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

  • We have achieved truly sustainable gains in terms of performance and waste reduction thanks to FME.

    Mark Heath

    Operations Manager

    Cott Beverages

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

    Dawn Gemmell - Assistant Dean

    University College Birmingham

  • We use FDQ’s food safety to ensure legislative compliance and high quality, safe food.

    Richard Dilworth - Group Safety and Training Manager


  • Finalist FAB Awards 2015 – Qualification of the Year - FDQ Level 3 Diploma in Gourmet Food

    Federation of Awarding Bodies

Pioneering food industry qualifications

We have a dynamic portfolio of competence based, professional and learning focused qualifications covering the food supply chain. From agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality & catering and everything in between. We also offer 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)

Watok Update - October 2015


Finally, after almost 34 months of transitional procrastination it looks like Government will act to implement Watok Regulations in England in early/mid-November. With grandparent rights running out on the 8th December (end of the transitional provisions in Article 29 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009), there is very limited time for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue Certificates of Competence. 

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FDQ conference 18th November 2015


We are pleased to confirm that the date for the FDQ Annual Centre Conference is Wednesday 18th November 2015 at The Village Urban Resort Hotel, Leeds.

It’s a time of considerable change in learning and skills! The provision of food sector training and qualifications challenges our skills in efficient and effective delivery. So it’s no surprise that this year’s event will be taking a look at key developments over the coming year; how these might impact on provision and potential solutions.


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Verner Wheelock celebrates 25 years!


A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a celebration of Verner Wheelock Associates (or VWA as some of you may know it as), welcoming its 25th year in business, in a picturesque setting in Skipton. There was a wonderful afternoon of well wishes, stories and the insightful history of where Verner Wheelock began. We took a trip down memory lane by revisiting old photos, staff and learners alike. It really was a well organised and poignant celebration of their resounding success.

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