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What becoming a centre means

To be able to deliver FDQ qualifications your business will need to become an approved centre and gain qualification approval for the qualification(s) you wish to deliver.

Achieving approved centre status means that you have all the necessary policies, procedures, systems and resources in place to assure the quality and integrity of the qualifications and programmes you provide to learners.

Which organisations can become a centre?

In theory any organisation can become a centre. You could be a large food business, a small learning provider, a college or a university. It doesn’t matter, as long as you have the right elements in place to meet the FDQ approved centre criteria.

Of course, meeting approved centre criteria requires certain resources, rigorous processes and expertise. Before you embark on the approval process you may want to speak to us to gain a little more information, please feel free to call on 0113 3970 395 as we would be delighted to assist.

The process for becoming a centre

There is a step by step process you need to go through to become an approved FDQ centre, this is outlined below.

  • 1

    Complete our Centre Approval and Qualification Approval application forms and send them, together with supporting evidence, to

  • 2

    We will review your application and be in touch within 10 days.

  • 3

    We will notify you of the outcome, which will either be:

    • a

      More information needed: our approvals team will request additional information to complement your application. This will then be further progressed

    • b

      Visit required: our approvals team will arrange to meet you. They will be looking for evidence to confirm that the centre approval criteria have been met. Our approvals team will make recommendations to FDQ. The FDQ quality team will then confirm the outcome of the visit which may be: approval granted; approval withheld subject to an action plan or denied

    • c

      Approval granted

  • 4

    Once approval is granted we will send you our centre agreement to be signed by an authorised person. On receipt of this completed centre agreement we will send formal confirmation, our Centre Handbook and your log on information for our online system.

  • 5

    You are now ready to start registering learners onto your FDQ qualifications.

Get started

If you would like to start now, please download our centre approval and qualification approval documentation below:

I have no hesitation in choosing FDQ for our compliance qualifications. Their expertise and service are second to none.

Mark Otley

Arko Training Limited

MEAT Ipswich learner is FDQ’s 100th EPA success!



 Owen Smith

 Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.



Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,


"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "


Originally studying for  ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.


Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.

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