HPCSA Accredited Food Safety Practices for Persons in Charge of Food Premises Course (FS01)

HPCSA accredited Food Safety for the person in charge of food premises course as per Regulation R638. This course introduces the fundamentals of Food Safety practices, GMP and HACCP principles in South Africa.

Accredited Food Safety Training for Persons in Charge of Food Premises

Our Classroom Options

Option 1

Online Self-paced Training

HPCSA Accredited

Duration: 17 hours

Convenient, budget-friendly option. Start any time and finish it at your own pace. The certificate is automatically available immediately after completion.


Option 2

Virtual Classroom Training

HPCSA Accredited

Duration: 2 days

Join our next instructor-led virtual classroom via Zoom. You can contact us by visiting the link below for available dates, pricing and/or registration.


Option 3

Physical Classroom Training

HPCSA Accredited

Duration: 2 days

Our physical classrooms are based on demand and ideal for companies interested in onsite in-house training. Please note a minimum classroom size applies. Visit the link below to get in touch with us.


Course Information

Course Introduction

This course introduces the fundamentals of Food Safety practices, GMP and HACCP principles to persons in charge of food handling premises. We highly recommend this course if you are new to the food industry or new to the basic legal requirements relating to Food Safety.

Our course is accredited by the HPCSA, and the content is based on the requirements of Regulations R638, which falls under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972 (South Africa).

Are you in the process of applying for your food premises’ Certificate of Acceptability? There is a good chance your local authority might want to see proof of food safety training.

This course is specifically designed for persons in charge of food premises and complies with the training requirements per Regulation 10(1)(a) of Regulations R638.

Who Should Attend?

The following people will benefit significantly by attending this course if they are not familiar with Food Safety requirements or have never attended Food Safety training:

  • Any person in charge of food premises (required by Regulation R638)
  • Supervisors / Managers DIRECTLY and INDIRECTLY involved in food manufacturing / processing.
  • QA / QC managers
  • HACCP / Food Safety Teams
  • Internal and supplier auditors
  • Top management / Business owners

Minimum Prerequisite Requirements


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Food Safety, Food Quality and Food Safety Hazards
  • The Requirements of Regulations R638 Explained in Detail
  • Temperature Control and Management
  • Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Introduction to Foodborne Illnesses and Causes
  • Pest Control
  • Waste Control
  • Food Safety Hazards
  • Personal Hygiene, Grooming, Health, Behaviour and Clothing Requirements
  • Cleaning and Sanitising
  • Requirements for Food Storage Containers and Packaging Materials
  • Essential Documentation
  • Brief Overview of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Brief Overview of Food Defence
  • Brief Overview of Food Fraud
  • Brief Overview of Traceability and Recall
  • Regular Assessments

Course Benefits

How will this course benefit the learner?

  • The learner should have a better understanding of the basic Food Safety requirements for food premises after successful completion.
  • The learner will receive a certificate of achievement. A course pass rate of 70% is required to receive a course certificate.
  • The learner will be assessed to determine competency.
  • The course certificate can be presented to the local authorities as proof of Food Safety training for the person in charge.
  • This course is presented by our industry and subject matter experts.

Upcoming Virtual Classroom Training Events

Bookings 2 weeks in advance is essential. Please note we also offer on-demand virtual and physical classroom training for this course. Tell us about your preferences in the contact form below and we will be in touch to make the necessary arrangements.

Venue: Virtual via Zoom

Time: 09:00 am to 04:30 pm (Timezone UTC/GMT +2 hours)

22 to 23 July 202412 to 13 August 202426 to 27 August 202409 to 10 September 2024
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6 thoughts on “HPCSA Accredited Food Safety Practices for Persons in Charge of Food Premises Course (FS01)”

  1. Im planing to open a fast food take away so I need this course for myself so I like to know how much it costs I’m in Embalenhle Mpumalanga

    • Hi Jacob,

      You are welcome to complete the contact form on the page and we will respond as soon as possible.

      ASC Consultants

  2. I would like to take a course for my self and would like how much it will cost, the two days attendance. I am in Thembisa, GP.

    • Good day Thami,

      We have forwarded your query to the relevant department. They will be in touch soon.

      Kind regards,

      ASC Consultants


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