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Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety at Sea (RQF)

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About Course
The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety at Sea (RQF) is a qualification aimed at food handlers working on-board ships. The qualification is intended for learners either already working in onboard catering, or are preparing to work in the industry. Learners gaining this qualification will know the food handler’s role at all stages of food production while at sea. They will understand their role in food preparation and will know that food safety is the responsibility of everyone involved in the storage, preparation, cooking service and handling of food on board a ship.

Qualification Awarding Body
Highfield Qualifications  - UK

​Entry Requirements: ​
Age : 14 years or above

Course Duration
​Four (4) Hours

Course Fees

INR 7500 / GBP 75 / USD 95

​​​Modes of Study

  • ​Online

  • Classroom

  • In-House

  • Blended

​​Mode of Exam

  • ​Online

Guidance on Assessment

  • Assessment Method : Multiple Choice Question​​

  • No. of  Questions : 15

  • Pass mark : 10/15 (66%)

  • Duration : 30 Minutes

Course Content

  • Identify the importance of food safety procedures and behaviour, hazard identification and safe food-handling practices when on board

  • Identify how to report food safety hazards

  • Identify the responsibilities of food handlers working at sea

  • Explain the importance of personal hygiene in food safety

  • Identify effective personal hygiene practices relating to:

    • hand washing

    • personal illnesses and injuries

    • handling food

    • protective clothing

  • Explain how to keep the ship’s work area and equipment clean and tidy, by following maritime-specific procedures relating to:

    • cleaning methods

    • safe use of chemicals

    • storage of cleaning chemicals

  • Explain how to safely dispose of waste both on-board and at port

  • Identify the importance of pest control and reporting infestation, both at sea and in port

  • Identify contamination and cross-contamination risks to food safety from:

    • microbial hazards

    • chemical hazards

    • physical hazards

    • allergenic hazards

  • Identify safe temperature control practices, both on-board and at port, for the delivery and storage of food products

  • Identify safe date-marking and stock rotation practices on board

  • Identify safe food handling and temperature control practices, both on-board and at port, for:

    • preparing food

    • cooking food

    • cooling and reheating food

    • holding and serving food

  • Explain how to recognise and report food spoilage

The exam is conducted via Highfield E-assessment and is remotely invigilated online at your home or your workplace.​

Exam Requirements

  • Photographic ID [Passport / Driving Licence / National ID ]

  • PC/Laptop - PC or Laptop running Windows 7 or higher, or a Mac running iOS X or higher

  • Webcam

  • Smartphone running Android 4.1 or IOS 8.0 with camera / video functionality.

  • Good internet connection

  • Personal email address


  • Successful candidates receive a certificate from the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance.

Qualification Documents

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