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How do I become a Qualified Food Safety Trainer?

Food Safety Train the TrainerBecoming a Food Safety Trainer

Subject Knowledge

You must demonstrate that you have the required subject knowledge. Any certificate which is greater than 3 years old should be accompanied with an account of how you have kept your subject knowledge up to date which should also be verified by a suitably qualified person e.g. manager, course tutor.

 Recognised Qualifications:

  • Distinction in Food Safety & HACCP Management – QQI Level 6
  • Distinction in the Management of Food Hygiene NHP
  • BSc Food Science
  • Higher Certificate in Food Science and Management
  • BSc Environmental Health
  • BSc in Food Science and Health
  • BSc in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Hotel and Catering Management Degree/Diploma
  • Hospitality Management Degree/Diploma

Teaching Knowledge

All food safety trainers must have a teaching or training qualification. Again if this qualification is greater than 3 years old you should account how you have kept up to date on best practise. A formal training qualification is required, regardless of teaching experience.

A valid training /teaching qualification could be a: 

  • Foundation Course in Training and Continuing Education –NUI Maynooth;
  • Foundation Course in Essential Trainer Skills –NUI Galway;
  • Certificate in Training and Development –IITD; (75 hours duration)
  • Certificate in Training and Education NUI Galway;
  • Diploma in Training and Education –NUI Galway;
  • Higher Diploma in Education;
  • Degree in Training and Education –NUI Galway;
  • Degree in Education.

Experience and Skills

You must demonstrate you have the necessary experience to deliver food safety training programmes you should provide details of your employment in the last three years, including information on:

  • Experience of training others
  • Work in the subject field
  • Continuing professional development

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