Train-The-Trainer FAQ

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Cancellation Policy

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Qualified substitutions are welcome anytime but please notify us immediately.

Cancellations more than 15 business days prior to the course date will receive a refund of the registration fee paid, less a $50 processing charge.

Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations less than 15 business days prior to the course date. If, for any reason, we cancel a course, your entire registration fee will be refunded. Class size is limited to 15. We reserve the right to re-schedule courses that do not have 15 registered participants at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled date.

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How much does the registration cost?

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In order to make this new program available to as many potential trainers as possible, these sessions are being offered at $449.00 per participant plus GST/HST and shipping. All related course materials are included in the registration fee.

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What are the prerequisites?

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There are some prerequisites to becoming a trainer with the National Food Safety Training Program

To become a NFSTP trainer you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have taken a nationally recognized food safety program (i.e. NFSTP, ServSafe, ADVANCED.fst, or FoodSafe Level 2) in the past 5 years with a score of 90% or higher; or
  • Have taken a CTHRC train-the-trainer course; or
  • You are a Public Health Inspector; or
  • You are a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist or equivalent; or
  • You are an educator (high school or post secondary); or
  • You are an independant food safety consultant/trainer; or
  • You are a Corporate Trainer.

If you have other qualifications that you feel qualify you to become a NFSTP Trainer please contact our head office at 1-888-829-3177. Evidence of your qualifications will be required.

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How are participants evaluated?

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We have established high standards for our NFSTP trainers.

Designation as a certified trainer with NFSTP is contingent on three levels of evaluation:

  1. Food safety knowledge: trainers must receive a grade of 90% or higher on the NFSTP certification exam. Trainers who re-certify must also maintain this level.
  2. Presentation skills: trainers must receive a passing grade on the in-class presentation (as evaluated by the session leader).
  3. Knowledge of training practices: trainers must receive a grade of 80% or higher on the Train-The-Trainer exam.

Certified NFSTP trainers will receive an official NFSTP wallet card, with Trainer ID provided on the back.

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How long is the course?

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The NFSTP TTT course is typically run over 2 days. At the end of the first day, participants requiring food safety certification have an opportunity to write the NFSTP certification exam. On the second day, there is a short review period, then all participants will write the NFSTP Trainer certification exam. Afterwards, all participants will be required to do a short presentation on a previously assigned topic.

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What is a "Certified NFSTP Trainer?"

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"Certified NFSTP Trainers" are food safety trainers that have been approved to deliver the National Food Safety Training Program in classroom settings, and invigilate NFSTP certification exams on paper or online.

These trainers must present the materials and exams in a manner that is consistent with our accreditation in all provinces and territories across Canada. This ensures that courses taught by our trainers will meet or exceed the requirements for any given province or territory, and that the presented material is the same for all participants.

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What is covered in the training?

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The Train-the-Trainer sessions will help you develop the training skills you need to effectively deliver the National Food Safety Training Program.  

It is important to note the in-class part of this course is NOT going to teach you food safety.  It is entirely focused on teaching training methods.  Participants must study the food safety component prior to coming to the classroom training.  Complimentary access to the NFSTP Online Food Safety Training course is provided as part of your registration so you can prepare for the NFSTP Certification Exam.

Train-The-Trainer Course content includes:

  1. Practical Lesson Planning
  2. Determining Training Needs
  3. Working with Adult and Special Needs Learners
  4. Communication Skills for Trainers
  5. Effective Use of NFSTP Training Aids
  6. Practice Training Session and Evaluation
  7. Administering an NFSTP Training Session
  8. Additional Training Resources

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Who should attend NFSTP Train-The-Trainer sessions?

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These sessions are suitable for individuals who have a background in foodservice, food safety or related fields and a basic knowledge of food safety principles and best practices.

  • Educators from high schools and post secondary institutions,
  • Consultants,
  • Corporate trainers,
  • Health Inspectors, and
  • Others with relevant experience or training.

Please note that as part of the Train-the-Trainer course, all participants will be tested on their food safety knowledge and that we reserve the right to withhold NFSTP trainer certification until a sufficient degree of food safety knowledge is demonstrated.

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