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Level 2 HACCP Training Course

  • Meet the UK training requirements for food handlers
  • Interactive and engaging with colourful animation
  • Online, self-paced and in your own time
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Course Overview

This online Level 2 HACCP training course will teach learners about the HACCP system of food safety management, covering all the main principles and practices; giving learners the knowledge and confidence to successfully implement and monitor HACCP food safety practices in their workplace.

The course is ideal for anyone working in a food business or tasked with activities identified in the HACCP system, (such as recording temperatures, data collection, etc.)

Developed by NASA in the early 50's, HACCP is a scientific and methodical food safety management system recognised as one of the best ways of managing risk in food manufacture and preventing food borne illness. The HACCP system involves identifying, minimising or eliminating hazards in the food manufacturing process, from its raw state through to consumption.

This constant process is dependent on everyone, particularly the frontline staff, contributing by collecting data and then reviewing and acting on it. For this reason, whilst it is the responsibility of senior management to develop the HACCP system, the implementation through the day to day monitoring activities (such as disinfecting, record keeping, record temperatures etc.) are undertaken by the staff.

In order for HACCP to succeed, it’s important that frontline staff understand how these activities help identify hazards and corrective actions. Upon completion of this course, not only will learners understand what HACCP is and why they should implement it, but also the importance of their role to the success or failure of this food safety system, and how to carry out their daily activities correctly and consistently.

Successful completion of this online Level 2 HACCP training course will satisfy the UK legal requirement under EU food hygiene legislation (Regulation 852/2004, Article 5) for food businesses to implement a food management system based on the international HACCP principles.

Only by providing effective HACCP training can you ensure your employees are suitably competent to carry out their duties safely and to internationally recognised standards.

Course details

The sections covered include:

  • What is HACCP and why do we need it?
  • Contaminations, hazards and controls
  • Prerequisite controls
  • How to HACCP – the 12 stages
  • Using HACCP in practice
  • Typical control points
Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works with food including food handlers and food supervisors and anyone who works in the food industry but does not necessarily handle food. The course material can be applied across all food businesses including food manufacturing, food catering and food retailing as well as food packaging or distribution.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

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Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


With over 320 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 2 hours to complete (depending on your learning speed). All Virtual College e-learning courses are hosted on the Enable Learning Management System, which remembers your progress, allowing you to complete your training in stages at a time and place that suits you.

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the system works.


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course.


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

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