Food Handler Certification

Food Handler Certification 

This course is intended for staff who serve  food to others


Please note, as of November 2, 2020, we have lifted the restrictions on registration limits for COMPASS eligible organizations. Organizations are now able to send an unlimited amount of staff through the Food Handler Certification course, on a first come first served basis. 

This course is approved under legislated food training requirements across Canada. All provinces have different regulations for food training requirements and you will receive province-specific content based on your location.

Important Note: You are required to pay for the registration fee up front, and upon employees successfully completing this course, including the final exam, and organizations submitting required documentation, you will be reimbursed by SARC at the SARC rate of $24.95 (plus GST). To be reimbursed, email a copy of the employee's Certificate of Completion for Food Handler Certification, and a copy of the paid invoice, to


After finishing the online component of the Food Handler Certification course, you are required to take a supervised exam (included with the course). Each person who takes a food safety examination in Canada must provide photo ID for identification purposes, and be supervised during the exam by an online proctor.

In order to successfully take the supervised examination online you must be in a quiet room, and have a webcam and microphone. This is a government requirement if not taking the final exam in-person. 

If you do not successfully pass the final exam, there is a $20 re-test fee, not covered by COMPASS.

Certification is valid for 5 years.

As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all Learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within 3-4 months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.

We're happy to announce that registration limits have been lifted, and organizations that have gone over these limits will be reimbursed!

1.  Lifting of Registration Limits:

  • Registration limits (five registrations) for this course have been lifted!
  • Until the end of the fiscal year – March 31, 2021, and on a first come first served basis, COMPASS organizations can train as many employees in the Food Handler Certification course as required.
  • PLEASE NOTE: All learners must complete the training by March 31, 2021.

2. Reimbursing Organizations:

  • When this course was implemented in May 2019, the number of employees who could be registered at no charge under COMPASS was limited.
  • If your organization has gone over the registration limit of five in this fiscal year, and paid registration fees for additional employees to complete, your organization will be reimbursed.
  • Food Handler Certification refunds will automatically be processed within 10 business days.

If you are a COMPASS eligible organization, please use the 'register - COMPASS' button in the top right corner.

Please do not pay for the course through our website. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to a third party website, where you can register and pay for the course. 

As a COMPASS eligible organization, you are eligible to be reimbursed for five (5) registration fees, at the SARC rate, in the 2020-2021 year.

If you are not a SARC Member, or are an affiliate SARC Member without COMPASS funding, please click on the 'register - non-COMPASS' button in the top right corner. 

You will be directed to the SARC Learning Central portal where you can purchase the program. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to a third party website and directions on how to access the course with a coupon code.


SARC Regular and Associate Members, and Affiliate Members with CLSD funding: Please register for this program using the Register through COMPASS button. You must enter your promo/coupon code upon checkout.

SARC Members: $24.95 plus GST ($28.19)

Other Organizations: $31.67 plus GST ($33.25)

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