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A thoroughly modern take on cake decoration, whilst ensuring traditional skills and standards are achieved.

Lorna Jones

Tameside College

For individuals wishing to build a career in professional cake decoration, we have developed these specialist qualifications.

FDQ has designed this range of qualifications in order to train the next generation of confectioners and cake decorators.

We can work with colleges to bring fresh talent into the sector equipped with critical cake decoration skills and knowledge to carve out a successful career. 

These cake decoration qualifications cover a broad range of practical skills and knowledge including the following areas:

These qualifications will assist learners in preparing to enter the workforce or alternatively can help those already working in cake decoration to build their skills and knowledge off the job. The college based training which is linked to these short qualifications is based upon short courses of practical skills development.

Cake decoration qualifications

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These qualifications are designed for learners who are either working in or preparing to work in professional cake decoration roles.

They offer learners the opportunity to develop intermediate professional cake decoration skills. They are designed to recognise achievement in professional cake decoration skills in confectionery operations.

To find out how to add this qualification to your provision, please call or email us today.


FDQ Level 1 Award in Cake Decoration

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FDQ Level 1 Certificate in Cake Decoration

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FDQ Level 2 Award in Professional Cake Decoration

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FDQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Cake Decoration

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FDQ Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Professional Cake Decoration

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Professional food qualifications

These offer learners the opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge in an off-the-job learning environment.These qualifications are designed to support progression into futher learning and work-based learning. 

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FDQ at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) 2017 Awards


The FDQ team are all attending the FAB awards evening in Leicester tonight (19 October).  As a result the office will be closed from approximately 4pm today, reopening at 11am tomorrow.

If you need to contact us during this time, please email us at fdq@fdq.org.uk and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Qualification review


A number of our products require review, feedback from our centres is essential in ensuring FDQ qualifications continue to meet the needs of our centres, the food industry and its workforce. The qualifications affected can be found here.

If you would like to provide feedback please contact Jo Sterritt at fdq@fdq.org.uk

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