FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What is FoodSafe ?

FOODSAFE Level 1. A food handling, sanitation and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers such as cooks, servers, bussers, dishwashers, and deli workers.

How do I get started?

The Getting Started guide will guide you through the process of Registration and Online Course enrollment.
Click Getting Started, to read the guide.

Who needs a Food Handlers Certificate?

The food handlers certificate is most commonly required for cooks, but can also be required for servers, cashiers, bartenders, and anyone else that will be handling food.

Why do I need to register for a FoodSafe Manitoba Account?

A FoodSafe Manitoba account will allow you to purchase reserved spots in In-Person Classes, register for Certification Exams, and Online Courses. However, in some venues such as School Divisions, we will not be able to offer this, as they require us to have students register using their systems. We apologize for this, but it is beyond our control. Our hope is that we will be able to interface with these Venues at some point in the future.

Do I need an email account ? How do I get one ?

In this day and age, you certainly do need an email account so that others can communicate with you, including FoodSafe Manitoba. There are a number of free email services available to you, we do recommend Google Mail or GMail as it is commonly known. Click here to watch a short video that will show you how to create a Google Account. From there, it will show you how to use Gmail.

Does my Food Handlers Certificate expire?

Yes, your Food Handlers Certificate will expire 5 years after the date the Province of Manitoba Food Handler Exam was successfully completed and the certificate issued.

When we pay for an In-Person Class, Certification Exam or Online Course, what credit cards will you allow?

At present, we will accept payments from PayPal, as well as credit cards: Visa, Master Card, and Discover. All payments are done securely using Sectico Limited. To verify this, click on the lock image on the top left of the screen. It should say Site Information for FoodSafeManitoba.ca | Connection Secure. It is always a good idea to do this check on any website where you store personal information and before you make payments.

How can I prepay for a group of people and have them register and enroll?

This often comes up for different organizations. At FoodSafe Manitoba, we can sell you Vouchers for a specific number of students. They will all use the same voucher code assigned to them by you. When the limit has been reached, no further voucher codes can be used. When each student registers and enters the voucher code on the Registration page, they will also be automatically enrolled in the online course. They need to just click “Have a voucher?” and it will provide a spot to enter the voucher code.

The purchase of a set of voucher codes needs to be discussed directly with Lesly to arrange payment.


What do I need to pass the Food Handler Certification Exam ?

You will be awarded the certificate if you pass the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

What languages are available for the course and the exam ?

FoodSafe is taught in English and French, but there are other-language Student Workbooks available for purchase or use. FoodSafe has exams in other languages. They are organized with each question in English question/answers first, then the other language second. This makes it easier for the student to use their language then compare it with the English version. If there is not an exam in your language, FoodSafe also assists by doing oral exams. Other language exams include: Korean English French Punjabi FoodSafe also needs qualified Translators for the following: Ukrainian Polish Arabic Portuguese Hungarian Italian Vietnamese Japanese Portuguese If you have any of the above languages, and good knowledge of English, and, you are able to translate any language, please call FoodSafe Manitoba. People from all around the world settling here need help to find employment in the food industry. They need your help!

Also, note that our website provides for several language translations using Google Translate. See the page footer under Language.

Am I allowed to bring an interpreter to translate the course and exam materials for me?

An interpreter is allowed to attend the course with you to interpret the exam, but not allowed to lead the participant to “give” the correct answer. Any breach in protocol and the interpreter will be relieved. The interpreter does not write the exam for themselves.

I am visually challenged, how can you help me ?

Visually challenged students may request Oral exams by an instructor or FoodSafe Manager are offered at any time. Our online course allows for screen readers, font control, colour blindness, reversed image, greyscale, dislexia, etc.

I have hearing loss, how can you help me?

Students with hearing loss can have an interpreter attend the course with you to interpret the exam, but not allowed to lead the participant to “give” the correct answer. Any breach in protocol and the interpreter will be relieved. The interpreter does not write the exam for themselves. Signing, for the deaf: Signers are allowed to act as the interpreter and sign for the participant following the Instructors information. Oral exams by an instructor or FoodSafe Manager are offered at any time. You should consider enrolling in our online course.

In addition, exams can be conducted using Google Meet, which has a reasonable voice to text captioning. The video component can also be used for lip reading.


I can’t remember my password. How can I get a new one ?

When you go to the Register – Sign-On page to enter the system, you will notice a link on the right-hand side in red saying “Lost your password ?

Click this link and you will go to a page where you can set a new password for your account. There are several steps to this procedure for security reasons.

  1. Click “Lost your password ?” on the Sign-On form.
  2. You will go to My Dashboard Lost Password page. You will see the sentence “Lost your password ? Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset it.”
  3. Enter your EMail Address in the box labeled “* EMail Address” and click the “Reset Password” button.
  4. An email will be sent to your email address with a new password and a link “User Account” For example:
    Subject: Password Reset for FoodSafe Manitoba
    Someone recently requested that the password be reset for Your_Email@Provider.com.
    To reset your password, click on the button below: Reset Password
  5. Once you have successfully signed-on, you can go to the “My Dashboard” page, find and click “Edit Account“.
  6. You can now scroll down the page and click on “Change Password” to change it to something you can more easily enter.
  7. Don’t forget to click the “Save” button when you are finished making any changes.

I can’t sign on to my account. What am I doing wrong ?

Our website allows you to enter your email address and password three (3) times incorrectly before it locks you out. At that point, any further attempts to sign in from your internet address will be blocked for 10 minutes. You can wait and try again after that time. This is an industry-standard technique to prevent unauthorized access to our website.

I lost my certificate. Can I get a replacement?

Yes, FoodSafe Manitoba will reprint your certificate for $36.00, provided that it has not expired.

Please note that when you successfully pass the Certification Exam, we will issue you a digital certificate. You can print this as required, however, none of the information contained within the certificate is allowed to be changed. Also, the certificate is only valid for five (5) years from the date of issue.


Can I have a food business in my home?

Preparing and serving food from a home-based business for public consumption is prohibited. Province of Manitoba Statement

New Business

Anyone starting a new food business, large or small e.g. hot-dog cart, small specialty restaurant, or just providing or delivering food, must have a valid Food Handler Certificate. See By-Law Necessary equipment may be purchased in Winnipeg. Check the City of Winnipeg By-Law for minimum requirements. There are restaurant supply retailers to purchase your thermometers, test strips (for checking sanitizer levels), and pots, cooking utensils, etc. Check your yellow pages for food equipment supplies. Starting a new food business? Supplies for a new business

What would happen if I leave the exam before I have finished ?

If you leave the Certification Exam before you have completed it, the exam will be terminated and will score only those questions for which you have provided an answer. All unanswered questions will be graded as wrong. You may want to review our Course Delivery page for more answers. Please note that this policy is in effect regardless of whether you are writing the Certification Exam online or in-person.

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