write the exam you will need:

  • a computer equipped with a webcam
  • a quiet room with no people nearby
  • no headphones, cell phones, notebooks or papers
  • a piece of government-issued photo ID

When you click on 'Begin Final Exam' you will be connected to a proctor. Once your identity is validated, you may begin the exam.

The proctor will observe you through a webcam while you take the exam. Headphones, headsets, cell phones, notes, papers and external monitors are not permitted during the exam. You are not allowed to talk to others, leave the room or take notes. Any of these actions can constitute cheating and your exam being canceled.

It's easy to complete your Food Handler Certification course. All you will need is:

  • Access to an internet-enabled device
  • A modern web browser with Javascript enabled
  • A computer with webcam (for final exam)
  • Basic English language literacy and numeracy skills

Become a Food Handler for only $74.95

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"The course was easy to navigate with exceptional learning tools."
- Cam from Ottawa, ON
30 day unlimited course access

30 day unlimited course access

Certificates issued same-day

Certificates issued same-day

Includes the online exam

Online exam with unlimited attempts

Bonus: Food Safety Resource kit

Bonus: Food Safety Resource kit

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