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Information for Food Handlers

SFA Information for Food Handlers

According to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a food handler is defined as any individual who handles and prepares food and drinks in licensed food establishments. This includes chefs, sous chefs, cooks, kitchen assistants, food stall assistants, and food manufacturing workers, who are primarily involved in food manufacturing and preparation processes, including culturing, canning, deboning, cutting, defrosting, cooking, and packing of food in raw or cooked form.

On the other hand, individuals such as managers (e.g. restaurant manager, operations manager, food manufacturing factory manager, quality assurance/control manager), captains, waiters, cashiers, dishwashers, cleaners, logistics staff, maintenance staff, technologists (e.g. food technologist, laboratory technologist, quality assurance/control technologist), and other service staff are generally not considered food handlers as they do not directly participate in food manufacturing and preparation. However, they may be categorized as food handlers if they are also involved in the handling and preparation of food and beverages.

Registration of food handlers

To work in a food establishment licensed by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), food handlers must be registered with the SFA. Licensees can update the details of their food handlers by logging in to the GoBusiness Licensing website using their CorpPass (for company licenses) or SingPass (for individual licenses), searching for the License, then selecting Action and Amend.

The WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1 is a training program that was launched on July 12, 2006, by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), formerly known as the Workforce Development Agency (WDA). It is the national qualifications system for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry, with a harmonized training curriculum and assessment across both retail and non-retail food businesses. As of November 30, 2020, the Basic Food Hygiene Course has been renamed the WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1 to align with the refreshed SSG Skills Framework (SFw) for Food Services.

Starting January 1, 2023, all food handlers working in both retail and non-retail food businesses will be required to pass the WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1. To meet this requirement, food handlers can choose any one of the three training options available, as indicated in Table 1.

However, in response to industry feedback, the SFA has extended the compliance date for food handler training and registration to July 1, 2023. After this date, non-compliant non-retail food establishments may face enforcement actions, and no further extensions will be granted.

Table 1: Training options to meet WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1 training requirement

Training OptionDuration
WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1 (FSC L1)6 hours training + 1.5 hour assessment
WSQ FSC L1 (Refresher)3 hours training + 1.5 hour assessment
WSQ FSC L1 (Assessment Only Pathway)*1.5 hour assessment

* Participants undergo the assessment without attending training.

Upon successful completion of the assessment for any of the above training options, a Statement of Attainment (SOA) issued by SSG will be awarded to the participants.

Refresher training requirement

To ensure that food handlers continue to practice good hygiene, the refresher food hygiene training course for food handlers was launched in October 2010. The requirements for refresher training were revised, with effect from 1 October 2014, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Revised refresher training requirements

Refresher TrainingCompliance
1st refresher trainingBy 5th year from the date of first passing the WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1
2nd and subsequent refresher trainingEvery 10th year from the date of passing the last refresher training

With effect from 1 October 2014, the refresher training for food handlers was aligned with WSQ standards. To meet the requirements for refresher training, food handlers can choose any one of the four training options available, as shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Training options to meet refresher training requirements

Training OptionDuration
WSQ Food Safety Course Level 1 (FSC L1) 6 hours training + 1.5 hour assessment 
WSQ FSC L1 (Refresher) 3 hours training + 1.5 hour assessment
WSQ FSC L1 Assessment Only Pathway 1.5 hour assessment
WSQ Food Safety Course Level 2 (FSC L2)6 hours training + 1.5 hour assessment

After completing any of the aforementioned training options and passing the assessment, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA), which certifies that they have satisfied the requirement for refresher training for food handlers. Thereafter, they are only required to attend their next refresher training by the 10th year from the date of passing the course, and the same training options will be available.

SFA still recognizes the Refresher Food Hygiene Course certificate that was issued by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) between October 2010 and June 2014. If food handlers have obtained the ITE Refresher Food Hygiene Course certificate, they will only need to attend their next refresher training 10 years from the date that the certificate was awarded.

Cessation of mandatory typhoid vaccination

In consultation with the Ministry of Health (MOH), SFA no longer requires food handlers to undergo mandatory typhoid vaccination and tuberculosis screening with effect from 27th September 2010.

For inquiries regarding regulatory requirements on food handlers, please fill in the Online Feedback Form

Source: SFA website

Visit our Food Safety Courses for more information about Food and Beverage industry-related courses.

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Keline jacq14Keline jacq14
09:37 01 Feb 24
Very good course👍👍
Resti YResti Y
09:36 01 Feb 24
Thank you Cikgu Juriah for teaching me patiently and well, it's easy to understand everything you say.
Shafiq ShafiqShafiq Shafiq
09:33 01 Feb 24
Great place to do my food safety course.Kudos to my teacher Ms Juriah for the fun and engaging class👍
Rista RahmanRista Rahman
09:27 01 Feb 24
Our facilitator Mr Anandan is very knowledgeable and got sense of humour. You won’t fall asleep totally. Staff are very helpful especially Wendy and the rest at the reception counter. Recommended ❤️
Ernie RahmanErnie Rahman
07:39 26 Jan 24
Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
Claudine YeongClaudine Yeong
09:51 24 Jan 24
Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
Lis ChoeLis Choe
10:37 22 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 course at Toa Payoh on 19 Jan 2024. The class was handled by SHIRLEY WONG (ASHLEY). Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Shirley was not only very clear in her delivery of the course material, but she was a very engaging instructor. Whilst communicating the seriousness of food safety and hygiene, she managed to bring humour and lightness to the class which could otherwise have been boring.Thank you Shirley !!
rachael francisrachael francis
05:31 17 Jan 24
Attended Food and Safety Level 3 and trainer Audrey was very good and clear with her explanation. Very friendly. She's very patient when explaining. Highly recommended. Course centre is also clean and easy to find your way. Convenient as there are many shops located around.
Chicken BruhChicken Bruh
08:03 14 Jan 24
veri gud the cher is very nice explain in all languages
Katherine ChiaKatherine Chia
07:01 14 Jan 24
Swiss LamSwiss Lam
07:00 14 Jan 24
Our instructor, William makes the lesson lively and very informative! I enjoyed it.
azlan Shamanazlan Shaman
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me, customer managementEffective WSH LEVEL3Instructor,Jonathan loh is very Good.
Raaj's fun checkRaaj's fun check
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me,Customer managementEffectiveness managementWSH level 3Instructor ,Jonathan Lohan is very good
IRENE YUENIRENE YUEN
11:08 09 Jan 24
Attended the Food hygiene level 1 at Toa Payoh outlet. Convenient location & clean environment.Mr Loo Hee Jin is our trainer for the day. Very glad to attend his lesson. He is very professional, knowledgeable & also a very patience trainer. His explanation is clear and direct to the point. Easily understand with his extra example.Attended the class in a relax & comfortable environment.Strongly recommend.
Jessie KhooGanJessie KhooGan
11:54 04 Jan 24
Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
Raine FooRaine Foo
16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
Loh seng chouLoh seng chou
05:11 07 Nov 23
Staff were friendly and helpful.They took pains in explaining the contents of the coursrA good place to improve myself.
Irene TanIrene Tan
06:21 02 Oct 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for class on 01 Oct 23 from 9am to 6pm thank you.I am Irene Tan Lee Peng and I understand everything and really enjoying your lesson so much 🥰 really appreciate 😃.
Ying LimYing Lim
09:41 28 Sep 23
Great place to utilise your Skillsfuture Credit to upskill yourself. Convenient location at Toa Payoh Central, Jurong East Central and Tampines Central!
Ivy TiongIvy Tiong
03:07 15 Jul 23
I wanted to attend Basis Food Hygiene course n has found Coursemology online that allows me to use my Skillfuture Credit to pay for the course fees. $0 from my own pocket. The staff, Wendy is very helpful. With her assistance, I hv no problem with my registration. 👍
SasaSasa
17:30 28 Jun 23
I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
08:50 26 Feb 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for today 26feb23 thank you I am wenyi is teachable teacher and i understand everything and enjoying your lesson so much 😊 really appreciate that.
Ben HanBen Han
18:30 03 Jan 23
Coursemology provides a wide range of massage courses with flexible training schedules..Sales manager , Rachel Lip, assisted me quickly and positively with both my course enquiries as well as the registration of my chosen massage course in a fuss free manner..So for my friends out there...If you are looking to enrol for serious massage courses..Coursemology is your recommended choice...RegardsBen Han
Devaghi ATDevaghi AT
00:35 15 Aug 22
The trainers were very Knowledgeable n conducted the session to participants understanding. Friendly n approachable. Motivational approach during practicals. I benefited from Course. Tq, trainers.
Mohd IqbalMohd Iqbal
09:58 24 May 22
My Food and Hygiene course here was superb! Instructor is very helpful to ensure you understand the importance of Cleanliness and Safety in the kitchen. I highly recommend Coursemology.
MattMatt
02:58 12 May 22
Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
Keline jacq14Keline jacq14
09:37 01 Feb 24
Very good course👍👍
Resti YResti Y
09:36 01 Feb 24
Thank you Cikgu Juriah for teaching me patiently and well, it's easy to understand everything you say.
Shafiq ShafiqShafiq Shafiq
09:33 01 Feb 24
Great place to do my food safety course.Kudos to my teacher Ms Juriah for the fun and engaging class👍
Rista RahmanRista Rahman
09:27 01 Feb 24
Our facilitator Mr Anandan is very knowledgeable and got sense of humour. You won’t fall asleep totally. Staff are very helpful especially Wendy and the rest at the reception counter. Recommended ❤️
Ernie RahmanErnie Rahman
07:39 26 Jan 24
Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
Claudine YeongClaudine Yeong
09:51 24 Jan 24
Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
Lis ChoeLis Choe
10:37 22 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 course at Toa Payoh on 19 Jan 2024. The class was handled by SHIRLEY WONG (ASHLEY). Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Shirley was not only very clear in her delivery of the course material, but she was a very engaging instructor. Whilst communicating the seriousness of food safety and hygiene, she managed to bring humour and lightness to the class which could otherwise have been boring.Thank you Shirley !!
rachael francisrachael francis
05:31 17 Jan 24
Attended Food and Safety Level 3 and trainer Audrey was very good and clear with her explanation. Very friendly. She's very patient when explaining. Highly recommended. Course centre is also clean and easy to find your way. Convenient as there are many shops located around.
Chicken BruhChicken Bruh
08:03 14 Jan 24
veri gud the cher is very nice explain in all languages
Katherine ChiaKatherine Chia
07:01 14 Jan 24
Swiss LamSwiss Lam
07:00 14 Jan 24
Our instructor, William makes the lesson lively and very informative! I enjoyed it.
azlan Shamanazlan Shaman
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me, customer managementEffective WSH LEVEL3Instructor,Jonathan loh is very Good.
Raaj's fun checkRaaj's fun check
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me,Customer managementEffectiveness managementWSH level 3Instructor ,Jonathan Lohan is very good
IRENE YUENIRENE YUEN
11:08 09 Jan 24
Attended the Food hygiene level 1 at Toa Payoh outlet. Convenient location & clean environment.Mr Loo Hee Jin is our trainer for the day. Very glad to attend his lesson. He is very professional, knowledgeable & also a very patience trainer. His explanation is clear and direct to the point. Easily understand with his extra example.Attended the class in a relax & comfortable environment.Strongly recommend.
Jessie KhooGanJessie KhooGan
11:54 04 Jan 24
Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
Raine FooRaine Foo
16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
Loh seng chouLoh seng chou
05:11 07 Nov 23
Staff were friendly and helpful.They took pains in explaining the contents of the coursrA good place to improve myself.
Irene TanIrene Tan
06:21 02 Oct 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for class on 01 Oct 23 from 9am to 6pm thank you.I am Irene Tan Lee Peng and I understand everything and really enjoying your lesson so much 🥰 really appreciate 😃.
Ying LimYing Lim
09:41 28 Sep 23
Great place to utilise your Skillsfuture Credit to upskill yourself. Convenient location at Toa Payoh Central, Jurong East Central and Tampines Central!
Ivy TiongIvy Tiong
03:07 15 Jul 23
I wanted to attend Basis Food Hygiene course n has found Coursemology online that allows me to use my Skillfuture Credit to pay for the course fees. $0 from my own pocket. The staff, Wendy is very helpful. With her assistance, I hv no problem with my registration. 👍
SasaSasa
17:30 28 Jun 23
I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
08:50 26 Feb 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for today 26feb23 thank you I am wenyi is teachable teacher and i understand everything and enjoying your lesson so much 😊 really appreciate that.
Ben HanBen Han
18:30 03 Jan 23
Coursemology provides a wide range of massage courses with flexible training schedules..Sales manager , Rachel Lip, assisted me quickly and positively with both my course enquiries as well as the registration of my chosen massage course in a fuss free manner..So for my friends out there...If you are looking to enrol for serious massage courses..Coursemology is your recommended choice...RegardsBen Han
Devaghi ATDevaghi AT
00:35 15 Aug 22
The trainers were very Knowledgeable n conducted the session to participants understanding. Friendly n approachable. Motivational approach during practicals. I benefited from Course. Tq, trainers.
Mohd IqbalMohd Iqbal
09:58 24 May 22
My Food and Hygiene course here was superb! Instructor is very helpful to ensure you understand the importance of Cleanliness and Safety in the kitchen. I highly recommend Coursemology.
MattMatt
02:58 12 May 22
Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
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