Senior Production Chef

A Senior Production Chef strives to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. A Senior Production Chef is likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team.

A Senior Production Chef and their team work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

There are three assessment activities for the senior chef production cooking independent end assessment. The on-demand test and observation may be undertaken in any order and the professional discussion must be the last activity completed. All assessment activities must be completed within two months.

**Please note that this standard changed funding band to Band 6 (£4,000) on September 30th 2019**

End-Point Assessment Components

  • On-Demand Test
  • Practical Observation
  • Professional Discussion

On-Demand Test

The 90-minute On-Demand test (including reading time) will be scenario based, requiring the apprentice to demonstrate reasoning and joined up thinking, demonstrating synoptic performance against the key elements of the standard. The 45 question test will cover a representative sample of the grading criteria, be externally set and marked by an assessment organisation and be undertaken either on the employer’s premises or off-site.

Practical Observation

The practical assessment is an observation of the apprentice in the production kitchen environment. During the four hour observation, the apprentice should have the opportunity, if required, to move from one area/function of the business to another in order to best demonstrate how they have applied their knowledge, skills and behaviours in a real-work environment to achieve genuine and demanding work objectives.

Professional Discussion

The 60-minute professional discussion is a structured discussion between the apprentice and their independent end assessor. The discussion will be planned in advance to allow the apprentice to prepare fully and will include a range of question covering the period of learning, development and continuous assessment, coverage of the standard and personal development and reflection. The professional discussion will recognise areas which have already been covered in the observation and business project so as not to re-assess an area in which the apprentice has already demonstrated competence.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about the Senior Production Chef apprenticeship standard, check out our factsheets page or alternatively you can find more information via the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Senior Production Chef Apprenticeship Standard

Duration: 12 months
LARS Number: 139
Standard Number: ST0232
Level: 3
Funding Band: 6 (£4,000)


  • Payable at Registration: £187 (25%)*
  • Payable at Gateway: £563 (75%)**

(+£100 surplus if Face to Face Professional Discussion)

Functional Skills:
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics
Payment Terms: Training Qualifications UK will invoice for payment at the registration phase (25%) and upon the gateway process (75%). Payment terms 30 days.
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*25% registration fee is transferrable to a new registration should an Apprentice withdraw from the apprenticeship. Upon receipt Apprentices, Employers and Training Providers will gain access to the TQUK EPA management suite.

**75% fee paid at gateway in non-refundable as we anticipate that once the apprentice has passed through gateway they will be ready to undertake the end-point assessment elements. If the 75% payable upon gateway is not paid within 30 days of invoice we, as the EPAO, will put a hold on any end-point assessment activities being undertaken and any certification processes.

Training Qualifications UK offers one free re-sit per multiple-choice test where included within a standard. Element assessments re-sits will be charged per assessment and standard

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