Requirements for Trainers
- A food safety trainer shall be approved by Food Safety Department and registered with the EIAC Accredited Certification bodies to conduct training.
- Trainer shall be a full-time employee in an establishment authorized and approved by the Food Safety Department to conduct PIC training.
- The trainer shall have:
- a clear understanding of the PIC competence standards (Table 1 & 2 of the PIC Scheme document)
- the necessary knowledge, qualifications, experience (Clause A4-10.3 & Table 3 of the PIC Scheme document)
- comprehensive understanding of the Food Code and other relevant legal requirements
- the necessary training skills to deliver the training program effectively.
- The trainer shall successfully complete a formal assessment conducted by the Food Safety Department.
- The trainer shall deliver a training developed by certification body which focuses on the training need(s) of the Person(s) in Charge and achieving competences particular to the workplace.
- The trainer shall use different means to deliver practical knowledge to the trainee.
A4-10.3.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Trainers
Trainers should strive to continually update and improve their knowledge of issues and developments within the area of food safety and apply that knowledge for training.
- The objective of CPD is to maintain high standards of professionalism and to ensure that knowledge is translated into communication of best practice to the trainees. CPD contributes to three basic areas:
- Maintenance of professional competence
- Enhancement of existing knowledge and skills
- Development of new knowledge and skills.
- The CPD points for various programs can be obtained from any activity recognized by Food Safety Department and/or other regulatory bodies.
- To retain the approval to train, trainer shall:
- Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities
- Seek to ensure that their CPD has benefited the quality of their practice
- Submit a written profile containing evidence of their CPD to the Food Safety Department & Certification body.
- Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice (Clause A4-10.3.6).
- Trainer’s approval will be revoked if the trainer is unable to submit the evidences of their CPD activities.
A trainer's CPD shall include activities in at least three of the followings (Table 5):
- Food Safety work-based learning (e.g. attending formal training, workshops, conferences that offer advanced knowledge or competencies essential to improve the current capabilities) – Minimum 50% of CPD hours (15 hours)
- Professional activity (e.g. involvement in a food safety professional body, mentoring) - Minimum 20% of CPD hours (6 Hours)
- Formal education related to food safety or relevant fields (e.g. further/ higher education) - Minimum 20% of CPD hours (6 Hours)
- Self-directed learning (e.g. reviewing books / articles related food safety and/or relevant topics) - Minimum 20% of CPD hours(6 Hours)
- Other (e.g. voluntary work in food safety events) - Minimum 20% of CPD hours (6 Hours)
Applying for trainer approval
The process of approving & registering applicants for their suitability to work as food safety trainers includes assessment and certification by the Certification bodies accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre and approved by the Food Safety Department.
- The applicant must provide following information to the Food Safety Department for the approval as a Person In-Charge trainer:
- Attested qualifications, certificates & records
- Detailed résumé with relevant experience.
- The applicant shall register as an approved Person-In Charge trainer with the accredited Certification body after obtaining approval from the Food Safety Department.
Qualification, Experience and Knowledge
Trainers must demonstrate that they have the relevant qualifications, knowledge, experience, and skills in food safety and training.
Food Safety Qualification:
- Trainers shall hold a verifiable Degree or post graduate Diploma that encompasses one or more of the following fields:
- Food Science or Food Technology
- Food Safety
- Environmental and/or Public Health
- Food Microbiology
- Management in the hotel, catering, or retail sectors (with minimum 2 course related to food science/food safety.
- Microbiology or Biotechnology chemistry, agriculture (with minimum 2 course related to food science/food safety)
- Trainer shall have formal qualifications in advanced food safety from qualification providers recognised by the Food Safety Department appropriate to the level of training offered.
Food Safety Experience
Trainer must have:
- At least five (5) years of experience in the field of food safety of which there should be at least three (3) years of industry experience in managing or supervising food safety in a food establishment.
- Trainer shall provide verifiable evidence of work experience to the Food Safety Department and the Certification Body.
Trainers shall hold a teaching certificate, or a degree recognized by the Food Safety Department and/or Train the Trainer course offered by accredited Certification body (Clause A4-8.4 of the PIC scheme document).
Demonstration of Knowledge and Skills
Trainers are required to demonstrate their training competency through both formal and informal assessment throughout the time they offer qualifications.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Trainers
Trainers should maintain and enhance their skills through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The CPD points for various programmes can be obtained from the Food Control Department.
Retaining the Training Approval
To retain the training approval the trainer must:
- Attend information up-date days provided by the Municipality
- Maintain a continuous up to date and accurate record of their CPD activities
- Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD to the Food Control Department
- Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice
The Food Safety Department requires a minimum of 30 hours CPD per annum for all trainers. The details of the CPD points along with the relevant documents should be submitted to the Food Safety Department via the Foodwatch platform.
Note: CPD activities should be separate from the trainings and qualifications that are a part of the basic requirements to be a trainer and the routine work of the trainer.