Certificate in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing
SQA’s Certificate in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set by Improve, the Sector Skills Council for Food and Drink Manufacture.
The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do. This certificate will enable those working in this sector to confirm they have the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.
The Certificate in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing leads to gaining the certificate of competence for those involved in the slaughter of animals covered by the EU Regulation 1099/2009 Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing. It covers different methods of slaughter for chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, farmed game birds, ratites, bovines, ovines/caprines, porcines, equines, large game and lagomorphs. The EU Regulation requires staff responsible for these activities, in slaughterhouses and/or on farms, to hold a certificate of competence.
Why deliver this qualification
This qualification is a mandatory requirement for those involved in the slaughter of animals covered by the EU Regulation 1099/2009 Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing Regulation.
Who does this qualification suit
This qualification is suitable for learners involved in the slaughter of animals covered by the EU Regulation 1099/2009 Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing who are working in slaughterhouses or farms, for example an animal handler or poultry shackler.
No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification.
Before being assessed for the qualification, employees are required to register for temporary Certificates of Competence with the Food Standards Agency (FSA). From the point of applying for a temporary certificate of competence, a candidate has a three month period to achieve the qualification.
On successful completion of their qualification, candidates may apply to the FSA for their Certificate of Competence and photo card licence.
- Employment in butchery
- Employment in farming
- Supervisory position in a slaughterhouse
- SVQ in Management for those in in supervisory positions
- SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) SCQF level 5
- SVQ 2 & 3 Food and Drink Operations (Meat and Poultry) at SCQF level 6
- Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6
Specific subject expertise is required to deliver this qualification which is detailed in the Assessment Strategy. To gain approval for this qualification centres should complete and submit a Qualification Approval Application Form. The Business Development Team can provide guidance in completing this form.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.
How to assess
Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.
Further information is available in the Assessor's Guidelines and Assessment Strategy.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
Information about the qualification(s)
Group Award code: GG75 04
The Certificate in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing consists ofoptional Units which candidates, depending on the requirements of the workplace, will undertake in agreement with their workplace assessor.
For further information on the units within this qualification please refer to the Qualification Structure (313 KB) document.
National Occupational Standards
Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.
The Certificate in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing is included in the Enhancement and Optional Outcomes sections of Improve’s levels 2 and 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship frameworks. The learners may take one or more units from the qualification as part of their apprenticeship programme.
Please see the Level 2 and 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks for further details.
Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material
- Improve Assessment Strategy (387 KB)