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FAST Classes

Food Awareness Safety Training

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The FAST course was developed to teach proper food handling techniques. Originally designed to target volunteers and non-profit sponsored events, it was expanded to reach food service owners, new employees and students. FAST Certification is valid for five years.

Register for an upcoming class by selecting the FAST form on our Forms/Permits page.

Twice per year, NDDH offers a  Non-Profit Semi-Annual Session, which is open to all, but available to participants from non-profits at a reduced cost. Non-profits must provide a tax exempt number. Participants from non-profits are welcome to take FAST classes at other scheduled times but will be required to pay full charge.

The class teaches the importance of food safety in preventing foodborne illnesses. Students are provided with knowledge of major diseases such as E.coli and Salmonella and the importance of personal hygiene, hand washing, and proper temperature control. Also taught are appropriate methods for receiving, storing, preparing and cooking food items. Finally, students gain knowledge about effective methods of cleaning and sanitizing equipment and the importance of insect and pest control inside the food service establishment.

Upcoming FAST class dates (all Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at NDDH except where noted):

February 4, 2020
*March 3, 2020  Non-profit Semi-annual session
April 7, 2020 - Postponed
May 5, 2020 - Postponed
June 2, 2020

September 8, 2020
*October 6, 2020 Non-profit Semi-annual session
November 3, 2020  

Northeast District Department of Health
69 South Main Street, Unit 4
Brooklyn, CT 06234

Fees: $55.00/Participant/Class/Regular Session
March 3 & October 6, 2020 classes are offered to participants from non-profit organizations at a reduced cost of $40.00/participant. Volunteer non-profits must provide a tax exempt number.

Class size limited to 20 participants.

If you have a large group (10 or more people) and would like to schedule a private class for your organization, please call our office at (860) 774-7350 or email us at

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