Food manufacturing excellence qualification overview

Fresh new food manufacturing excellence qualifications developed by the team which devised the original FME qualifications for the food industry. We are proud to have these important new qualifications as part of our portfolio.

OAL FME levels 2 and 3 have several advantages over the original FME qualifications. Not least the fact that they have been developed with reference to the most recent National Occupational Standards. They have also been developed in consultation with the heavy users of FME; they have improved commonly used units along with a much more simplified and flexible approach to mandatory groups.

OAL Level 2 Certificate in Food Manufacturing Excellence – 603/1179/4

This qualification is designed to develop and confirm the performance of Food and Drink Process Operatives, so they have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding in techniques and change processes that drive improvement in diverse food supply chain businesses.

Food & Drink Operator Apprenticeship Standard

Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) offer the qualifications which supports the delivery of the food and drink process operator standard and the food and drink advanced process operator standard. We are also approved to offer apprentice end-point assessment services for both food and drink process operator apprenticeships.

To view the food and drink process operator standard, please click here.

Qualification purpose?

This qualification will support progression of learners to:

  • increased responsibility or promotion opportunities in work
  • level 3 vocational qualifications in food manufacturing excellence /food and drink operations/management
  • apprenticeships for the food and drink industry
  • advanced operations, technical or management related job roles in food and drink.


The qualification must be assessed using the following assessment method:

  • portfolio of evidence.

Learners are required to achieve all learning outcomes within units of assessment. Assessment will involve observation of learner performance carrying out an operative’s role. All assessment is subject to internal quality assurance within approved centres providing this qualification.

Externally quality assurance of assessment and internal quality assurance within approved centres is provided by OAL. This qualification is not graded; achievement certificates for this Certificate are issued on the basis of awarding a pass only.