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Understanding E.coli Training Course

The Understanding E.coli training course will help the learner practice safe food hygiene by raising awareness of how E.coli can spread. Ideal for food handlers or those working with food.

Food borne 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 a matter of utmost importance that food workers understand the essential facts about this 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 every food worker understand and play their part in preventing this nasty bacteria 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 instances, imprisonment for the owners. Some companies will never recover from this kind of exposure.

Who is this Understanding E.coli course for?

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

Understanding E.coli Course aim

The aim of this online Understanding E.coli training course is to raise an awareness of what E.coli O157 is, how it can be spread, ways to prevent the spread of the infection and some best practice food hygiene guide lines in order to minimise the risk to the consumer.

Course content

This online course covers the following topics:

  • What E.coli O157 is
  • Where E.coli comes from
  • Ways in which the infection can be spread
  • The symptoms of E.coli
  • High risk groups
  • The treatment of the infection
  • Ways to prevent the E.coli infection
  • An overview of the 7 principles of HACCP
  • Safe and poor food hygiene practices
  • Recommendations
  • Recent E.coli outbreaks in the UK

Course duration

The average time required to complete the learning is approximately 2 hours, however the course is designed to go at the pace of the learner and can be completed in more time if needed.


The online assessment for the course consists of 30 multiple choice questions. In order to be successful, candidates must achieve a 75% pass mark (23 or more) to obtain the certificate.

Understanding E.coli Certification

CPD Certified

On successful completion of the online training assessment, the candidate will be able to print/save their Understanding E.coli certificate. In addition to this, an email is sent to the candidate containing a link to the certificate.

This is the simplest, most convenient way to achieve compliance. Also, a QR code has been added to the certificate, which can be scanned by a smartphone to establish the certificate’s validity.

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Understanding E.coli cert

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Course information
  • Certificate on Successful Completion
  • Access course on Desktop, Laptop or Tablet
  • 30 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 2 Hour Duration

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