• FDQ pioneers the most innovative qualifications in the food industry – for the food industry.

  • We recommend FDQ’s professional bakery qualifications. They are particularly versatile and students have been fully engaged.

    Dawn Gemmell - Assistant Dean

    University College Birmingham

  • Delivering the WATOK qualifications has proved challenging; but great support from FDQ, we couldn't have done this without you!

    Craig Kirby BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS

    Association of Independent Meat Suppliers

  • The FDQ Assessor qualification has become an integral part of our business strategy, it has exceeded my expectations.

    Bryan Hurst, Training Manager

    Bernard Matthews

  • We are delighted to announce that FDQ has been officially approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation for the food industry.

    Derek Williams

    FDQ Director

Pioneering food industry qualifications

We have a dynamic portfolio of qualifications covering the entire food supply chain. From agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality & catering and everything in between. We also offer food-related apprenticeships and deliver a streamlined apprentice assessment service to the food industry. Besides all this we accredit cross-functional qualifications such as food management, team leading, food safety and health & safety.

Covering the
food supply chain

To reflect the nature of many food businesses today, our qualifications cover the food supply chain.

  • Agriculture and farming
  • Food processing and manufacturing
  • Retail, catering and hospitality
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Why FDQ

    We pioneer food qualifications which deliver sustainable business results for the fast-paced food and drink industry in the UK. We are an agile operation driven by our vision and tenacity to grow alongside our learners, centres and clients.
  • Why FDQ

    We believe in the power of the food industry to drive the UK economy, and are tenacious in our commitment to fill skills gaps. We do this through qualifications and training; bringing young people into the industry and up-skilling existing teams.
  • Why FDQ

    We are accredited and regulated by Ofqual, who give us the power to develop and award food industry qualifications. We have built a portfolio packed with sector and supply chain qualifications to meet your business needs.
  • Why FDQ

    We pride ourselves on both our heritage and our youth. Having been an awarding organisation for more than 14 years we have real depth of experience. Yet we have built a team with the innovation, flexibility and drive demanded by the food industry today.
  • Why FDQ

    We are proud to share our expertise with our clients. We have a team of qualifications and food specialists, who are focused on helping drive centre business in challenging economic and political times.

I find the clarity of FDQ's qualification structures, and wording of learning outcomes and assessment criteria to be excellent.

Jane Emery - Deputy Chief Executive
Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)

Bank Holiday opening hours and certification timescales


Our office opening hours for the Bank Holiday are as follows; closing 5:30pm on Friday 29th April and re-openining on Monday 2nd May at 9am.

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Do you have what it takes to be named the UK's most talented Butcher?


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Start your journey to becoming crowned 'Winner at Worldskills' and enter today!

Talented butchers across the UK have the opportunity to showcase their skills and battle it out to become champion in the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition for the second time this year.

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Verner Wheelock students achieve outstanding results for Auditing courses


Food industry training experts Verner Wheelock first began running FDQ auditing courses in September 2013. Over the past two years they have trained over 500 delegates in Auditing Skills courses, with extremely impressive results.

Verner Wheelock developed their own suite of auditing courses several years ago because they felt that accredited courses at the time were based far too much on theory alone. They lacked the necessary practical elements to give delegates the skills and confidence to perform effective audits themselves.


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