Safe Food Handling – Flexible Study Course

HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices

Maintaining high standards of hygiene is essential in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and ensuring good health. Effective hygiene practices assist significantly in reducing the likelihood of children becoming ill due to cross-infection or as a result of exposure to materials, surfaces, body fluids or other substances that may cause infection or illness. Regulatory body assessors may wish to observe safe and hygienic storage, handling, preparation and serving of all food and drinks consumed by children, including foods brought from home as part of their National Quality Standard assessment and rating process.

This Safe Food Handling course is designed to ensure hygienic food handling practices and food safety are maintained in the preparation and service of food at your service. Whilst completing the course, you will develop skills and practical knowledge relevant to your service routine as the program has been customised to meet early childhood industry needs. The course is accredited, nationally recognised and on successfully completing the course the student with achieve a Statement of Attainment in HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices.

Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 state:


Division 1 – Health, safety and wellbeing of children

77 Health, hygiene and safe food practices

(1) The approved provider of an education and care service must ensure that the nominated supervisor and staff members of, and volunteers at, the service implement –

  • adequate health and hygiene practices; and
  • (b) safe practices for handling, preparing and storing food –

to minimise risks to children being educated and cared for by the service.

(2) The nominated supervisor of an education and care service must implement, and ensure that all staff members of, and volunteers at, the service implement –

  • adequate health and hygiene practices; and
  • safe practices for handling, preparing and storing food –

to minimise risks to children being educated and cared for by the service.

(3) A family day care educator must implement –

  • adequate health and hygiene practices; and
  • safe practices for handling, preparing and storing food –

to minimise risks to children being educated and cared for by the service.

For further information please read the ECTARC Student Information Handbook.

  • Written Assignment
  • Third Party Report signed by a workplace supervisor
  • Video: Two (2) videos are required to be submitted demonstrating following correct hand washing procedures and cleaning and tidying work areas at least twice (2 times).

Assessment Submission Requirements

Fee for service students must submit all assessment tasks within the 6 month period. Where the student has not made attempt to contact ECTARC in this time the student will be withdrawn from the program.

ECTARC students receive support from their personal ECTARC Training and Development Officer by phone, email, live webinar study sessions and assessment visits in the service. ECTARC students have access to the online ECTARC Training Portal where they can access learning materials and submit assessments. Practical assessments are conducted through observation in the workplace or via live video conferencing.  Through the ECTARC Training Portal students can also:

– message their Training and Development Officer
– upload forms and documents
– view marked assessment tasks – students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked
– access resources – additional information and documentation to support learning.

The ECTARC Training Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The ECTARC Training Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If for some reason you do not have access to the internet please contact our office to arrange an alternative study solution. Hard copies of learning materials can also be provided on request.

ECTARC guarantees that a Training and Development Officer is always available to speak to Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm.

Access to the Training Portal on completion

All students will have 14 days access to the ECTARC Training Portal after their course completion date to download content and any completed assessments for future reference. To download completed assessments, go to the relevant unit and click on the ASSIGNMENTS link to view your assessment tasks. Click on the assessment task you wish to copy and then right click on your mouse and choose the PRINT function. Change the destination from your printer to the PDF setting and click SAVE. If you have any questions regarding the saving of your online content, please call 02 4223 1111.

Please keep in mind when you enrol in a single unit that our marking turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks. Once the assessment process has been completed and the unit has been deemed competent, ECTARC will issue a Statement of Attainment within 2 weeks of the completion date. If you require your qualification earlier we will do our best to accommodate your request but cannot always guarantee marking will occur in the time frame needed due to the large volume of students completing single units and qualifications. Please ensure you are aware of these requirements and have all components completed when you submit your assessment for marking.

Average completion time is 15 hours. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. The unit must be completed within 6 months from date of enrolment.

Please see the ECTARC Fee Schedule for current fees.

Courses can be commenced at any time of  year.

What you need to read…

Students are required to read the following documentation and ECTARC policies prior to commencing the online Enrolment Application Form (this will be sent to you by email from ECTARC) to ensure they understand their rights and responsibilities before enrolling:

What you need to get ready…

To complete the online enrolment application form, students need to:

  • provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • photo identification – driver’s licence, passport or proof of age card – take a photo of the document so it is ready to upload (this will be verified throughout the Practical Assessment process)
  • give permission on the USI website for ECTARC to view their USI records (if applying for credit transfer only). Note: Where study was completed prior to 2015 or has not yet been reported, the student must provide a copy of their transcript for ECTARC to verify with the training provider.


It’s a regulatory requirement that if you’re studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide students with easy access to their training records and results (transcript) throughout their life. You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone anytime.

How do you get a USI?


Follow the steps here to get a USI. It is easy and quick to do. When you enrol online you will be required to enter your USI number.

For detailed information on the USI please visit the Australian Government’s Department of Industry website at visit


On enrolment you are required to upload a copy of photo identification (e.g driver’s licence, passport or proof of age card).  Your ECTARC Training and Development Officer will need to verify the original document during your Practical Assessment.  Instructions for this are provided in the ECTARC Training Portal.

Previous Qualifications

The Australian Governments’ Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) 2015 requires RTO’s, such as ECTARC, to authenticate VET qualifications, Statement of Attainments and transcripts that are provided by students for the purposes of granting credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To do this students must provide copies of qualifications, Statements of Attainments and/or transcripts to ECTARC and grant permission for ECTARC to view their records on the USI Portal at

Where permission is not granted, ECTARC will contact the issuing RTO for verification.

Please note

ECTARC requires all documentation and relevant information before fully processing enrolments. Training will not commence until all documentation is received. We want to ensure that you get any credit transfer or RPL you are entitled to and that all regulatory requirements are met.

For more information on ECTARC’s policies such as complaints, refunds and privacy please click here.


If you are having technical difficulties using the online service please download the enrolment form here to complete and send to ECTARC at