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Level 2 Abattoir Worker End-point Assessment

The abattoir industry is strictly regulated; abattoir workers must uphold professional behavioural standards at all times. The Abattoir Worker apprenticeship standard covers the apprentices core responsibilities, from receiving animals in lairage to their humane slaughter and hygienic evisceration.

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

To view the qualification specification please click here

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

Find Out More

To find out exactly what’s involved in the Abattoir Worker  apprenticeship and end-point assessment download the standard and assessment plan here.

If you’d like to discuss the end-point assessment or the mandatory WATOK qualification  why not call one of our friendly EPA team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at

Take a look at our helpful guides below

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Why FDQ?

As a food specialist awarding body FDQ offer supporting accredited qualifications as well as end-point assessment. We can help simplify the management of your apprenticeship programme by providing both the mandatory WATOK qualification and abattoir end-point assessment in-house.

All FDQ’s independent examiners are experts in their field. Many have experience throughout the meat supply chain. This means they’ll be able to guide you and your apprentice through the EPA process, so there’s no nasty surprises. You’ll also have access to our extensive support materials, such as preparation guides and mock exams. It all helps to give your abattoir apprentice the best chance of success.