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Certificates of Competence

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Certificates of Competence

Qualification Overview

The City & Guilds Certificate of Competence are practical and relevant pig specific qualifications which involve on farm practical assessments. Registered assessors from a qualification center, will come on farm to assess stock people’s knowledge and practical skills across daily tasks. 

The pig specific qualifications are listed below, a number of units make up each certificate but these units can be achieved seperately:

Level 2 Award in Pig Husbandry Skills
  • Pig Breeding
  • Indoor Pig Farrowing Operations
  • Establishing The Weaner
  • Care of the Growing Pigs

Mandatory units:

  • Pig Stockmanship and Welfare
  • Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines

There are learning folders are available from AHDB Pork and candidates can decide with their managers when they are ready to be assessed. The learning folders from AHDB pork cover the content included in the qualification as well as a practical checklist of tasks included in the assessment criteria. Learning folders are £45+VAT.

Attending an AHDB Pork training course such as the Stockman Development Scheme or Stockman Plus Scheme is also a good way to help prepare for assessment.

Assessment Criteria and checklist can be downloaded from

To find a center and an assessor visit the NPTC website

Certificate of Competence Manual Order Form

Certificate of Competence Manual Order Form