International students expand on their skills with a nationally recognised food safety certificate

International students expand on their skills with a nationally recognised food safety certificate

The Food Safety Level 1 training workshop is clearing the way to job opportunities in hospitality venues that require mandatory accreditations.

RMIT’s international students have benefited from a free food safety workshop, giving them the knowledge, skills and accreditation to start working, or take on roles with more responsibility, in the hospitality sector.

Usually, food safety accreditation can cost around $150, and for international students this cost can prove a significant hurdle to finding and securing part time or casual work during their studies.

By removing the cost barrier and providing the workshop and accreditation for free, the University provides these students with the support and confidence they require to seek work in a new country.

International exchange student Querine Buiting said she was in search of work, events and activities in Melbourne when she came across the course offered by RMIT. 

“I saw that for some places you need a food handling certificate and RMIT offered it for free - I thought that was great!” she said.

During the in-depth half-day workshop delivered by CFT International, students engaged in an in-class presentation and written assessment followed by a demonstration and practical skills test.

International student Deepak, who studies a Master of Business (Information Technology), commented on how acquiring the certificate will help him take on more responsibility in his part-time role.  

Now that I have this certification, I will understand more about my workplace, and I can take on more responsibilities.
collage of students participating in an in-class presentation and practical skills demonstration Students participating in the in-class presentation and practical skills demonstration

After completing the course, Querine said she was excited to now have the certificate, as it will help her pursuit of enjoying a fuller experience in Melbourne, embracing all it has to offer. 

I want to temporarily work here because I think it’s a great way to integrate into the community of Melbourne.


RMIT international students can find career help and participate in more events like this at the International Students page on the RMIT website.

The Free Food Safety Certificate workshop - for international students has been made possible by funding from the Victorian Government through Study Melbourne.

26 July 2022


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