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Food Safety Management System

WSQ Food Safety Course Level 4


The WSQ Food Safety Course Level 4 is designed for personnel in supervisory role which involves establishing and overseeing food safety standards in their food establishments.

Training is a key component in the implementation and management of a FSMS. Successful implementation and management of FSMS require commitment and knowledge. To help with the implementation of FSMS, the WSQ Food Safety Course Level 4 has been developed for the food industry and has replaced the previous WSQ Apply Food Safety Management System For Food Service Establishments course.

This programme equips participants with occupational knowledge and skills in applying Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to develop, implement, maintain and update a HACCP-based Food Safety Management System (FSMS). This programme also provides participants with knowledge and skills to perform internal audits of FSMS and manage and address non-compliances. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to develop, implement and manage a FSMS plan at the food establishment they are working at. Participants whom have completed the programme will also qualify as an Advanced Food Hygiene Officer.

The course consists of 22 hours of coursework, and 6 hours of assessment. Upon successful completion of the course and assessment, a Statement of Attainment (SOA) will be awarded to participants.

Figure 1. Training structure for WSQ Food Safety Course Level 4

Assessment format

The training programme will enable participants to develop and implement a FSMS plan at the food establishment they are working at, and for submission to SFA.

At the end of the training (22 hours), participants will be required to undergo a written assessment (2 hours), which consists of short answer and case-based questions.

In addition, participants need to undergo an on-site practical assessment (4 hours) on FSMS implementation.  This ensures that FSMS plans developed by the participants graduating from the course meet SFA’s requirements.

Upon passing WSQ Food Safety Course Level 4 and successful implementation of a FSMS, a SFA officer will subsequently inspect the food establishment based on the submitted FSMS plan.

Course registration

Licensees may register for the course with the following Approved Training Organisations (ATO):

Asian Culinary Institute (ACI)

Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, Lifelong Learning Institute #03-01 (Lift Lobby A), Singapore 408601 
Phone: 6417 3318  
Email :



Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Industry Training Programme, General Programmes & Systems Department 
Address: 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720 
Phone: 1800 222 2111 



Singapore Polytechnic (SP) - Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy

Address: Block T16 (Level 2), Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651

Phone: 6772 1288



Temasek Polytechnic (TP) – Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA) 

Address: Temasek Polytechnic, East Wing Block 1A Level 3 Unit 81, 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757

Phone: 6788 1212




Achievement of Gold award under Safety Assurance for Food Establishments (SAFE) framework

Under the SAFE framework, food establishments in Category A (e.g. food manufacturers, slaughterhouses, restaurants, caterers and licensees with permission to provide catering as an ancillary service that aspire for the Gold award are required to meet these criteria:

  1. Maintain good track record (no major lapse) for 10 years; AND
  2. Appoint a trained Advanced Food Hygiene Officer; AND
  3. Implement an accredited Food Safety Management System
For more information on the SAFE framework, please refer to