Hygiene Specialist

Hygiene Specialist

On a hygiene specialist apprenticeship course, you’ll help provide specialist hygiene services in areas such as closed plants, sterile environments, food production and laboratories.

You will help hygienic operations, such as managing health and safety problems, in public and private sectors, such as food and beverage manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural industries.

Because you’ll be analysing and interpreting microbiological data and establishing applicable controls, you’ll have a strong understanding of microbiology.

As a hygiene specialist, you will identify the audit requirements of the hygiene management system and provide direction and assistance to other colleagues to ensure its maintenance.

You’ll learn about the science of hygiene processes and chemicals, and you’ll work with outside suppliers to locate and choose the best chemicals and hygiene equipment for the company’s usage.

You’ll oversee technical management and have a voice in operational management decisions.

What you’ll learn

On a hygiene specialist apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Adhere to relevant industry rules, permits, codes of practice, and safe working practices.
  • Participate in the development of new facilities and equipment and the modification of existing ones.
  • Contribute to the creation and execution of risk-reduction measures.
  • Create and maintain a hygiene management system that includes hygiene-related documentation, method statements, risk assessments, and safe work systems.
  • Take command of a pest control system that is integrated.
  • Select and use the most appropriate sampling strategy.
  • Implement mechanisms for validation, verification, and monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of organisational hygiene standards.
  • Correctly handle issues and mishaps, and provide recommendations to prevent a recurrence.
  • Contribute to and lead initiatives for continual hygiene improvement.
  • Create and carry out a hygiene audit plan to ensure compliance with legal, industry, and customer standards; conduct internal and external audits across departments.
  • Analyse and evaluate information and data to make informed decisions and propose solutions.
  • Manage waste streams and explore waste-reduction opportunities.
  • Agree on and monitor hygiene budgets; compare projected spending to actual costs.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods: 

  • Knowledge Test
  • Project with Presentation and Questioning
  • Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio

Duration and level

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Level: 4 – Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 4 Hygiene Specialist Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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