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Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator
End-point Assessment

Technical operators work in food manufacturing, often with supervisory responsibility for food production lines. They have an in-depth knowledge of food production, quality systems and health and safety in the food industry. Their knowledge of Continuous Improvement techniques will be used for improving productivity. A Technical Operator may progress to more senior technical or management roles. 

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

  • A written knowledge test answered through a combination of multiple choice questions and extended answer questions

  • A workplace based practical observation of skills

  • A presentation and interview, lasting approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes in total


The assessments must be taken in this order and apprentices must pass each component before taking the next. The end-point assessment must be completed within twelve weeks of the EPA gateway.

To view the qualification specification for L3 Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator APO5 please click here

To view the qualification specification for L3 Food and Drink Technical Operator APO6 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 AP05 click here or for FDQ’s Fee’s Policy for AP06 click here


Find Out More

To find out exactly what’s involved in the Food and Drink Technical 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 mandatory Level 4 Food Safety and HAACP qualifications that form port of this apprenticeship, why not call one of our friendly EPA team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk

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 qualifications 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 advanced process operator apprentice the best chance of success.

End-point Assessment during COVID-19

Where possible we are delivering the Food and Drink Technical Operator end-point assessment in person. If that currently isn’t possible for your business contact us to discuss our remote EPA service.