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CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety

arrow  CIEH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering
arrow  CIEH Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing

From food business owners to trainers, from production managers to hygiene auditors, this qualification meets the food industry’s need for a high level practical qualification with external accreditation.

Who needs this qualification?

Managers, supervisors and senior hygiene personnel such as:

  • production managers
  • trainers
  • owners or managers of food businesses
  • supervisors with intermediate food hygiene knowledge
  • hygiene auditors
  • shift managers or supervisors

This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to deliver CIEH food safety qualifications as part of their training provision.

Why is this training important?

Beyond being accountable, it is important for everyone in a managing or supervising position to have mastered the principles of good practice in food safety, thus gaining the ability to guide and advise on the management of food hygiene in a food business.

The CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety have been designed as a five day programme to provide an in-depth understanding of food safety with an emphasis on the importance of the management of systems and staff.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify areas for legal compliance
  • Design an improvement plan
  • Deliver the CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety (with appropriate training skills)

CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety Assessment Methodology

The assessment methodology for the CIEH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering and CIEH Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing now comprises a controlled assignment and an examination paper both of which are to be completed under examination conditions.

Candidates who enrolled for a level 4 course prior to 1 January 2011 can continue to sit the old-style assessment (two assignments and a two-part examination paper) until 30 June 2011. After this date, all candidates will have to make the transition to the new-style assessment.


Duration  Duration  Five day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Controlled Assignment and Exam
Ofqual Regulated  Ofqual Regulated  Yes
Ofqual Qualification Number  Ofqual Qualification Number  Catering: 500/5470/3
Manufacturing: 500/5318/8
QCF  QCF  6 credits
QCF Reference  QCF reference  Catering: H/502/0390
Manufacturing: J/502/0348
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   Recommended prior knowledge to the level of the CIEH Level 3 Awards in Food Safety  
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision for Manufacturing