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Martyn Baker

Telford College

EU regulations require those who work in meat inspection to be suitably qualified. Our range of meat inspection qualifications apply to those wishing to work as either Official Auxilliaries (meat inspectors) or Poultry Inspection Assistants (PIA's).

As well as qualifying individuals to legally work in this area, the training will help them to become more skilled, more knowledgeable and able to discharge their roles more effectively.

The qualifications cover the handling and inspection of poultry and red meats in many species including; broilers and hens; ducks and geese; non-hunted game; turkeys; sheep and goats; pigs; cattle and lagomorphs.

This award covers the handling and inspection of poultry meat, ie. post-mortem only. There are several species pathways within this poultry qualification, including broilers and hens; ducks and geese; non-hunted game birds and turkeys. It is vital that Poultry Inspection Assistants take and achieve each species pathway as related to their job role. 

If your business works with live animals at time of killing, and you want to find out more about the FDQ welfare of animals at time of killing qualifications (WATOK), please click here.

Meat inspection qualifications

Suite overview

The Awards for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection meet the requirements for training and tests set out in EU Regulation 854/2004 (article 5(7)) Annex iii, chapter iv (B). Plant Inspection Assistants must select and achieve units from the bird species that appertain to their role.

The Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection and the Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection together meet the requirements for training and tests set out in EU Regulation 854/2004 for the qualification of Official Auxiliaries (meat inspectors).




Level 2 Award for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection - £60.00

Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection - £80.00

Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection - £385.00



FDQ Level 2 Award for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection

Qualification structure
Broilers and hens pathway
Ducks and geese pathway
Non-hunted game bird pathway
Turkey pathway

FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection

Qualification structure

Competence based qualifications

These are particularly popular with employers as training and assessment can be carried out largely within the workplace. This means qualifications can be undertaken during the working day and require minimal time off the job.

The qualifications and associated training can be tailored to be relevant to an individual’s daily work and business procedures, to ensure maximum benefit is derived by both the learner and their business.

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From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship


...Why both are no-brainers for businesses large and small.

I was lucky enough to be part of the dream team that designed the butcher standard – the first food craft apprenticeship to be approved by government. Now I head up the leading end-point assessment organisation for the butchery apprenticeship. As a result I feel pretty confident to pass comment on it.

Quite simply the butchery apprenticeship standard is transforming the butchery profession – for the better. Age-old butchery skills are being revived. That deep knowledge of the meat supply chain is being re-instilled. The industry asked itself the question, ‘What does it mean to be a butcher today?’, and the apprenticeship answered it.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask the 1000+ apprentices who’ve enrolled since 2018, the family businesses whose futures are now secured, or the retail giants, Morrisons and Sainsburys, who know a good thing when they see it and have hundreds of apprentices on programme.

So, what’s this got to do with bakery, I hear you say?

Because the bakery industry is on the brink of doing the same. We know there’s a market opportunity, but it has yet to take off for some SMEs due to funding obstacles. It will take a concerted joint effort by training providers and SME employers to demand that funding is directed to where it’s needed. Butchery overcame similar issues and I’m confident that the baking industry will do too. And here are 10 good reasons why the bakery apprenticeship is worth fighting for:

1.    It attracts 5 times the funding of the previous framework, £9,000 per apprentice

2.    Small bakery businesses only contribute £450 at most, and that cost is waived if you have less than 50 employees and apprentices aged under 19

3.    Largescale bakers have a dedicated ‘automated baker’ pathway within the apprenticeship

4.    It’s not just for youngsters! There are no upper age limits so the bakery apprenticeship can be used to ‘train and certify’ your whole workforce

5.    The employer is King! They negotiate the training contract based on what their business needs

6.    It delivers apprentices with proven skills – the compulsory end-point assessment ensures apprentices only qualify when they’ve mastered the skills employers need

7.    Apprentices are tested by independent industry examiners with years of experience – making success at end-point assessment a real confidence booster for the apprentice

8.    20% off the job need not be a barrier – training providers are now adept at managing this requirement creatively so as not to impact the smooth running of a business

9.    It’s meeting the needs of all types of bakery businesses today, with half the current apprentices being supermarket bakers and half being craft or automated bakers

10  All successful apprentices receive both an apprenticeship certificate PLUS a L2 Bakery Diploma

In short, bakery employers and training providers, it’s time to make it happen!


Find out more about the bakery apprenticeship and end-point assessment here or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs

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