Biscuit line and hand 133907819.jpg

Level 2 Food and Drink Process Operator
End-point Assessment

This apprenticeship is designed to train food process operatives, usually working on production lines, to work safely and efficiently. Apprentices in the food and drink manufacturing industry could be working for a company that specialises in producing one product, or a company that produces a wide range of products.

The Food and Drink Process Operator End-point Assessment (EPA) consists of three elements:

  • A knowledge test, answered through multiple choice questions

  • A workplace-based practical observation of skills

  • A professional dialogue and interview, which is undertaken after all other end-point assessment components have been successfully completed


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

To view the qualification specification for L2 Food and Drink Process Operator APO2 please click here

To view the qualification specification for L2 Food and Drink Process Operator APO3 please click here

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

Fee's Policy for AP02  click here or for FDQ’s Fee’s Policy for AP03 click here

Find Out More

To find out exactly what’s involved in the food and drink process operator  apprenticeship and end-point assessment download the standard and assessment plan here.

If you’d like to discuss the end-point assessment or the Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations, which is mandatory for this apprenticeship, 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

FDQ_L2_ProOperator_Guide_Cov_Oct19 (Smal

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 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations and end-point assessment in-house.

All FDQ’s independent examiners are experts in their field. Many have training experience with major food and drink manufacturers so they have in-depth knowledge of the food production environment. 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 process operator apprentice the best chance of success.

End-point Assessment during COVID-19

Where possible we are delivering the L2 Butcher end-point assessment in person. If that currently isn’t possible for your business and you’d like to discuss a remote EPA Contact us to discuss.