It is a legal requirement for food business operators to make sure all food handlers are supervised, instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters in line with their work activity. For all but the most basic food-related jobs, this will involve the person training on a one-day level two or equivalent, food hygiene course.

We have run a variety of food hygiene and health and safety courses since 1985. As a result, we have awarded more than 3,250 Food Hygiene Training Certificates. The courses are awarded by Highfield Qualifications and are delivered by trained Environmental Health Officers in our offices at East Pallant House, Chichester. If you have any queries please email the Health Protection Team at

Level 2 - Food safety for catering

This Level 2 Course consists of a total of six hours of tuition on food hygiene and includes the following subjects:

  • Microbiological hazards
  • Contamination hazards and controls
  • Food poisoning and its control
  • Personal hygiene
  • Design of premises and equipment
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Food pests and control
  • Food safety management (from purchase to service)
  • Food safety legislation

The course is concluded with a short multiple choice examination.

The cost for courses taking place before 1 April 2023 is £68. From 1 April 2023, the course cost will be £75. Courses will take place at the Chichester District Council offices.

Course dates                              

  • Wednesday 19 April 2023                     
  • Tuesday 23 May 2023                           
  • Wednesday 5 July 2023                         
  • Wednesday 13 September 2023            
  • Tuesday 21 November 2023                  
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024                 
  • Tuesday 27 February 2024                    
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024          

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Bespoke group courses

Highfield Qualification Level 2 Award in Food Safety 

In addition, we offer a bespoke Highfield Qualification Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering businesses, making in-house group training both convenient and cost-effective. Training, with a minimum of 12 candidates, can be delivered at your own venue with dates and times tailored to suit your needs. For more information, please email us at

Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) coaching sessions

If you have any difficulty with completing and implementing the SFBB pack, Chichester District Council are running 2 hour coaching sessions to help businesses understand what is required and how it should be used. Sessions are arranged as and when they are required at a location convenient to you and are charged at £20.00 per head. If you would like more information or would like to attend please contact us.

It should be remembered that having a Food Safety Management System that is adequate and fully implemented is a legal requirement and will also have an impact on the score achieved for the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.