The National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP)
The CRFA (Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association) developed the National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP) as an online training program to meet the needs of food service professionals across Canada.
The NFSTP is recognized as an accredited certification program in Alberta and in all jurisdictions across Canada that have legislated food handler certification.
The National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP) is approved under the Public Health Act, and it meets requirements under Section 31 of the Food Regulations in Alberta to certify commercial food workers who require a sanitation and hygiene training certificate recognized by the Minister.
This is an online training course designed to be completed in one day. It takes approximately 5 - 8 hours total, including the exam, but some people may choose to complete the course over a two day period. Depending on your needs, the schedule and training can be flexible. Need training tomorrow? We can accommodate! A full-time computer lab instructor will help you register, navigate the course, and proctor your examination.
This course is open to the public, including commercial food service workers and anyone interested in food safety and sanitation.
This course is offered daily (Monday to Friday) in Lethbridge and Pincher Creek, and daily (Monday to Thursday) in Cardston.
As long as a computer space is available, you can begin training almost immediately.
Please contact us at least one day in advance to book your space. Call toll-free at 1-866-380-3480.
1. Introduction to Food Safety
2. Biological Hazards
3. Food Safety Hazards (Chemical, Physical, Allergen)
4. Facilities Design & Construction
5. Equipment & Utensils
6. Control of Hazards (Purchasing to Service/Distribution)
7. Cleaning & Sanitation
8. Pest Control
9. Employee & Visitor Illness, Injury, and Hygiene
10. Education and Training
11. Program Management (HACCP)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does the NFSTP cost? Does the Exam cost extra?
A: $ 125.00 total, including the course costs, certification exam, and taxes.
$ 45.00 for the Certification exam only, including the sitting fee if you have already complete the course (ex: re-take for the proctored exam).
Q: Is this a recognized and certified program?
A: Yes. The NFSTP is recognized as an accredited program in Alberta and in all jurisdictions across Canada that have legislated food handler certification. That means if you move to another province to work where Food Safety certification is required, your certification is valid in other provinces. The NFSTP program is also approved under the Public Health Act, and it meets requirements under Section 31 of the Food Regulations in Alberta.
Q: How long does it take for my certificate to arrive?
A: Training can be completed in one day, including your exam. If you choose to do your course over two days that is also an option. You can view your exam results immediately, and you will receive your temporary certification immediately (same day). Your permanent wallet card will arrive in the mail within 14-30 days (usually within 2 weeks), which is much quicker than many other permanent certifications!