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Understanding E. coli Training Course

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£25.00 +VAT per person

Course information
  • Certificate on Successful Completion
  • Access course on Desktop, Laptop or Tablet
  • 30 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Course Duration: 120 Minutes
  • CPD Points: 2

The online Understanding E. coli Training Course will help learners practise safe food hygiene by raising awareness of how E. coli can spread. Ideal for food handlers or those working with food.

Foodborne illness is unpleasant at the best of times, but Escherichia coli (E. coli) is one of the bacteria that, when present in our food even in relatively low numbers, can cause severe illness and even death.

It is of utmost importance that food workers understand the essential facts about these bacteria, e.g., where it originates, how it contaminates food and how this contamination can be prevented, making our food safe to eat.

This course is simple but engaging and will help food workers to understand and play their part in preventing this nasty bacterium from causing illness.

Most of us will remember the various break-outs of E. coli that have happened over the years. The outcomes for the companies involved have been losses of profit and reputation and, in some cases, imprisonment for owners of businesses. Some companies will never recover from this kind of exposure.

  • Work towards compliance with UK & EU Food Safety and Hygiene Legislation
  • Train online at your own pace with a full audio voiceover
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Certificate on successful completion
  • Course duration: 120 Minutes
  • Unlimited resits at no cost

Who is this Online Understanding E. coli Training for?

This course is designed for anyone who works with or handles food at any stage of the food process, from production to delivery.

Understanding E. coli Training Certification

Our entire library of training courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as adhering to the universally recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Upon passing the online assessment you will have the options to both print and download your Understanding E. coli Training Certificate in PDF format. In addition to this an automated email will also be sent to your chosen email address containing a link to your certificate ensuring you always have access to a copy.

Furthermore, a QR code is displayed on each certificate which when scanned by a smartphone links to our certification database. This allows employers, auditors and local authority inspectors, for example, to establish a certificates validity instantly and at any time.

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Course Aim

This online Understanding E. coli training course aims to raise awareness of what E. coli O157 is, how it can be spread, ways to prevent the spread of the infection, and some best practise food hygiene guidelines to minimise the risk to the consumer.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Explain what E. coli O157 is
  • Explain how E. coli is spread
  • Describe the symptoms of E. coli
  • Identify those in a high risk group
  • Explain how to treat E. coli
  • Explain how to prevent the spread of E. coli
  • List the principles of HACCP
  • Explain poor and safe food hygiene practices
  • List some recommendations

Training Course Content

This course is made up of the following modules:

  • Introduction to Understanding E. coli

    This section informs the learner what content will be featured in the training course, as well as a key recommendation summary.

  • Section 1 - Understanding E. coli

    This section covers topics such as what is E. coli, how it can spread and its symptoms. It also highlights the groups at most risk, what can be done to prevent infection, and how to protect others. To help understand the spread, it also discusses how the introduction of HACCP can help and how safe food hygiene practises can reduce the chances of cross-contamination.

  • Section 2 - The Spread of E. coli

    This section looks at how the infection can spread by carefully looking at different but highly probably scenarios such as in a food factory, a school, a supermarket, a restaurant and a residential home.

  • Section 3 - Seven Princicples of HACCP

    In this section, HACCP will be looked at via its seven principles. These principles include 'conducting a hazard analysis, where significant hazards are likely to occur to record-keeping, the act of recording information that can be used to prove that the food was produced safely.


On completion of the course lessons and training material an online assessment will automatically unlock. The assessment will contain 30 multiple-choice questions and a mark of 75% or above will be required to pass.

The assessment will be marked instantly and so you will know straight away if you have passed or not. If you don't pass first time there's no need to worry. Unlimited resits at absolutely no additional charge are available so you can retake the assessment again as many times as you need to.

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Course information
  • Certificate on Successful Completion
  • Access course on Desktop, Laptop or Tablet
  • 30 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Course Duration: 120 Minutes
  • CPD Points: 2

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