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Hospitality and Food Safety Learning Path

The importance of implementing food safety is a factor that can affect all of us, whether we are preparing food in our homes, working in a restaurant, or dining in a restaurant, providing effective food health and safety is vital to ensuring the health of everyone. The Alison Learning Path in Hospitality and Food Safety offers you a variety of courses that will provide you with extensive knowledge on working in the hospitality sector. You will learn about preparing food in a safe environment by learning about contamination, sanitation, pest control, and a number of other topics associated with food safety. This Alison Learning Path will inform you on all the different factors associated with working in a kitchen such as the different factors affecting kitchen layouts and designs, kitchen equipment, and handling food. You will learn about menu designs, table settings, and the different staff in a restaurant. This Learning Path will benefit students hoping to enter into the hospitality sector or anyone interested in developing a career in food safety and hospitality.

Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Hospitality Management Studies - Food and Beverage Services

    Hospitality Management Studies – Food and Beverage Services introduces the functions, operations and organisation of the food and beverage department in the hospitality industry. The course also provides information on service principles, menu design and objectives, and restaurant layout and design considerations.

    The course begins by introducing the food and beverage operations within a hotel. You will learn about the relationship between the food and beverage department and other hotel departments, such as room service and the stewarding department. The course describes the organisation and key duties of restaurant staff, including floor staff and kitchen staff, from apprentice to managerial levels. You will also learn how to implement best practices to restaurant staffing and procedures.

    Next, you will learn about the classification of food and beverage services, based on market segments and customer types, such as the leisure, student and industrial markets. You will also gain an understanding of the different types of menu, the objectives of menus and the comparison among different menu types. Finally, you will learn about the basic food and beverage services such as table setting, with a focus on the procedures and items required. You will learn about menu planning, menu design and the considerations involved in the process.

    You will also learn about restaurant design and layout as well as the functional considerations involved in restaurant ambiance, and the features that can help to create an ambiance depending on the restaurant type. You will learn what skills and knowledge are needed to be able to manage a restaurant effectively with proper use of resources. You will know how to implement best practices in motivating, and monitoring team members.

    This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the hospitality industry who would like to learn more about food and beverage services. It will also be of great interest to learners planning a career in the hospitality industry and who would like to demonstrate knowledge of food and beverage within the context of the hospitality/restaurant sector.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Hospitality Management - Health and Safety in Food Service

    Learn about implementing best practices in health and safety in food service operations by studying the course Hospitality Management – Health and Safety in Food Service. 

    The course first introduces the different factors affecting kitchen layout and design. You will learn about the features that have to be considered when designing the kitchen, such as the number of staff, type of restaurant and kitchen hazards. You will also learn about the ease of workflow, and the different types of kitchen equipment and how this affects the kitchen design and layout. Next, you will learn about food safety and the food handling process, such as the observance of good hygiene codes and habits.

    You will also learn about the different types of food contamination and the measures taken to control them, such as safe food storage, safe cooking procedures and correct food temperature control and measurement. Finally, you will be introduced to the types of accidents and injuries that occur in the food service industry such as trip, falls, cuts and burns. You will learn how to be aware of hazards, and implement safe kitchen working procedures to help minimize injuries. You will also learn about fire safety and how to recognize and use fire equipment found in most restaurants, such as the different types of fire extinguisher.

    This course will be of great interest to all food service staff and managers who would like to learn more about implementing best practices and procedures in relation to kitchen health and safety, and to all learners who are interested in hospitality and the food service industry as a career.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Food Safety Knowledge - Basic Level Requirements

    This course from Alison is compiled from the Food Safety Knowledge Network's Basic Level Requirements for Food Manufacturers. Topics covered include hygiene, water quality, allergens, and pest control, as well as contamination, food hazards, and incident management. The practices outlined in the course adhere to internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, and guidelines relating to food, food production, and food safety recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization) and United Nations.

    This course is ideal for individuals, food safety managers, and businesses responsible for food safety.

    4-5 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Food Safety Training - Safe Practices and Procedures

    Having a good sanitation and safety program is vital to any food service operation, big or small. This is a follow-on course from our basic level requirements course and will help you understand different aspects of food safety and sanitation. It will teach you different programs that can be brought into effect within your operation.

    From individual cleanliness guidelines that are applicable to everyone within the sanitation and safety operation, to the imperative role the manager plays in the operation, this free online course will quickly ensure that your food service operation will have a reputation for good cleanliness and sanitation. This course will teach you what to look out for when purchasing and receiving foods from an outside supplier, how to store food in the correct environment and how to prepare foods hygienically. Learn how to prevent and avoid accidents such as burns or cuts, and food borne illnesses by learning how they are caused.

    This online course will be of great interest not only to a person who wishes to start their own food service operation or who is already working in one, but to anyone who wants to know more about preparing food in a sanitary manner.

    3-4 Hours
    50 Points


Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Hospitality and Food Safety Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.


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