Is a FOODSAFE certificate required for my job?

Refer to the BC Public Health Act: Food Premises Regulation on our Take a course page.

How will I receive my certificate?

FOODSAFE and MarketSafe certificates are issued by British Columbia's Regional Health Authorities.

How long will my certificate take to arrive?

If you haven't received your certificate 4-6 weeks after completing your course, contact the Health Authority responsible for issuing your certificate.

If you require immediate confirmation that you passed the FOODSAFE Level 1 exam before you receive your certificate, be sure to ask your instructor for a Temporary FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate before you leave the class.

If you take the FOODSAFE Level 1 course online and pass the exam, you will be able to print your own Temporary certificate.

Does my FOODSAFE certificate expire?

As of July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in British Columbia have a five-year expiry date. FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013,are valid until July 29, 2018. To help FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate holders keep their food safety knowledge up to date, a short FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher course is offered online by Open School BC. The approximately three-hour Refresher course covers all the essentials of the FOODSAFE Level 1 training program. A grade of 80% must be achieved in the exam to be recertified.

I lost my certificate. Can I get a replacement?

You may request a replacement certificate by contacting any Health Authority office in the province.

Who can I contact with questions about my certificate?

Each Regional Health Authority has a FOODSAFE contact specific to certificates. Select your region on the map below to view their contact information.

I took a food safety training course outside of B.C. Is my certificate equivalent to B.C.'s FOODSAFE Level 1?

Check the BC Centre for Disease Control's list of Food handler training courses that are equivalent to FOODSAFE Level 1.


How do I register for a course?

Registration links are available from the individual course pages. See Take a course.

How do I pay for a course?

Payment options are explained on the course provider's registration page.

How long will my course take?

Classroom Online Correspondence
FOODSAFE Level 1 8 hours up to 20 days up to 6 months
Level 1 Refresher n/a up to 10 days n/a
FOODSAFE Level 2 12 hours (2 days) up to 28 days n/a
MarketSafe 6.5 hours up to 10 days n/a

How do I contact my course provider?

If you registered for a classroom course, contact information is available on the course search page. If you registered for an online course, contact Open School BC. If you registered for a correspondence course, contact go2HR.


Who do I submit my instructor application to?

Email your completed PDF application form to your local Health Authority's general FOODSAFE contact. Find the contact for your region.

How do I access FOODSAFE and MarketSafe instructor and student learning materials?

Crown Publications, Queen's Printer (QP) publishes and distributes FOODSAFE and MarketSafe curriculum products.

The exam was not included with my Instructor Kit, where can I get it?

Certified FOODSAFE instructors may request the exam(s) from the Regional Health Authority that issued their instructor certificates. General contact information for each Health Authority is available by selecting the appropriate region from the map below.

Instructors Outside of BC: Contact your local government agency responsible for food safety training in your province to request FOODSAFE exams.

I am a certified FOODSAFE (or MarketSafe) instructor. How can I add my name to the "Find a FOODSAFE instructor" list?

Contact the Health Authority that issued your instructor certification and request a FOODSAFE website instructor login account. Login to the website and complete and save your instructor profile. To maintain an active account, you must login every 12 months.

How can I list my courses on the FOODSAFE website?

Contact the Health Authority that issued your instructor certification and request a FOODSAFE website organization login account. Login to the website and complete and save your organization profile. Click on the New Courses link and complete and save the course form. To maintain an active account, you must login every 12 months.

Does my instructor certificate expire?

FOODSAFE instructor certificates have a five-year expiry date. To renew your instructor certification, contact your Health Authority.

Who to contact

There are FOODSAFE contacts in each of BC's Regional Health Authorities. Click on your region on the map below to view contact information for your Health Authority.

Fraser Health


General Foodsafe Contact

Island Health


Certificate Contacts

  • Health Protection and Environmental Services foodsafe@viha.ca
  • Comox Valley 250-331-8518
  • Duncan 250-737-2017
  • Nanaimo 250-755-6215
  • Victoria 250-519-3401

General FOODSAFE Contact

Northern Health

Interior Health


Certificate Contacts

  • East Kootenay 250-420-2230
  • Kootenay Boundary 250-505-7206
  • Thompson 250-851-7340
  • Cariboo 250-395-7676
  • South Okanagan 250-770-5540, Fax 250-493-0041
  • North Okanagan 250-549-5707
  • Shuswap 250-833-4106

General FOODSAFE Contacts

Vancouver Coastal Health


Certificate Contacts

  • North Shore 604-983-6793
  • Vancouver 604-675-3800
  • Richmond 604-233-3147
  • Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton (Sea to Sky) 604-892-2293
  • Powell River 604-485-3310 ext 4524
  • Sunshine Coast 604-885-5164

General FOODSAFE Contacts