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Level 2 Abattoir Worker End-point Assessment

Abattoir staff must be compassionate and respectful to animals from the moment they arrive at the carefully controlled handling (lairage) facility through until the slaughter process. Teamwork and diligence are required, as is adhering to professional behavioural norms in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures. 

Abattoir workers must hold a valid licence to operate, known as a Certificate of Competence (CoC) which is granted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). This is required to comply with WATOK (Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing) legislation. To obtain this licence, apprentices must achieve the Level 2 WATOK award, which is a mandatory qualification within the apprenticeship.

Apprentices succeeding in their abattoir end-point assessment (EPA) may progress in the abattoir industry. Opportunities include: managing a slaughter-line, supervising the cutting and de-boning operations or even becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).


The Abattoir Worker end-point assessment consists of the following elements:

• A multiple choice test

• A workplace observation with questioning, lasting approximately 2 hours

The end-point assessment must be completed within twelve weeks of the EPA gateway.

The standard charge for EPA is 15-20% of the IfATE maximum funding rate, to view FDQ's Fee's Policy click here.

Abattoir Worker Qualification Specification

Advanced Butcher Assessment Details

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Available support guides for this standard to help you and your learners.

Information for apprentices

Support documents are there to help prepare apprentices for the End-point Assessment (EPA).






FDQ Guide to EPA

The Guide to EPA was created to give all parties guidance, support and a full understanding of the Level 2 Abattoir Worker Apprenticeship Standard EPA requirements.

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To find out exactly what’s involved in an FDQ end-point assessment download the End-point Assessment Guide below.

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