Basic Food Handler

Are you interested in learning practical food safety skills needed to be successful in the hospitality industry?

SITXFSA001 – Use Hygienic Practices for food safety

ITeC’s Basic Food Handler short course is for people handling food in cafés, restaurants, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, fast food outlets, sandwich shops, catering operations or other food retail outlets, under supervision.


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What you will learn in the course

In this course students will learn how to identify and control food hazards, prevent contamination of food that may lead to food borne illnesses and accurately report on food contamination incidents and hygiene hazards.


SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use personal hygiene practices to prevent contamination of food that might cause food-borne illnesses. It requires the ability to follow predetermined organisational procedures and to identify and control food hazards.

The unit applies to all organisations with permanent or temporary kitchen premises or smaller food preparation or bar areas.  It applies to food handlers who directly handle food or food contact surfaces such as cutlery, plates, and bowls during the course of their daily work activities. This includes cooks, chefs, caterers, kitchen stewards, kitchen hands, bar, and food and beverage attendants, and sometimes room attendants and front office staff.

Food handlers must comply with the requirements contained within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.


ITeC’s Basic Food Handler Course is delivered by a combination of correspondence learning and Knowledge Assessment plus a face to face Practical Assessment undertaken at ITeC’s premises located at 1-5 Miller Street, Coniston.  There are two (2) Assessments for this course.

You will need to read the learning materials, complete and return the Knowledge Assessment before booking in for your Practical Assessment.  If you require assistance during your learning contact ITeC by phone or email for support.  Once you have completed your Knowledge Assessment forward it to ITeC via email or drop it into ITeC at Coniston or post to PO Box 1700, WOLLONGONG  2500.

ITeC will acknowledge receipt of your assessment and the Assessor will contact you within (7) working days to discuss the outcome of your Knowledge Assessment and/or to arrange a suitable time for the Practical Assessment.  When both assessments have been completed satisfactorily ITeC will issue a Statement of Attainment for SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety.


  • You must complete ITeC’s Application for Course Enrolment Form.
  • You must provide a Unique Student Identification (USI) refer page 2 of the application form.
  • You must provide proof of identification, such as Drivers License, Photo ID, Medicare Card.


You will have up to eight (8) weeks from payment/issue of learning and assessment materials to complete both the Knowledge and Practical Assessments.  Refunds will not be issued for non-completion in specified timeframe.


$195 – Email soft copy of learning resources and assessments.

$230 – Hardcopy (pick up from ITeC’s office at Coniston).  Plus $10 postage & handling if required.

Payment is required when you submit your completed Application for Course Enrolment Form.  Learning and assessment materials will not be issued until full payment has been received.  Payment can be made over the phone using debit/credit card or pay in person at ITeC, 1-5 Miller Street, Coniston (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday).  Please ring ITeC on 4223 3100 to speak to one of our staff to finalise your enrolment and arrange payment.

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