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- Joint ITE-NEA Certificate in Food Hygiene for Food Handlers
The Refresher Food Hygiene Course was introduced in October 2010 by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to raise the standard of food hygiene in food establishments.
Certified food handlers are required to undergo the Refresher Food Hygiene Course once every 3 years, to ensure that they still observe good food hygiene practices and are kept up-to-date on NEA’s policies and the best practices in handling food. This would help food handlers avoid committing food hygiene infringements. The requirement for refresher training has been rolled out for the following premises, and will progressively include other categories of licensed premises:
- Restaurants permitted to cater
- School Canteens
Food handlers working in food establishments who have passed the Basic Food Hygiene Course 3 years or more ago are required to undergo the compulsory refresher training.
Training & Assessment
The Refresher Food Hygiene Course is currently conducted by ITE. The course comprises 3 hours of training followed by a 1 hour assessment.
From 1 Apr 2012, food handlers may also choose to take the assessment only if they have received regular training on good food hygiene practices in the course of their work.
Eligibility Criteria for Assessment Only
Food handlers are advised to meet the following eligibility criteria before applying for Assessment Only for the Refresher Food Hygiene Course (RFHC):
- Minimum Primary 6 Education
- Able to read and understand English/Chinese/Malay
- Basic computer literacy (applicable for online assessment only)
Food handlers who opted for Assessment Only and fail their first attempt are required to undergo the Refresher Food Hygiene Course at ITE. Food handlers who fail the assessment after 2 attempts would be required to undergo the WSQ Follow Food & Beverage Safety and Hygiene Policies and Procedures course.
NEA has published a handbook for food handlers, containing information on how to prepare and handle food safely and to maintain the cleanliness of the licensed premises. The handbook can be downloaded here. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Joint ITE-NEA Certificate of Achievement (COA) in Food Hygiene for Food Handlers is issued if a food handler passes the assessment.
The course is conducted at ITE HQ & ITE College Central, ITE College East and ITE College West. Click on the links for details on how to reach the venues.
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ITE College East
ITE College West
ITE HQ & ITE College Central
The fees for the Food Hygiene Refresher training and assessment with effect from 1 Apr 2012 are as follows:
Fee (inclusive of GST)
Training and Assessment
You may apply through post or personally at our Customer Service Centres. Class confirmation will be made 1 to 2 weeks before course commencement.
You can register by completing and mailing the application form (excel format) [or pdf format] together with cheque payment to the following address:
Industry Training Programme Dept
Institute of Technical Education (ITE)
2 Ang Mo Kio Drive
Please cross your cheque made payable to Institute of Technical Education. At the back of the cheque, please write your name, NRIC No/FIN, course title, contact number and email address.
You can also register at any of our Customer Service Centres, in person. Please bring along all relevant documents, including:
- Your NRIC or Work Pass; and
- The relevant fee (NETS, VISA, Mastercard, cheque or cash accepted)
Withdrawal & Refund
Request for withdrawal must be made in writing and mailed to the Industry Training Programme Dept, ITE Headquarters or submitted to any of the ITE Customer Service Centres. Charges will be imposed as follows:
Date when withdrawal request is received
|2 weeks or more before class start date
||No charge (Full refund)
|Less than 2 weeks before class start date
||50% of fee
|On or after class start date
||100% of fee (No refund)
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