Otago Polytechnic

Food Safety: Unit 167 (Practice food safety methods in a business under supervision)


Central Otago

One day per unit

On campus

To be confirmed for 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    3 September 2020
  • Dunedin
    14 October 2020

Working with food? This food hygiene unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business.

This unit explains the legislation of food safety. Through both theory and practical sessions, you will gain a basic understanding of safe food practices i.e. food contamination hazards, personal hygiene, food spoilage, contamination prevention, temperature and time management.  

This course is also available for year 11 to 13 high school students through the STAR scheme - talk to your Career Advisor if you're interested in this option.

Please note: These courses are run subject to minimum numbers enrolling.

  • If you have already completed the theory component of Unit Standard 167, you will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine your competency prior to enrolling in the practical session. 
  • Food safety regulations dictate that nails will be short and clean, with no nail polish. There is to be no jewellery (earrings, facial piercings, bangles, watches, necklaces/pendants) worn during the practical component in the kitchen. Health and safety regulations require that closed-in shoes with no heels must be worn in the kitchen. Failure to adhere to the dress code can result in no admission to the kitchen assessment, therefore a “not passed” result.
What to bring

Please bring a highlighter pen, ballpoint pen and some paper.


Please meet at the Central Otago campus, Erris Street, Cromwell. Please click here to see a map of the Cromwell area and campus.  

Payment and enrolment information

If your employer is paying the course fee, you will require a letter signed by an appropriate company representative on their letterhead. Please return this with your enrolment form. Your employer will then be sent an invoice for the course fee. If this is not supplied, you personally will be invoiced for the course fee. Results are not released until payment is received.

In addition:

  • As numbers are limited, admittance to class is by prior enrolment only.
  • You will be advised whether you need to bring your birth certificate or passport for validation purposes.
  • You will be sent confirmation of your enrolment via email.
  • An invoice will be generated on the day of the course.
STAR course information

Course content: Unit Standard 167: Practice Food Safety Methods in a Food Business (Level 2, 4 credits). Practical application and assessment of food safety methods. Theory and practical components AND Unit standard 168: Demonstrate knowledge of food contamination hazards and control methods used in a food business (Level 3, 4 credits).

Duration: Two days, 9.00am-3.00pm.

Dates: To be confirmed.

Class size: Each class is limited to a minimum of six students and a maximum of eight.

Requirements: To comply with Food Safety regulations, no rings, bangles, facial and tongue piercings, earrings, watches, necklaces or pendants are allowed in the practical session. Nails are to be short, clean and with no nail polish. Shoulder length and longer hair must be tied back. Closed-in shoes with no heels must be worn in the kitchen. 

How to apply for the STAR course

Talk to your school's Career Advisor who will contact Otago Polytechnic directly on your behalf.

Careers Advisors

Please email centralotago@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 765 9276 for more information and to arrange enrolment of the student.   


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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