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

Mark Otley

Arko Training Limited

FDQ officially approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation


We are delighted to announce that FDQ has been officially approved by the SFA as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO), listed on the Register of AAOs. 

This means that as of January 2016 there will be whole new arm to our business. To this end, clients will see us roll out an array of specialist apprentice end-point assessment products and services to food industry centres old and new.

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Who will be your champion?


It is that time of the year again to nominate your most outstanding students, apprentices or providers for a prize at the popular coveted meat industry awards organised by Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers’ (WCB)


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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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