There are free food safety courses available online from sources such as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alison and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Some websites offer a post-course certification option for food service workers for free or with a fee.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers a free online food protection course designed for those who work in New York City restaurants. This course features quizzes, and those seeking certification must pay a fee and pass a final exam to get a certificate.
Alison offers a free food safety diploma course with certification. The course is designed to take 15 to 20 hours and requires multiple assessments to get the certificate.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has two 25- to 35-minute long online modules for food handlers and farmers' market vendors. Although those who complete a module get a certificate, those who need professional certification need to take the organization's classroom food handler training courses.