The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland is primarily concerned with the health of Scotland’s people. One of the most effective ways to use scarce resources to improve public health is through education and training.

REHIS is a long established awarding body in Scotland for qualifications in Food Hygiene, Food and Health, HACCP, Control of Infection, Occupational Health and Safety and First Aid. Courses leading to REHIS qualifications are available at Approved Training Centres throughout Scotland and delivered by suitably qualified registered presenters.  Industry and Enforcement Officers recognise REHIS qualifications, not just in Scotland but nationally and internationally.  Many of the courses have been independently credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) .

The qualifications are split into the following suites:

  • Food Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • Control of Infection
  • First Aid
  • Food and Health
  • Licensing

Within each suite there are various levels of qualifications which can be found here


To become eligible to provide REHIS qualifications applicants (organisations or individuals) can apply to become an approved Centre for each of the suites.  New presenters (Trainers) need to be approved for each Centre and provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria by completing the Presenter application form and sending in copies of relevant qualifications. New presenters generally start with the Elementary level.  More information on how to apply to be an approved center can be found here.

Joint Award Programme

Where a standard REHIS qualification is not appropriate, REHIS will work with a partner to develop a sector or organisation specific qualification which will be certified by the Institute. Joint Awards have been agreed between REHIS and Training Organisations and the Food Industry and cover fish processing, alginate production, food production in NHS Trust hospitals and meat product manufacture. REHIS and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) work together and have produced SVQ units and modules which are also accredited by REHIS.