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Food Handler Training

RCDHU is offering in-house food handling training courses with COVID-19 restrictions, see below.

Food Handler Certification is offered by organizations recognized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. There is usually a cost for these courses.

The government of Ontario now requires there to be a certified food handler on site at all inspected food premises while open to the public. Renfrew County and District Health Unit public health inspectors provide free one-day training in safe food handling practices. Anyone can attend. The training includes laws, causes of food poisoning, and how to store, prepare and serve food that is safe to eat.

Participants must pass an exam to qualify for Provincial Food Handler Certification. This certificate remains in effect for five years from the date of the exam.

To register for a RCDHU Food Handler Training course, you can call 613-732-3629 ext. 505 or you can register online. See below for more available course dates.

November 17, 2021
Pembroke Legion
202 Pembroke St E, Pembroke, ON K8A 3J7
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Maximum capacity 30 participants. (BOOK EARLY AS SPOTS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY)

November 24 and December 01, 2021 (MUST attend both sessions)
Deep River Library
55 Rd Ridge, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Maximum capacity 40 participants. (BOOK EARLY AS SPOTS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY)

To be compliant with COVID-19 restrictions, physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times, masks must be worn, COVID-19 active screening from must be completed with “you can go” (paper format will be available), room must be vacated for the lunch period as no food will be permitted in the classroom area. Additionally, under the Ontario Regulation 364/20 schedule 1, section 2.1, to attend the course proof of vaccination is required as this is a meeting and event space.

If you have an expired certificate from a provincially recognized food handler training course, you can take the exam without having to take the course again. Please call 613-732-3629 extension 505 for more details.

You can download a copy of the Food Handler Training manual:



Printed copies of the manual can be purchased from:

Labine Printing
20 Moffat St.

Renfrew Printing
173 Raglan St. S.

H. Brittle Printing Limited
139 Daniel St. N.

Bayberry Lane Designs
19492 Opeongo Line
Unit B
Barry’s Bay
***Allow 2 business days to have your document printed

Digital Copy Express
11 Champlain
Deep River

Pembroke Office

TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000

Please note that RCDHU’s Renfrew office is open by appointment only. Water bottle pick-up and drop-offs will still take place at the regularly scheduled times. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 613-732-3629.