Food Safety Education

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The Food Safety Education program is a statewide program launched in 1989 with the primary purpose of protecting the public from foodborne illnesses through education and training. The instructors, Food Sanitarians with extensive field experience, provide real world insight. Participants include chefs, cooks, dieticians, managers, pantry workers, stewards, waiters, waitresses, and a host of other professions.

The following workshops and classes are offered at NO CHARGE:

    • FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP (MANAGER LEVEL). During this 2-day workshop, you’ll learn to implement specific procedures to prevent foodborne outbreaks, utilize proper food handling techniques to ensure safe food service, conduct a sanitation self inspection of your premises, and understand basic concepts of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (“HACCP”) system.
    • FOOD SAFETY CLASS (FOOD HANDLER LEVEL). These 1 and 2 hour classes are designed to provide the food handler with a basic understanding of food microbiology, become familiar with the major foodborne illnesses and learn to implement specific procedures to ensure safe food preparation. The classes also provide an excellent review for those already certified.

OAHU workshops are held at 99-945 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, HI  96701 (same road entrance as Animal Quarantine) on the following dates:

Food Safety Certification (MANAGER LEVEL) 2-Day Workshop: July – December 2017

Food Safety Class (FOOD HANDLER LEVEL)  2-Hour Workshop: July – December 2017

For Oahu registration information and directions, please contact Dennis Loo at (808)859-0264 or

NEIGHBOR ISLAND workshops are held on the Islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. Click on your location of interest to register online:





For Neighbor Island registration information, please contact John Nakashima at (808)933-0931 or

A new mandate for Food Handlers Education certification* requires at least one employee present at every food establishment during normal hours to have a formal food handlers training level certification.  In addition to DOH Food Safety Education workshops, ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited courses will meet this requirement.  Click on the following link to see a list of online courses that are ANSI accredited: ANSI Food Handler Training Certificate Programs**

*Requirement effective September 2018

**Some organizations on this list do not mention Hawaii, but we will recognize the certificate issued by their program as they are ANSI accredited.

To view a video on food safety, click on any of the four parts below:

Do It Right Video Part 1
Do It Right Video Part 2
Do It Right Video Part 3
Do It Right Video Part 4