CIEH Level 4 Certificate in Managing Food Safety

This qualification, which was introduced in 1984, has been regularly reviewed and modified to meet the food industry's need for a high level practical training programme with external accreditation.


The training programme is delivered by approved tutors and consists of 36 hours of teaching time, typically over 5 days. Some courses are delivered in consecutive days, whereas normally the courses are scheduled over one day a week leading up to the examination date which is predetermined by the awarding body.

To undertake and be successful in the assessment candidates must submit two workplace assignments, as well as taking a written examination, which will last for 3 hours.


Suitable students for the course and examination will need to have an analytical approach to food hygiene and will be encouraged to demonstrate how they can influence others and positively encourage good standards.

The programme is ideal for:

  • Production Managers
  • Trainers
  • Owners or managers of food businesses
  • Supervisors with Intermediate Food Hygiene knowledge
  • Hygiene personnel
  • Hygiene auditors.

Course Aims

Successful candidates will be able to:

  • Guide and advise on the management of food hygiene in a food business
  • Contribute to the management of hygiene in a wide variety of food businesses
  • Identify further technical knowledge necessary in complex processes
  • Determine further training requirements
  • C Identify areas for legal compliance
  • Determine good practice
  • Design an improvement plan
  • Outline a HACCP type study
  • Promote and encourage good standards of food safety
  • Liaise with enforcement officers
  • Deliver level 1 food hygiene training (with appropriate training skills).


5 days 0930 to 1700hrs

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